However, measurement scales for quantifying sedation in dogs have not been formally assessed for validity and reliability of the scores.
Existing scales vary considerably in the number and content of scale items and scales are frequently altered between studies, impeding the direct comparison of sedation data between studies .
I make sure to tell the owner that part of the reason for sedation is so that they don’t feel any more needles even if I have trouble accessing a vein.
In the context of measuring sedation, establishing evidence for the validity and reliability of the scores are essential to ensure appropriate scale sensitivity when evaluating levels of sedation and acceptable agreement between raters.Sedation is one of the major controversies in end-of-life care medicine. When I talk to veterinarians about sedation, this is what I hear from those who don’t use sedation: 1. They know in those few precious moments that their pet is still alive and is no longer suffering. Have you ever watched a client before and after sedation? Most importantly, they get to spend a few minutes with their pet and see that there is no pain or anxiety. When it comes to euthanasia, it’s ALL about the owner and the pet. They are able to focus on saying goodbye rather than wincing and being upset when their pet objects to handling. Not one of these objections has anything to do with the owner or the pet!Instead of worrying about how euthanasia can be easier on you, worry about how to make the worst day of pet ownership easier on your client and patient. Those of us who do in-home euthanasia see every day how grateful our pet parents are for that moment of peace, just watching their beloved pet breathe.