Your veterinarian will prescribe a medication, or combination of medications, safe for their size, age, and medical conditions. The combination gives us a synergistic, or additive effect so we can use lower doses of each individual medication. Side effects are generally limited to the expected effects of sedation, but rare side effects are possible.
For some pets, these oral anxiety medications can prevent injectable sedation for veterinary procedures. For other pets, the oral medications will allow us to use lower doses of injectable sedatives, and decrease the stress and anxiety around giving injectable medications.
Your veterinary team cares greatly about your pet’s wellbeing: the state of being comfortable, healthy, and happy. This means that while we are trying to keep your pet healthy medically, we cannot ignore the signs of mental distress such as fear, stress, and anxiety that are present while your pet is in our care. The goal of using PVPs is to improve your pet’s wellbeing at the veterinary hospital so we can provide the medical care they need, as well as keep them happy and healthy for as long as possible.