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The Dangers of Sedation

  • Last updated on January 24, 2012

When a pet is know to experience signs of anxiety, the administering of the tranquilizer Acepromazine ensues. There is a misconception regarding the safety of such sedative. The reality is that pet sedation is dangerous because it lowers their blood pressure and renders them defenseless. The side effects of sedation are unpredictable at higher altitudes. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), over sedation for transport is the most frequent cause of animal deaths, accounting for more than half of all deaths when flying. It is banned in most countries and may prevent the pet from boarding the plane. There are several acceptable approaches that are far more effective.