Sedating your dog

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Animals can respond very differently to sedatives/tranquilizers under normal circumstances.

Cats for instance, occasionally become more excited following the administration of "sedating" drugs."An animal's natural ability to balance and maintain equilibrium is altered under sedation," noted Dr.

Although animals may be excitable while being handled during the trip to the airport and prior to loading, they probably revert to a quiescent resting state in the dark, closed cargo hold, and the sedatives may have an excessive effect.

There have been a number of instances where sedated pets traveling by air needed veterinary care to recover from the sedation. Occasionally, owners have given repeated doses to ensure a comfortable journey for their pet.

The study considers a death to be related to anesthesia when it occurs within the following 48 hours, and especially when it is within the first 3 hours. Where will your pet be recovered, and how, and by whom?

In fact, over half of the deaths occurred within 3 hours of recovering from anesthesia. Ideally, pets should be recovered from anesthesia in a specifically-designated area, away from boarding, barking or sick animals. Also ask what will be done to keep your pet warm during and after surgery.

As the saying goes, there are routine surgeries, but there is no routine anesthesia.

Fortunately, veterinary anesthesia has become very safe thanks to better protocols, safer drugs and sophisticated monitoring. Brodbelt, a British, board-certified anesthesiologist, showed that the death rate under sedation or anesthesia is around 0.15% on average.

Additionally, some animals react abnormally to sedatives.I had been giving her Benadryl for awhile..seemed ok with it …but now it’s not having the calming effect on her as it used to and her grooming day is a nightmare!!We have to muzzle her and myself and husband have to hold her down(well try to hold her) so the groomer can try to get some hair off…problem is her two front legs are a mess…tons of hair on them…she WON’T let the groomer near them it’s awful. Hi Lorie, It’s heartbreaking to hear how Abby responds to her grooming appointments.This can lead to more difficulty at future grooming appointments due to the negative experience.Some other options that you could consider: With Abby being only 8 years old, things will continue to get worse if she is forced to be groomed without reducing her anxiety level.

What I have found with acepromazine is that the sedation is effective when a dog isn’t stressed.

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