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Animal Industry Report

Extension Number

ASL R2848

Topic

Beef

Summary and Implications

Achieving anesthesia without DEA controlled drugs prior to administration of IV potassium chloride (KCl) is a limiting factor for humane euthanasia. An overdose of xylazine hydrochloride (XH) is thought by some to induce unconsciousness and is commonly administered prior to IV KCl injection. This study’s purpose was to determine the level of unconsciousness achieved from an overdose of XH in cattle.

Copyright Holder

Iowa State University

Language

en

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