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Sedating cattle


Synonym(s): Sedation, Tranquilization, Anxiolysis, Premedication


  • Sedatives and tranquilizers are very useful in cattle practice.
  • The drugs can render a patient more cooperative, facilitate examination and intravenous cannulation and improve the safety of personnel involved in handing the animals.
  • The drugs will reduce sympathetic stimulation, some provide analgesia, and reduce anesthestic requirements, and in general they will improve the quality of induction and recovery from anesthesia.
  • Many of these drugs are not licensed for use in food producing animals. Care should be taken to adhere to the prescribing cascade and the legislation pertaining to the country you are in.
Note: even ruminants on hobby farms are considered food producing animals and therefore unlicensed products with no maximum residue limit (MRL) should not be used.

Sedation vs Tranquilization

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Further Reading


Refereed Papers

Other sources

  • Commission Regulations (EU) No 37/2010 of 22 December 2009. On pharmacologically active substances and their classification regarding maximum residue limits in foodstuffs of animal origin:

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