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Etomidate is a short acting intravenous anaesthetic agent used for the induction of general anaesthesia and for sedation.

This drug can be used in anesthesia-induction protocols that involve the use of isoflurane for maintenance of anesthesia[1].

Caution should be exercised when using various benzodiazepine drugs such as midazolam as their combination causes marked increase in intraocular pressure and miosis[2].

It is an induction agents that cause minimal cardiovascular changes in surgical emergencies such as gastric dilatation-volvulus[3].

Recommended induction rate is 2 - 3 mg/kg given intravenously[4].


  1. Chang J et al (2011) Evaluation of the effects of thiopental, propofol, and etomidate on glomerular filtration rate measured by the use of dynamic computed tomography in dogs. Am J Vet Res 72(1):146-151
  2. Gunderson EG et al (2013) Effects of anesthetic induction with midazolam-propofol and midazolam-etomidate on selected ocular and cardiorespiratory variables in clinically normal dogs. Am J Vet Res 74(4):629-35
  3. Broome CJ & Walsh VP (2003) Gastric dilatation-volvulus in dogs. N Z Vet J 51(6):275-283
  4. Rodríguez JM et al (2012) Comparison of the cardiopulmonary parameters after induction of anaesthesia with alphaxalone or etomidate in dogs. Vet Anaesth Analg 39(4):357-365