Perioperative use of selective alpha-2 agonists and antagonists in small animals.

  title={Perioperative use of selective alpha-2 agonists and antagonists in small animals.},
  author={Kip A Lemke},
  journal={The Canadian veterinary journal = La revue veterinaire canadienne},
  volume={45 6},
  • Kip A Lemke
  • Published 2004 in
    The Canadian veterinary journal = La revue…
Alpha-2 agonists are the only single class of anesthetic drugs that induce reliable, dose-dependent sedation, analgesia, and muscle relaxation in dogs and cats. Used at low doses, as adjuncts to injectable and inhalational anesthetics, selective alpha-2 agonists dramatically reduce the amount of anesthetic drug required to induce and maintain anesthesia. This reduction in anesthetic requirements is achieved without significant depression of pulmonary function and with limited effects on… CONTINUE READING

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