Anaesthesia is now common in avian medicine, for either diagnostic or surgical procedures. The period of anaesthesia may be brief - for example, to facilitate positioning for radiography - or prolonged for a complicated surgical operation. With improved understanding of avian physiology, the safety of anaesthesia in avian species has evolved significantly over recent years. This article aims to describe current best practice of avian anaesthesia for the commonly seen companion species in the UK.
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