Standing Sedation Made Easier

An oral gel sedative can make grooming and basic horse-health procedures easier and safer.

From AQHA Corporate Partner Zoetis

It's no secret: Horses can be cautious animals. It's in their nature to look at combs and garden hoses differently than we do. Everything in their world is something to be questioned, and because of that, the most routine of procedures such as grooming, shoeing or sheath cleaning can make them nervous. As a horse owner, you know that a nervous horse doesn’t always stand still. This makes routine horse care procedures stressful and sometimes unsafe.

Zoetis helps make these procedures safer for you and less stressful for your horse with DORMOSEDAN GEL® (detomidine hydrochloride). Prescribed by your veterinarian, DORMOSEDAN GEL is a safe, effective way for you to administer a mild, standing sedative based on your veterinarian’s guidance.

In a recent survey, 93 percent of horse owners who sampled DORMOSEDAN GEL said they would use it again, and 89 percent agreed that it made horse care procedures easier to complete.1 Not just easier but safer, too. Horse owners said their horse was easier to handle, allowing them to accomplish what they needed without anyone getting hurt. One respondent even called DORMOSEDAN GEL a “lifesaver to calm a mare for shoeing and other procedures, without sedating the horse too heavily.”

Many times when a horse is nervous or frightened, he will quiver and his muscles will twitch. However, for horses with HYPP, this quivering and twitching is an involuntary reaction and a dangerous symptom of the disease. Learn the symptoms of this genetic disease and how to diagnose your horse, and get feeding recommendations to help prevent an attack in HYPP-positive horses. Download your free copy of the HYPP Survival Guide today.

How does it work? The active ingredient, detomidine hydrochloride, is absorbed under the tongue through the horse’s mucous membranes (moist membranes of the mouth). It takes about 40 minutes to take full effect, providing standing sedation for 90 to 180 minutes. During this time, your horse might spread his feet, drop his head with a sleepy gaze and start to sweat slightly. After the procedure, the sedative effect might last up to four hours. During this time, food and water should be removed while your horse fully recovers from sedation.

The applicator looks and acts much like a deworming tube. However, unlike a dewormer, DORMOSEDAN GEL is a thick blue gel administered under the tongue for absorption. 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.

“Equine sedation is made easy for the horse owner with DORMOSEDAN GEL,” says Dr. Jacquelin Boggs of Zoetis Equine Technical Services. “With a veterinarian’s guidance, horse owners can use DORMOSEDAN GEL with confidence for the proper care of their healthy horses.”

For more information on how DORMOSEDAN GEL can help make life easier and safer for you and your horse, visit and talk to your veterinarian.

Hyperkalemic periodic paralysis is a life-threatening genetic disease found in American Quarter Horses. If your horse has been diagnosed with the disease, you know how dangerous it can be. Keep you and your horse safe by downloading the free HYPP Survival Guide. Learn the symptoms and how to prevent an attack through careful management of your horse's diet and stress levels.

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Important Safety Information: DORMOSEDAN GEL is contraindicated in horses with known hypersensitivity to detomidine. Intravenous potentiated sulfonamides should not be used in anesthetized or sedated horses, as potentially fatal dysrhythmias may occur. Do not use DORMOSEDAN GEL in horses with pre-existing atrioventricular (AV) or sinoatrial (SA) blocks, cardiovascular disease, respiratory disorders, liver or kidney diseases, or in conditions of shock, severe debilitation or stress due to extreme heat, cold, fatigue or high altitude. Appropriate precautions should be taken while handling and using gel-dosing syringes, as DORMOSEDAN GEL can be absorbed following direct exposure to skin, eyes or mouth, and may cause irritation. The use of impermeable gloves is advised. For complete details refer to the full prescribing information, or go to

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