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    Just wondering if anyone sedates their dog over the Christmas / New Year period?

    I never have before but this year decided to give it a go with Rox. She just absolutely freaks with fireworks (and our neighbours next door have them so that doesn't help them being so close). I went to the vet today and got the tablets and gave her half at 8pm, then another quarter at 10. I talked it all over with the doctor, the dosages and times.

    I was a little apprehensive (maybe I needed to sedative!) about doing it, and I don't exactly like her this way but it is for the best. She's not cowering or shaking, normally around this time she's on edge all week, even tapping a fork on a plate will send her scampering.

    I think it's caused some incontinence, she was a little wet on the tummy before and there were a few drips on the floor. I've taken her out for a big wee and put a blanket on my bed for the night. Other than that she is just very groggy, she can walk but stumbles occasionally. She pricks her ears up sometimes at the bangs but her heart rate doesn't increase and she really doesn't care about them.

    Has anyone else had experience with sedatives? How did your dog react?

    I hope everyone and their pooches stay safe over the holidays. Merry Christmas to all.

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    I have never sedated my dogs, but I live in a Rural area and have no neighbours to worry about . And my dogs seem not too anxious anyway after a while. I hope it all goes well. Season Greeting to you and Yours..........maybe you need a good glass of red to relax with your dog
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    Hi  Though I haven't had any reason to sedate my dogs over Christmas, I have used sedatives in the past. Both times have been after surgery (on the dogs, not me!) in order to keep them a little more mellowed out. My boy, Villain, needed to be kept very quiet after being neutered as he is a bleeder, while my girl, Flirtt needed it after spaying because she's a live wire. My cats also have had periods of anxiety and subsequent sedation.
    I use a product called 'Rescue Remedy' available from the health food store. It's a herbal potion (grape alcohol :-) ) and I have used it on all the animals and myself, too. Some find it useless, but whether it's in my head or not, I do find it effective.

    The first time I used it was on my cat. The box said 4 drops so that's what I gave. One heavily drunk and stoned out cat later, I figured out 4 drops was human dosage!!!! The cat was none the worse for it (he did spend hours on the couch with me that night spinning out over the TV, and he did fall face first out the cat door).

    A vet behaviorist I know uses sedatives along with desensitization programs to great effect. It's just my opinion, but I do think any relief from anxiety can be beneficial for your animal as long as you're comfortable with the results. Hope that helps, and Merry Christmas!!!
    Last edited by Villain & Flirtt; 12-25-2010 at 01:59 PM. Reason: Typos

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    We haven't had to with Ziggy, loud noises (thunder, fireworks) don't seem to bother her.

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    Depends on the sedative. If the drug only relaxes the body the dog can get more stressed as it doesn't know what's going on.
    Rescue Remedy didn't work for us. I have had some results with Troy Behave paste.
    Seems to take the edge off. I dose in the morning if storms are predicted.

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    Thanks guys

    Rox is all ok now, I'm definitely doing it again on NYE. She was a bit groggy all of yesterday but absolutely full of beans today. It was worth it V&F, because she wasn't at all perturbed by the noises and didn't stress as much.

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    Glad to hear it went well

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