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Farm Animal Practice
Practical sedation and anaesthesia in pigs
  1. Oliver Hodgkinson

    Oliver Hodgkinson graduated from Liverpool in 1999 and joined a mixed practice in Wales. He subsequently returned to Liverpool where he undertook a three‐year residency in farm animal health and welfare. He currently runs the farm animal practice and hospital at Liverpool.


WHEN it comes to anaesthesia, pigs are one of the most difficult animals to deal with, owing in particular to the huge variation in bodyweight among individuals and breeds, their reluctance to being handled and complications in drug administration. This article provides practical pointers on how to sedate and anaesthetise pigs to allow minor surgical procedures to be carried out, and describes the options available, in terms of drugs and techniques. Monitoring of animals is important in all cases.

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