Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
Reversible sedation? (Non GSD)
I took Riley for a vet visit a couple weeks ago and thought we'd try to get his nails clipped while we were there. (He has serious issues with nail trimming.) There were three of us - the vet, a tech and myself - and we couldn't do it. He went into a total panic and was so stressed that we decided not to push it. She suggested making another appointment and we'd do a reversible sedation; knock him out, clip his nails and wake him up.
My hands were a little too full at the time and I didn't think to ask exactly what she planned to use, but I'm guessing (from what some other people have told me) that it would probably be Domitor.
Do any of you know anything, or have any experience with this? I'm really hesitant to do it. I don't like the idea of sedating him unless it's an absolute LAST resort.
And what REALLY put me off is the fact that she didn't mention doing any bloodwork prior to the sedation. Riley's never had a full blood workup and sure, he appears to be healthy, but how can you know for sure without running the bloodwork?
Would that be as risky and irresponsible as it seems to me? Or am I being paranoid and overly-cautious?
I called another vet to see if his nail issues are something they'd be willing to deal with and the woman I spoke to said that if a vet suggested sedation without bloodwork, she'd run like he[ck]. She said they do not do that and would be more than happy to give his nails a try and see if they can get them done. She wants me to bring him in, as many times as I possibly can, before the actual appointment and wants me to bring some hot dog or chicken or something with me. She wants him to see the exam room, meet the vet, get all kinds of attention and great treats, and then leave. They'd like to start building a foundation with him before they actually DO anything. (Not sure that will help with Riley, but I figure it certainly can't hurt.)
I'm really leaning towards trying this approach first. The more I think about it, the more my gut is telling me to avoid the sedation. It's also telling me that I just lost faith in my current vet.
What would you think about it?
Gunner - GSD - 7 years
Riley - Golden Retriever - 2 1/2 years
Jake - (aka Demon kitty) Gray & white tabby