Alfaxalone for anesthesia of a giant snake

Published:September 30, 2021DOI:
      Anesthesia, analgesia and sedation of exotic companion animals presented in clinical practice is often challenging owing to the variation in species and size. A female Burmese python (Python bivittatus), aged 24 years, weighing 54 kg and 4.5 m in length, was brought to the Avian and Exotics Service of the Ontario Veterinary College Companion Animal Hospital with a history of respiratory disease, including intermittent coughing and a purulent tracheal discharge. On consideration of the size, species and procedures to be performed [computerized tomography (CT) of the lung and a tracheal wash], general anesthesia was indicated.
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