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SOUND Sedation

What to expect and how to care for your horse before and after the vet administers sedation.

Inevitably there will come a time when your veterinarian will need to sedate your horse. It may be for a routine procedure, such as a dental float, or for something more critical, like suturing a deep gash or treating an infected eye. Regardless of the cause, a sedated horse presents a unique challenge at the barn, and care is needed when working with and around him. Let’s take a closer look at the drugs used, how they work, and how to care for your horse both during and after sedation.

DRUGS AND TERMINOLOGY

The goal for any situation that requires equine sedation is that the patient be quiet, pain-free and unreactive to stimuli. Any sedation where the animal remains standing is medically referred to as “standing chemical restraint” (the horse does not lie down).

Standing sedated horses are not anesthetized and remain conscious. Let’s dig a bit deeper to understand what this means.

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