How do you even anesthetize a fish anyway?


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This episode of The Vet Blast Podcast is all about fish anesthesiology. Gianluca Bini, DVM, MRCVS, DACVAA, shares his insights and expertise in aquatic medicine.

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Gianluca Bini, DVM, MRCVS, DACVAA: The fish anesthesia device, which is literally like a little tank where there is water underneath.... There is a little pump that pumps there. It has a little tube that pumps the water and it's recirculating that water and then there is sort of like a grate where we place a towel, which is wet. The fish lays on the towel and the tube coming from the palm goes in the fish mouth so that the water constantly recirculates from the tank to the fish mouth and then it comes out of their gills. And so it passes through their gills so that you know they have an uptake of the oxygenated water and the water with the anesthetic. And so that guarantees you that the fish constantly have supply of oxygenated water and an anesthetic. And that's usually done for more prolonged procedures.

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