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The sugar glider’s eye status worsen over the last week and the surgery seemed to be the last option . It was broth to OP and submitted to general anesthesia. IMG_1293As an analgesic Butorphanol was the drug of choice.Because of it’s small size, the patient was put under a bigger mask facing the table and when the anesthesia was achieved, a smaller mask was fitted to the animal nose. The induction and maintenance was provided with inhalatory Oxigen-Isoflurane anesthesia via a half close system with the smallest respiration resistant hose available. It was started with the maximum (5) flow on the Isoflurane vaporizer and after achieving the desired anesthesia depth was decreased to 2. The oxigen flow remained to 0.5 L/min.IMG_1296IMG_1299Because of the generalized purulent inflammation state of the eye, the surgeon had to make an enucleation of the ocular bulb.

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Leipzig… a quiet little German town where campings are ridiculously expensive and young lads walk around in the middle of the night, day, morning, (or through the whole day for that matter) drinking their brains out on the streets. Yeah, I know, it was some sort of a holiday, but nevertheless, it was interesting to see so many totally wasted people on the streets.

For tight-student budget reasons we stayed in a camping, in tents. In times like these, you get to appreciate the quality of your tent and sleeping bags. After 4 nights in the tent, at 5ºC, you start to feel your true age.

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This happended last year, in May 2008, and since we are about to get on the road again, I thought it’s worth remembering:

Ovidiu was waiting for the EAZWV congress for month. He was almost too excited (even for him). I have to admit I wasn’t… Still under the influence of my “middle study crisis”, I guess… And the thought of spending 150 euros on 2 days and a half of boring lectures was quite appalling. But I’m glad I didn’t back out.

So the story begins…

We made the long journey to Leipzig with Ovidiu’s poor car. I’m saying “poor” because it was filled up to the extent that one more jar of pickles would’ve produced an implosion on it’s own weight. To cut the costs we decided to take two friends of Ovidiu’s who were trying to make a cheap, short holiday, so their luggage added up… so we had 5 huge rucksacks (5 because a lady always carries a bit more attire…), 1 huge paraglider (took up half the trunk), tons of food, 2 tents, sleeping bags, mum’s cookies, home made “pasca”, veggie “drob”, etc etc etc… You can imagine.

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A Bearded Dragon came to the clinic to check its skin problem. The lizard was found in December and presented a massive infestation with mites. It was given Selamectin (Stronghold), which acts by opening the chloride channels allowing the chlorine ions to enter the parasite nerve cells inducing neuromuscular paralysis.img_1269 At this medical control the lizard did not present any mites anylonger but was presented with self induced scratch marks over the eyelids, probably because of the mites allergy. It seems that the antibiotic (Baytril 5mg/kg) didn’t stop the process of healing and the vet decided to stat a cortisone therapy with Tobradex (Dexametasone and Torbramicin). Because of side effects in reptiles the cortisone therapy should be always careful monitored. Also the vet considered that the sand from the lizard cage should be changed.

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