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Kims Qs about sedation
Carla Davis <lmdavis@...>
You are absolutely correct to research the subject of sedating your old
friend (as you should with anything that is to be done to him).
I recently had my old guy worked on by the dentist (who is a licensed vet
doing exclusively dental work). It took a fairly hefty dose to sedate him
followed by two more doses during the procedure (he is a Swedish Warmblood
and has a "determined" streak<g>). He had a lot of work to be done and it
took a long time.
The scary part for me was after the third dose he broke out in little welts
over his entire body. You could watch it coming up. It looked like a waffle
weave fabric! Needless to say my heart was racing. As I watched all this the
vet kept assuring me that she wasn't worried and it would be okay. Turned
out, she was right. Turned out, I now have a few more gray hairs<vbg>and my
horse now has the distinction of having the most expensive set of pearlies
in the barn.....I think only equine dentures might have cost more!!
I haven't had any trouble when sedating him for anything else either but one
can never be too careful!!! If you make a mistake there aren't too many
Good luck and let us all know what you decide (and the outcome).
John Watson <jolaine@...>
My mare who had foundered and had Cushings had to be sedated (quite heavily) to gettoggle quoted messageShow quoted text
dental work done and she was fine. She was 19/20 at the time but she had to be put
down in April due to laminitis and Cushings, along with ringbone- the old girl had
had a good life and had had enough of being in pain. ~Dana
Carla Davis wrote:
In a message dated 00-06-16 02:34:24 EDT, you write:
<< It took a fairly hefty dose to sedate him
followed by two more doses during the procedure >>
When my other (non-Cushings) horse had dental work done, I mentioned to the
vet that he weighted between 800 and 900 pounds. She had already drawn up the
dose but I imagine she guessed him about the same weight. However, once it
hit him, we had to prop him up against the wall because it hit him so hard. I
guess they react quite differently depending on body chemsitry?
Barbara P. <MorganPinesFarm@...>
I'm new to this list and will write an introduction later but I
wanted to comment on the matter of sedation.
Last year I had to have my old horse (30-something) sedated to pull
2 teeth that had grown sideways. He does not have Cushings but does
not sweat. First we did blood work to make sure his liver and kidney
function was ok and he was started on SMZ about 10 days before the
procedure. The vets used an anesthesia called GG (don't remember what
it stands for)and something called ketamine. It took two of them,
to do the teeth and one to administer the IV anesthetic. I think
because it was done IV it can be controlled much better and the
his teeth were done the anesthesia can be stopped. He came out of it
very well, no sudden panic-just sort of waking up slowly.
Good luck to you. I hope your vet can help you.