Sedatives and tranquilizers are used to relax an animal for procedures such as trimming nails, taking x-rays, grooming, or drawing blood. These medications are injected either into a muscle or directly into a vein. Sedatives and tranquilizers are commonly used in combinations as pre-anesthetic before general anesthesia to relax and sedate the animal. Some sedatives also provide analgesia (pain relief) which we use especially prior to a surgery as well as prior to the euthanasia process to reduce your pet’s discomfort. Some sedatives have reversal agents that quickly bring an animal back to an alert state. With any of these medications, the animal may be groggy for the remainder of the day but should be able to stand and walk before he is allowed to go home.
Please contact us if you would like to set up an assessment or discuss sedation with us.