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.
Iowa State University
Dewell, Reneé; Bergamasco, Luciana; Kelly, Christopher K.; Shearer, Jan K.; and Dewell, Grant A.
"Clinical Study to Assess the Level of Consciousness/General Anesthesia Following the Administration of High Doses of Xylazine Hydrochloride in Cattle,"
Animal Industry Report:
AS 660, ASL R2848.
Available at: http://lib.dr.iastate.edu/ans_air/vol660/iss1/13