Why anesthesia?

A horse is a flight animal. Any procedure we perform is largely an unpleasant or unnatural experience for a horse. Additionally, we work with advanced electronic equipment: uncontrolled movements, startle reactions, or responses to pain can be downright dangerous. It is irresponsible and often impossible to properly examine, let alone treat, a horse without the use of appropriate anesthesia.

Therefore, the animals are always anesthetized, even for an examination. The horse remains standing, but is drowsy and feels less discomfort. Only after administering anesthesia can work be done accurately. For some procedures (such as tooth extractions, treatment of diastemata, etc.), local anesthesia is also used to treat the horse painlessly and in a non-traumatic manner.

There is always a risk associated with administering medication. This applies to any injection: the annual vaccination shot, painkillers, antibiotics, and sedatives. The attending veterinarian always tries to assess the risks as accurately as possible and act accordingly. Moreover, a combination of different products is usually used to minimize the chance of any side effects.

At the time of treatment, the veterinarian is responsible for the safety of both the horse and the owner, as well as themselves. Furthermore, it is the veterinarian’s duty to treat the animal in an efficient, correct, and humane manner. In many cases, this can only be achieved through the use of appropriate anesthesia.

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