Reptiles are an increasing component of small animal practice, whether they are animals belonging to private owners or zoological collections, or, occasionally, wildlife casualties. The provision of analgesia and anaesthesia in these species is notoriously difficult due to differences in metabolism compared with other animals and their ability to bypass the pulmonary circuit. This article discusses the use of analgesics and anaesthetics in reptiles, and outlines the requirements for appropriate monitoring and recovery.
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