Sedating your dog

We pulled into the driveway to bangs from fireworks, but Sky didn’t even flinch when I opened the back door.

I wanted to get him swiftly into the house, but the sedative had been so strong that Sky could no longer control his legs or tongue!

He tried desperately to get out of the car, but he just slid off the back seat and onto the floor, like drunken jelly, his tongue lolling sideways — and a grin, like the Cheshire Cat, spread across his face.

It took me half an hour to get him into the house and at least three days before he was back to normal.

I slipped one of the sedatives into a treat and fed it to Sky, who was sitting happily on the back seat.

All of the natural remedies above are excellent for stressful occasions such as fireworks or a trip to the vet, or they can be used more frequently for dogs who suffer with long-term anxiety.

Although I am a firm believer in the benefits and use of natural medicines, I do not advocate bypassing professional advice or a visit to the vet when your dog’s condition necessitates it.

General anesthesia is achieved by administering drugs that suppress your dog’s nerve response.

During general anesthesia, your dog is in an unconscious state, so she is unable to move and doesn’t feel any pain.

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