Risks of sedating dogs
The drug should not be abruptly discontinued, as pets may experience withdrawal symptoms if not gradually weaned off the medication.
Pain is one the of the most challenging conditions in veterinary medicine to appropriately manage, so it’s good news that veterinarians have another tool in their arsenal to help pets live long and pain-free lives.
To get the maximum benefit, use gabapentin as directed and in conjunction with any other prescribed medications.
The side effects most commonly noted with gabapentin are sedation and wobbliness, which can be mitigated by starting the dosage low, then gradually increasing to the effective dose.
Kate Cummings, DVM, DACVAA [email protected] Aggressive and/or fearful dogs present several challenges for the small animal practitioner.
These patients are difficult to fully evaluate and present a safety hazard to the clinic staff, veterinarian, and sometimes even the owner.
Emotional factors such as fear or anticipation can also alter the experience of pain.
Because the drug is eliminated through the kidneys, owners should use gabapentin with caution in pets with kidney conditions.
In addition, it’s vital to ensure the gabapentin is specifically formulated for pets, as the liquid form for people contains xylitol—an artificial sweetener lethal to dogs.
Anesthesia in bulldogs and French bulldogs is riskier than other dog breeds because in bulldogs the upper muscle of respiration becomes relaxed and inactive during general anesthesia.
This inactivity is not a problem for most dogs since they have the ability to maintain respiration passively, however, this isn’t the case for your .