Tranquilization or sedation is used to calm an animal under various conditions. The animal remains awake or may ‘sleep’ lightly but is easily aroused when stimulated. In our clinic, we use sedatives to perform minor surgical or medical procedures, as well as diagnostic procedures, especially xrays. To get diagnostic xrays, we require that dogs and cats hold still and be in certain positions, and this is rarely possible without the help of medications!! We have access to a variety of different sedatives, and we tailor each sedation protocol to the individual patient.
Pet owners frequently request sedation for their animals during travel, thunderstorms, fireworks, etc. Sedation and tranquilization are not without risk and each animal should be assessed prior to dispensing these medicines. Please contact our clinic with any questions you have about sedation for your pet.