CHEMICAL restraint can be extremely useful as an aid to diagnostic or minor surgical procedures or in the control of animals which have a potentially dangerous temperament. Selection of appropriate combinations and doses of drugs to provide ideal restraint for the spectrum of patients and procedures encountered in clinical practice requires experience of a wide range of agents and their effects in different circumstances. A suitable combination for a particular individual may be completely ineffective in another animal of similar breed and size, but different temperament, undergoing the same procedure. The administration of chemical restraint is therefore a much more difficult skill to acquire than that of general anaesthesia. By the same token it can be one of the more satisfying areas of veterinary anaesthesia.
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