The e-collar ends up in shreds and the bandages in ruins. (Because truly, most owners are not as irresponsible as Miss Brown’s interim caretakers.) Other times, it’s all about the pets’ behavior. Pets don’t deserve to be treated to a potentially dysphoric, debilitating round of drugs when so many other options exist. After all, I’ve never had a pet that required any more than simple crating.
Sure, sometimes it’s the owner pulling a stupid (like the bed trick), over which they feel terribly guilty. Consider the patient who must be hospitalized (or boarded) for post-op care that would normally take place at home. No animal needs sedatives just because owners can’t manage some simple instructions.
A sedative is any substance that can reduce irritability or excitement by inducing sedation, i.e.
it puts the brain to sleep in both animals and human beings.
A study performed by veterinary anesthesiologists has shown that diphenhydramine is not a consistent and reliable drug for premedication to sedate animals.
Benadryl or diphenhydramine should only be used by a pet owner if their veterinarian has instructed them to try this medication.
Comparison of five regimens for oral administration of medication to induce sedation in dogs prior to euthanasia. Most veterinarians would recommend skipping oral sedatives and going right to injectable medications as they have a more predictable response.Use care, have the owner muzzle the dog at home, and warn the client of all the risks associated with sedating an aggressive dog (including death). Erratum in: J Am Vet Med Assoc 1998 Oct 15;213(8):1170.Ever wonder what it takes to keep a pet safe after surgery? Too bad it’s so tough to impress upon owners the need to properly care for their post-surgical pet. And she's supposed to weigh about 40 pounds.) And what’s worse: Her fracture was newly unstable. In the crate, he paws at the door (with his bad limb, too! In the hospital he’s even worse, reacting to everyone that walks into the room.In some cases it’s simple, as when a calm animal can be easily left in a comfy crate for long stretches at a time. After all, pets need a chance to heal and most won’t comply without physical restrictions on their often injurious behavior. Crazy bouncy Labs, loudmouth crate barkers, separation anxiety cases, silly little kittens and pets who require long recoveries after orthopedic surgery, for example. Here’s one story that highlights how things can go terribly wrong when owners don’t comply: After a puppy with a nasty open fracture was unceremoniously “dumped” at our hospital a few years back, I took it upon myself to beg free services off my vet surgeon boyfriend and foster her at home during her recovery. Though he settles quickly, the potential for damage is high.