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Lola Sims (Queenbee)
Posted on Tuesday, Apr 23, 2002 - 12:29 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

I am in need of a tranquilizer to put in feed. My vet gave me promazine granules but it had no effect on the horse. Just made her calm a little and still could not do anything with her. Not even put the halter on. She is new and not trusting as yet.
Is there some other item that I could put in her feed that would provide me the ability to put a halter on her.
Thanks.
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Robert N. Oglesby DVM (Dro)
Posted on Tuesday, Apr 23, 2002 - 9:00 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

Hello Lola,
Have you thought about using more granules?

Though you rarely see it done, and I cannot guarantee its safety, but research indicates that you can use both xylazine or Dormosedan orally. You may want to start with what would be a regular IM dose (a bit higher than a IV dose) and then experiment. I suspect it will take more orally than IM. OF course all the usual warnings about working around sedated horses applies (see appropriate medication article).
DrO
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Lola Sims (Queenbee)
Posted on Tuesday, Apr 23, 2002 - 3:44 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Thank you so much. I have the xylazane on hand as my vet likes that even better than banamine.
However, I have to get to the mouth to put it in her mouth. She will let me rub her head, neck,while eating from my hand; can rub her rump but not put anything on her. If I raise the halter to put on, she is gone. She just won't let me put the halter on or treat her in any way other than feed her from my hand.
Could the xylazane be put on the feed? My vet told me to use IM 3-4 cc of xylozane . Said it would make the horse sleepy. Again, that was IM.
Would I be safe in saying that if I could get the xylozane in her mouth, I would use 4 cc for a 1200 lb animal. If not in her mouth, would it be harmful to put it on the feed in my hand.
Thank you so much for responding. I have got to do something, and she is so smart and big that I have a problem with getting the halter on. She knows I can control her at that point. She has gaulded from the breeding fluid and needs to be treated for that. Thanks again.
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Robert N. Oglesby DVM (Dro)
Posted on Wednesday, Apr 24, 2002 - 10:28 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

Again I cannot speak as to the safety of this practice but I do not see anything wrong with putting it on a little bit of food. Avoid a big meal however as this will probably slow absorption.
DrO
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