Clinical Study to Assess the Level of Consciousness/General Anesthesia Following the Administration of High Doses of Xylazine Hydrochloride in Cattle

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2014-01-01
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Dewell, Reneé
Dewell, Grant
Bergamasco, Luciana
Kelly, Christopher
Shearer, Jan
Dewell, Grant
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Achieving anesthesia without DEA controlled drugs prior to administration of IV potassium chloride (KCl) is a limiting factor for humane euthanasia. An overdose of xylazine hydrochloride (XH) is thought by some to induce unconsciousness and is commonly administered prior to IV KCl injection. This study’s purpose was to determine the level of unconsciousness achieved from an overdose of XH in cattle.

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Veterinary Diagnostic and Production Animal Medicine, Veterinary Clinical Sciences
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