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Epidural anesthesia and analgesia in ferrets


Anesthesia and analgesia should be provided to ferrets that are undergoing potentially painful surgical procedures. The epidural route of administration for anesthetic or analgesic drugs can be used. This column outlines the relevant ferret anatomy, indications and contraindications and technique of epidural administration of anesthesia and analgesia in ferrets.

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Figure 1: A ferret has been anesthetized and its hair clipped for hind limb and pelvis orthopedic surgery.
Figure 2: A 22-gauge spinal needle inserted at an angle of 90° into the lumbosacral gap.
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Eshar, D., Wilson, J. Epidural anesthesia and analgesia in ferrets. Lab Anim 39, 339–340 (2010).

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