Feel Comfortable About Using a Mild Sedative

DORMOSEDAN GEL® is a simple and easy tool to help with horse-health or horse-care procedures.

From AQHA Corporate Partner Zoetis

Horses can perform flawless flying lead changes and work whole herds of cattle. But routine activities such as clipping, mane pulling or shoeing some horses can be difficult to accomplish.

Zoetis helps make all of this safer for you and less stressful for your horse with DORMOSEDAN GEL® (detomidine hydrochloride) for mild equine sedation. Think of it as a humane “twitch in a tube.” Horse owners must obtain it with a veterinary prescription but can administer it themselves.

“I needed a sedative to body clip my horse but didn't want to give him a shot or haul him 11 miles to my veterinarian for something so simple,” says Vangie Crago, a horse owner from Ephrata, Washington. “My veterinarian told me about DORMOSEDAN GEL. I was able to swing by the clinic, pick a tube and administer it myself.”

This FDA-approved oral sedative is given under the horse’s tongue. The applicator looks and acts much like a deworming tube. However, unlike a dewormer, DORMOSEDAN GEL must be administered under the tongue and not swallowed.

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It is a thick, blue gel that’s absorbed through the membranes of the mouth. This easy-to-use, single-dose applicator makes it a convenient option for needle-shy horses or for horse owners who are uncomfortable giving injections.

“I had never used DORMOSEDAN GEL before, but after reading the instructions, it seemed easy, and my veterinarian felt comfortable giving it to me to use,” Vangie says. “After using the product, I wrote my veterinarian a note to thank him for recommending such a great and easy product. I hope he gives this product to more clients to try out.”

DORMOSEDAN GEL is a mild, standing sedative, so it offers light sedation. Your veterinarian will prescribe a dose based on your horse’s weight.

What effect will it have on your horse? During the 40-minute onset, your horse might spread his feet, drop his head with a sleepy gaze and start to sweat slightly. Just as with any sedative, while the horse will appear calm and relaxed, he still has the potential to spook.

How will the horse recover? While DORMOSEDAN GEL provides 90 to 180 minutes of standing sedation, it takes at least four hours for the sedation to wear off completely. During this time, the horse can spend time in a quiet stall with all food and water removed. Once the effects of the sedative have worn off, the horse can return to normal activity.

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For competition horses, keep in mind, there are strict rules regarding the use of sedatives before shows or events. Always confer with your veterinarian and your sport’s governing bodies.

Talk with your veterinarian about making your grooming and health-care procedures easier and less stressful with DORMOSEDAN GEL.

“It’s safe, easy to use, inexpensive and effective,” Vangie says.

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IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION: Do not use DORMOSEDAN GEL in horses with pre-existing atrioventricular (AV) or sinoatrial (SA) block, with severe coronary insufficiency, cerebrovascular disease, respiratory disease or chronic renal failure. Do not use in anesthetized or sedated horses, or in conditions of shock, severe debilitation or stress due to extreme heat, cold, fatigue or high altitude. Do not use in horses intended for human consumption. Handle gel-dosing syringes with caution to avoid direct exposure to skin, eyes or mouth. See full Prescribing Information:

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