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Assessment of the Thermal Paw Print Symmetry of the Hind Legs in Healthy Dogs

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Our bibliographic insights have shown that although thermographic imaging in small animals has been poorly studied, the empirical use of thermographic images in dogs suggests that thermographic imaging could be a useful method in assessing walking anomalies. The study aims to identify existing thermal asymmetries between the thermal paw prints of the hind limbs in healthy dogs (right versus left). For thermal investigations, the Flir E50 thermal camera with a resolution of 240×180, thermal sensitivity of 0.05ºC, 45º×34ºA visual field and unbalanced microbolometer was used. Acclimatization of the animals in the space for examination was 30 minutes (at a room temperature of 20-23°C). The resulting images were recorded, processed and analyzed with the Flir tools 2017 software. The average, maximum and minimum temperature of each image was calculated using the program. The results obtained show that between the thermal paws marks of the posterior limbs in healthy dogs there is an average thermal asymmetry comprised between 0.2 and 1.4°C. Our study suggested that, under controlled conditions, thermographic paws prints could be used to diagnose locomotor abnormalities in dogs..

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Observations on Xylazine-Ketamine-Isoflurane Anesthesia in Constrictor Snakes

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Anesthetic management of the reptilian patient, including the design of the anesthetic protocol, is a challenge due to multiple anatomical and physiological features. Usually, anesthetic and analgesia protocols, including monitoring techniques, some of which are of low value, established in domestic animals are also applied to these patients. In the study were included five constrictor snakes in which, under xylazine-ketamine-isoflurane anesthesia, various surgical interventions lasting up to 50 minutes were performed. The severity of CNS inhibition as well as the length of different anesthetic times was monitored. The association used ensured the achievement of the surgical anesthesia depth and immobility with optimal conditions for performing surgical interventions in the oral cavity, cutaneous or amputation of hemipenis. The length of induction, surgical anesthesia and recovery fall within the limits recorded in the specialty literature for reptile.

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