There are many ways to calm down your cat in stressful situations — some medical and some non-medical.
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.
At higher doses it may result in slurred speech, staggering gait, poor judgment, and slow, uncertain reflexes.
Doses of sedatives such as benzodiazepines, when used as a hypnotic to induce sleep, tend to be higher than amounts used to relieve anxiety, whereas only low doses are needed to provide a peaceful effect.
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