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Awareness effects by aquapuncture with dexamethasone in tiletamine/zolazepam anesthetized dogs

  • Park, Hyung-Jin (College of Veterinary Medicine, Chungnam National University) ;
  • Song, Kun-Ho (College of Veterinary Medicine, Chungnam National University) ;
  • Kim, Duck-Hwan (College of Veterinary Medicine, Chungnam National University)
  • Received : 2011.10.10
  • Accepted : 2011.12.07
  • Published : 2011.12.30

Abstract

Awareness effect of aquapuncture with dexamethasone on GV-26 was studied in tiletamine/zolazapam anesthetized six healthy crossbred dogs using a randomized cross-over experimental study design. After anesthesia by tiletamine/zolazapam, 0.1 mg dexamethasone was injected on GV-26 at 20 min in the experimental group. For the control group, 0.1 mg dexamethasone was injected on the quadriceps femoralis. A significant difference was evident in the sedation score between groups at 60 and 90 min (p < 0.05). A significant difference was also evident in the analgesia score at 50 and 60 min (p < 0.05). At 90 min, all dogs in the experimental group responded strongly to pain (p < 0.01). Head up time, sternal recumbent time, standing time, and walking time was shorter in the experimental group, but the difference from the control group was statistically significant only for head up time and walking time (p < 0.05). GV-26 acupuncture with dexamethasone is useful for awareness effects after anesthesia.

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