by : Sanaa Zaki, S. Tzannes, M. Govendir, Richard Malik
The ferret has unique anatomical and physiological characteristics, which favour the use of inhalational agents for the induction of anaesthesia. The use of halothane and isoflurane in the ferret has been widely documented; however, there is a lack of information on sevoflurane use in this species. A technique for inducing and maintaining general anaesthesia in ferrets using sevoflurane is described. Despite the ferret’s small size, spirited temperament and reluctance to be restrained, induction of anaesthesia using this technique is typically rapid, well tolerated and safe.