Side effects of sedating a dog
Most of the oral medications that are mentioned above are also available for use by injection.Popular injectable sedatives and injectable sedative combinations for dogs include: Your dog’s veterinarian can determine which sedative is best for your dog based on the problem that needs to be addressed and your dog’s overall health.If your dog is anxious, you might notice some combination of the following symptoms: Behavioral modification is the best way to treat anxiety in dogs.These protocols typically involve teaching dogs to remain calm when they are exposed to mild versions of their triggers, rewarding them, and gradually increasing the intensity of their exposure as long as they remain calm.Here’s the down-side of its uses as a tranquilizer/sedative, as presented by Plumb’s Veterinary Drug Handbook (which I urge you all to buy): It’s also believed that acepromazine, used freely for noise phobia, may actually heighten pets’ sensitivity to noise.For this reason, one of my local behaviorists is especially opposed to its use during storm or fireworks season. But for me, the larger issue is this: With acepromazine, the potential for dysphoria (an unhappy feeling) is high.
Possible oral sedative combinations include: Whenever possible, giving sedatives by injection is preferable to giving them orally because a dog’s response tends to be quicker and more predictable.
However, it can sometimes be difficult for dogs to remain calm with even the mildest of triggers.
This is when medications and other products to ease anxiety become invaluable.
Why do some dogs fall apart at the mere mention of going to the “v-e-t” while others bound through the door without a care in the world? Does your dog take them in (for their dogs, of course). Sedatives can play a role in helping dogs relax, but the drugs are often misused.
Let’s look at the common types of sedatives that are given to dogs, how they work, and which are best under various circumstances.
But we do so all the time in cases where psychology is involved.