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hchorney1 07-05-2014 04:41 PM

Who has experience with tranquillizers?

We are boarding Shadow in a new place while we go on vacation and were considering giving him something to take the edge off. Our vet said he usually recommends ace (sp?), but was out until this week due to the horrible storms and fourth of July fireworks.

Has anyone used ace or anything else and how did it work out?

Thanks for your input.

LisaT 07-05-2014 05:22 PM

I don't know much about tranqualizers, except that Ace is not supposed to be given for fireworks, since it does nothing to calm fears.


Research has shown these drugs functions primarily as chemical restraints without affecting the animal’s emotional behavior. While under the effect of Ace, the animal still has a very strong fear, anxiety, avoidance or arousal response, but it does not physically display these reactions and is less able to react. The dog or cat appears calm and relaxed but mentally is lucid and still having an intense emotional reaction to its surroundings. Ace is a dissociative agent and prevents the patient from understanding his environment in a logical manner. So, the actual fear level of the animal is increased. Compounding the situation, the animal is being restrained and it makes a negative association with the entire experience.

Acepromazine | Fearful Dogs
Please do not give Ace to treat fear or anxiety in dogs....

hchorney1 07-05-2014 05:40 PM

No fireworks issues for us, just anxiety over being left in a strange place.

Exactly the kind of thing I wanted to know. Any ideas or suggestions on something to use as a calming agent?

LisaT 07-05-2014 05:48 PM

I don't know alot about what works. Some owners use l-theanine to take the edge off. Drug-wise, you'd have to look at some of the vet behaviour sites.

llombardo 07-05-2014 06:43 PM

I used Ace many years ago and it did take the edge off.

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