Risks of sedating

Unfortunately what you and your pet prefer may not be what is safe or even necessary.

Sedatives have been used for years to calm pets and reduce nervousness, usually in association with thunderstorms or fireworks.

The function of sedation is management of anxiety, pain, and control of excessive motion.

Sedatives are commonly used to calm extremely fearful pets, those prone to severe separation anxiety and overactive pets.

After the completion of the procedure, keep recording vital signs until the patient responds appropriately to a voice or gentle stimulation.

Sedation is stimulus-dependent; accordingly, when the procedure is completed, the child is likely to become more sedated than during the procedure, which can lead to hypoventilation and hypoxia.

It is certainly more common in anaesthetic practice than other potentially lethal events like “Can’t Intubate, Can’t Oxygenate” which we expend considerable effort on adopting strategies to avoid.

The seriousness of lung damage produced by aspiration is dependent on the volume & composition of the aspirate with low p H material producing a higher risk of aspiration pneumonia and with aspiration of solid material being much more likely to result in mortality.

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It may also be used during painful procedures such as bandage changes, repair of a laceration, or drainage of an abscess.

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