Drugs for sedating horses

09-Mar-2020 12:51

This article discusses sedatives and analgesics, including drugs that are administered intravenously, intramuscularly, orally or transmucosally.Drugs administered by infiltration, and/or the epidural, perineural or intra-articular routes to provide local analgesia will be discussed in a second article, to be published in a subsequent issue of If you wish to reuse any or all of this article please use the link below which will take you to the Copyright Clearance Center’s Rights Link service.

Many surgical and diagnostic procedures can be performed safely and humanely in conscious horses by using a combination of sedation, analgesia and local anaesthetic techniques.It is important to remember that even light sedation can affect the way an animal’s body works and can impact on their heart and respiratory functions.

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