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The aim of this master class presentation is to describe in details (step by step) the valuable anaesthetic protocols for small lizards (lizards with body weight lower than 100 g).

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Standard methods as well as promising protocols of inhalant, intravenous and intramuscular anaesthesia, adequate analgesia and continuous monitoring have being established for large as well as for medium size reptiles, including captive lizards within the last ten years1-4. The aim of this master class presentation is to describe in details (step by step) the valuable anaesthetic protocols for small lizards (lizards with body weight lower than 100 g). 

The experiences of practical use of the combination of alfaxalone (IV, IM) with tramadol or morphine, NSAIDs and benzodiazepines in leopard geckos, young veiled chameleons and young bearded dragons in clinical practice will be presented and discussed in details, with the support of colour pictures and videos. After fasting for 24 hours the patients receive combination of meloxicam (0.5 - 1 mg/kg) with tramadol (10 mg/kg) intramuscularly, 25 – 35 minutes before the alfaxalone administration. Alfaxalone at a dose rate of 5 mg/kg is administered intravenously (ventral tail vein) to veiled chameleons (Chamaeleo calyptratus) and bearded dragons (Pogona vitticeps). Alfaxalone at a dose rate of 15 mg/kg is administered intramuscularly to veiled chameleons (Chamaeleo calyptratus), bearded dragons (Pogona vitticeps) and leopard geckos (Eublepharis macularius). 

After the intravenous administration of alfaxalone, all clinically important reflexes were lost within 45 seconds; after the intramuscular administration of alfaxalone, all clinically important reflexes disappeared within 3 minutes. Intravenous as well as intramuscular use of alfaxalone proved to be suitable methods of smooth anaesthesia or as induction for inhalation anaesthesia in very small reptiles.


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    Prof Zdenek (Sid) Knotek
    DVM, Ph.D, Dip ECZM (Herpetological Medicine and Surgery)
    Sid is the Head of Avian and Exotic Animal Clinic, University of Veterinary and Pharmaceutical Sciences Brno, Czech Republic and adjunct professor on Department of Veterinary Clinical Science, Purdue University (IN, USA). He is founding member and diplomate of the European College of Zoological Medicine, member of ARAV and president of CAZWV (Czech Association of Zoo and Wildlife Veterinarians). Sid has teaching activities in many universities (Budapest, Copenhagen, Istanbul, Kosice, Ljubljana, Porto, Lisbon, Vila-Real, Utrecht, Sydney, Vienna, Warsaw, Wroclaw, Krakow, Purdue University (USA), Denpasar (Indonesia). As a founder of reptile medicine specialty Sid headed the Unit for Reptiles and Pet Birds at Veterinary University in Vienna (2010-2013). Sid supervises international training courses for exotic medicine: Summer School for Exotic Medicine and Surgery (since 2004), ESAVS courses – Exotic Pets Medicine and Surgery I - III (since 2005) and ESAVS course – Exotic Pets Medicine and Surgery in China (since 2015).
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