Sedating older cat for travel
The most common car trip is usually to the vet, and that event causes enough anxiety by itself.
Post-op, its synergistic effects with drugs like opiates mean that a small dose of acepromazine makes the pain relievers more effective in smaller doses. But I don’t tend to reach for acepromazine in the first two instances (for which sedation is the ultimate goal).Because it’s way cheaper than alternatives like dexmedetomidine and way less “abuse-prone” than hydromorphone (a morphine-like opiate), we tend to stick to it.But that’s not acceptable as a matter of course say some anesthesiologists and behaviorists.That’s why, I believe, acepromazine continues to hold sway in small animal veterinary medicine for sedation.That, its low abuse potential, its relative safety, its effectiveness..the price factor, of course.
Sure, it keeps staff safe, but all kinds of drugs can do that...while inducing drowsiness and offering the minimized awareness we associate with comfortable sedation in ourselves.