DESPITE the economic considerations, sedation and general anaesthesia are occasionally required to facilitate diagnostic or surgical procedures in sheep, especially in breeding rams and valuable ewes, and sometimes also in pet animals. Sheep can usually be physically restrained relatively easily and, in conjunction with local or regional anaesthesia, many procedures can often be accomplished without a general anaesthetic. However, for ideal surgical conditions and more complex diagnostic procedures, inducing and maintaining general anaesthesia is preferable and ethically correct.
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