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Veterinarians often use the drug fentanyl to alleviate pain in many animal species; however, its analgesic properties haven't been studied in camelids. Researchers will compare the analgesic effect of three formulations of fentanyl in alpacas: a novel, topically applied liquid formulation, a transdermal patch and an intravenous injection. They will determine how well fentanyl works to alleviate pain in alpacas and which route of administration is most optimal. Findings will help veterinarians enhance postoperative care of critically ill alpacas and other camelids.

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The Ohio State University
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United States
Turi K. Aarnes, DVM, MS, DACVAA
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