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19 Jan 2004

Valium vs ACP
It has been recommended on seperate occasions to use valium instead of ACP as a tranquiliser to dogs. Could you please comment on this.
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01 Jan 0001

Both drugs have benefits and potential side-effects. The effect on Valium can be unpredictable, with extremely variable levels of sedation and in some cases, even enhanced aggression. Valium is relatively safe even in older dogs, animals with epilepsy and animals with heart problems. ACP on the other hand, can be a very effective sedative, but can have significant side-effects and should not be used in the heart patients or patients with epilepsy. Again, the level of sedation may vary and can sometimes be unpredictable. Very thin dogs may be particularly sensitive to the effect of ACP, and even fatality can occur. We select the correct drug according to the particular patient, what we would like to achieve, and the reason for sedation. A blanket answer can therefore not be provided.

Dr Malan van Zyl
Veterinary Specialist Physician
Cape Town
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