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Ketamine Hydrochloride - a useful drug for the field immobilization of the Spotted Hyaena Crocuta Crocuta

G.L. Smuts
Koedoe | Vol 16, No 1 | a894 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/koedoe.v16i1.894 | © 1973 G.L. Smuts | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 28 July 1973 | Published: 28 July 1973

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Abstract

The use of Ketamine hydrochloride (Vetalar, Parke-Davis) for the capture and restraint of five spotted hyaenas (Crocuta crocuta) is discussed. The wide margin of safety andrelatively short recovery period associated with Ketamine makeit a useful substitute for drugs such as Phencyclidine hydro-chloride (Sernylan) and Succinylcholine Chloride, routinely used for the capture of carnivores.


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