Analgesia in Red-Eared Slider Turtles

24 05 2011

Analgesia in Red-Eared Slider Turtles

Conducted a study that showed the red-eared slider turtle butorphanol, the most widely used analgesic opioid drug used in reptiles, had no apparent thermal antinociceptive (decrease of pain) effects 1 to 24 hours after injection in this species, although administration of the drug caused mild respiratory depression.  Morphine provided antinociception in these turtles but caused marked and prolonged respiratory depression.

Sladky, Kurt DVM, MS, DACZM; Vjekoslav Miletic, PhD; Joanne Paul-Murphy DVM, DACZM; et al.  “Analgesic Efficacy and Resporatory Effects of Butorphanol and Morphine in Turtles.  JAVMA, Vol 230, No. 9, May 1, 2007 Pp. 1356-1362.

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