Sedating cats with benadryl
I give my feline patients drug cocktails with whopping doses of acepromazine. I almost always get the vein (and I’m not a great phlebotomist by any stretch of the imagination).My canine patients get both acepromazine and xylazine. We have a tendency to psych ourselves out with superstition about veins.Sedation also allows me to let an owner get close to their pet during the euthanasia process. When an owner brings their pet in for euthanasia, I allow them to remain with their pet throughout their passing. I know it’s tempting to whisk their pet away to put in an IV catheter, but have faith in your vein-hitting ability.Every second the owner spends apart from their pet is a second of increased anxiety and guilt. With sedation, it’s only a big deal if I make it a big deal.They may also have coughing, sneezing, and wheezing, sometimes accompanied by discharge from the nose or eyes.
I would much rather poke a pet multiple times while they are sleeping and can’t feel it than to wrestle with them and poke them multiple times while awake and stressed.I make sure to tell the owner that part of the reason for sedation is so that they don’t feel any more needles even if I have trouble accessing a vein.I’ve never had an owner express anything but relief and gratitude at this statement.Allergies are terrible to suffer through and Benadryl jumps to the mind as a solution for your cat. The itching, the sneezing, the runny eyes and noses are a constant frustration to those that suffer them.Some of the allergens are with us constantly such as mold, mildew, and dust mites.