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Companion Animal Practice
Chemical restraint in the dog and cat
  1. Craig Johnson

    Craig Johnson qualified from Liverpool in 1989. After a short time in small animal practice on the Wirral, he moved to the Animal Health Trust in Newmarket as the Elise Pilkington Resident in Anaesthesia. He obtained his diploma in veterinary anaesthesia in 1992 and subsequently gained a PhD from Cambridge University. He is currently a lecturer in veterinary anaesthesia at Bristol University.


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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