Anesthesia for Intraocular Surgery in Rabbits


  • Sarbani Hazra Dept of Veterinary Surgery & Radiology, West Bengal University of Animal & Fishery Sciences
  • Himagshu Palui Dept of Veterinary Surgery & Radiology, West Bengal University of Animal & Fishery Sciences
  • Bhabatosh Biswas Dept of Cardiology, R.G.Kar Medical College and Hospital
  • Aditya Konar Indian Institute of Chemical Biology



The purpose of the study was to assess a ketamine/xylazine combination along with retrobulbar block using  4% lignocaine HCl for performing intraocular surgery in rabbits. To do so ten healthy adult New Zealand  White rabbits aged 1.5-2 years of either sex weighing 2-3 kgs were selected for unilateral cataract extraction  by phacoemulsification . Xylazine HCl was used as preanesthetic at a dose rate of 5 mg/kg, i.m., followed  by Ketamine HCl at a dose rate of 35mg/kg, i.m. A retro bulbar block was performed with 4% lignocaine  HCL. The anesthetic depth was judged by ear pinching reflex. The time for onset and duration of anesthesia  was found to be 7±0.5 minutes and 35.5±1.2 minutes respectively. A central eyeball fixation following  retro bulbar block was obtained in all the cases. The mean values recorded before induction of anesthesia  and during anesthesia of rectal temperature (38.090C±0.2 vs. 37.290C±0.2), heart rate in beats per minute  (276±1.2 vs.272±1.1), arterial blood pH (7.35±0.02 vs. 7.32±0.02), bicarbonate (16.2±1.2 vs. 20.3±1.8),  PaCo2 (26.09±2.3 vs. 27.52±2.3) and PaO2 (84.79±1.9 vs. 80.39±1.1) did not vary significantly (P>0.05).  Recovery was smooth and complete in 32.5±2.8 minutes. 

Conclusion: the anesthetic regimen provides adequate condition for conducting intraocular surgery in rabbits. 


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How to Cite

Hazra, S., Palui, H., Biswas, B., & Konar, A. (2011). Anesthesia for Intraocular Surgery in Rabbits. Scandinavian Journal of Laboratory Animal Science, 38(2), 81–87.