Thiopental is an ultra-short thiobarbiturate anaesthetic for intravenous use. It has a prompt induction, short duration, the recovery period is short and the side effects are minimal.
Pentothal is recommended especially for minor surgery, reduction of fractures, physical examination, radiography and dentistry. Animals can be completely anaesthetized with a single intravenous dose. It is also valuable induction anaesthetic in preparation for a volatile anaesthetic which may be required for prolonged operations, particularly in large animals.