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Combination of ketamine and xylazine for effective anaesthesia of juvenile chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes)
- April, Milton, Tabor, Edward, Gerety, Robert J.
- Laboratory animals 1982 v.16 no.2 pp. 116-118
- Pan troglodytes, anesthesia, biopsy, body weight, intramuscular injection, juveniles, ketamine, laboratory animals, mortality, xylazine
- Intramuscular administration of ketamine at 15-20 mg/kg bodyweight provided effective levels of anaesthesia for venipuncture in 23 chimpanzees aged 12-36 months. For procedures such as plasmaphereses or percutaneous needle biopsy requiring longer anaesthetic times, xylazine (l mg/kg) was given with the ketamine. More than 1600 procedures were performed under anaesthesia on the 23 chimpanzees over a period of 18 months with no mortality. Recovery was smooth and uneventful.