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040709100226Two Skink Lizards around 90g in weight presented an unusual similar inflammation. Each one of the lizards came from the same environment and had on the right side of the madibula a similar inflammation that could not be explained. For a proper investigation and pain management it was used an intramuscular non-steroidal agent, Rimadyl (carpofen) 4mg/kg and a local anesthetic, Lidocaine.  At the clinical consult the area did not seem purulent, but it was seen that the mandibular bone had a prominence. The X-Rays suggested an osteodystrophic process in both lizards. Considering the nature of the inflammatory process and the location of it, it was concluded that the treatment would be only to counteract the infection a with an antibiotic, Baytril (enrofloxacin) 5-10 mg/kg oraly SID.

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One Roan Antelope had to be shipped to a zoo in Great Britain. A danish wild animal transporting company provided the shipping. To get the animal into the transport box, the vet and the keeper considered that they should tranquilize it inside shelter building and then guide it inside the box. The antelope was an adult, about  a meter and half at the shoulder and weighted around 200 kilograms. 040709081509040709083225The vet used 1ml of Immobilon and darted it with a blowing pipe from a short range. Immobilon contains Etorphine a semi-synthetic opioid and  Acepromazine, a phenothiazine. Ethorphine is 3000 times more potent than Morphine and should be used with extreme caution, considering that one drop on the skin can cause death in humans within a few minutes.  040709083552The product should always be accompanied with a  human-specific  opioid antagonist (naloxone) that should be used in case of accidents.

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040209151250Two Galapagos Tortoises had to be transported to Stockholm Zoo and for this matter they’ve had to be examined and the sex determined. Diagnostic ultrasonography  was used to identify the sex of the turtles. Each turtle was placed sternally on a ladder which restrained the  movement.   A linear ultrasound transducer was placed on the inguinal area, just cranial of the hind limb. In one turtle it was clearly seen on the display  shapes of the eggs. It was concluded that one turtle was a female and the other a male.

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An adult, hand raised Wallaby male was presented with the left nostril swollen. Due to his aggressive behavior and constant fighting with other males,  2 weeks ago he was scratched/bitten on the nose.  Despite a surgical incision on the outer site of the lip and the treatment with marbofloxacine, the nostril continued to get swollen.

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The wallaby was sedated and anesthetized with an intramuscular mixture of Medetomidine and Ketamine . After 10 minutes postinjection the animal was induced in an light unconsciousness phase, with the eye position centered and the lid reflex  still present (-most likely due to ketamine). Then the veterinarian made an 1 cm incision on the inside part of the nostril’s lip. Pus had been seen coming out on manual compression and a sample for the antibiogram was taken from this material.  The pus was then flushed out and a gentamicin creme was inserted.

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