Sedation is the use of a medication (“sedative”) to relax an animal. A veterinarian might use a sedative to:
Depending on the individual circumstances, injectable or gas sedatives may be used. These medications are very safe and generally only stay in your pet’s body for a short period of time. However, any time a sedative is used, there is some inherent risk associated with its use. While complications associated with sedation in our clinic are exceedingly rare, they can occur. These complications can, in very rare instances, even cause death. We at Lakeside Animal Clinic take every precaution to ensure that we minimize the risk of administering a sedative.
I UNDERSTAND THAT LAKESIDE ANIMAL CLINIC IS NOT A 24 HOUR FACILITY. FOR PETS THAT ARE BOARDED OR HOSPITALIZED, THERE WILL BE TIMES AT NIGHT AND ON WEEKENDS WHEN MY PET WILL BE LEFT UNATTENDED. I UNDERSTAND THAT I HAVE THE OPTION OF TRANSFERRING MY PET TO A 24 HOUR CARE FACILITY OR EMERGENCY CLINIC AT CLOSING TIME. IN THE EVENT OF A FIRE, NATURAL DISASTER OR OTHER EMERGENCY, IT MAY BE IMPOSSIBLE TO GAIN ACCESS TO THE BUILDING. EVERY EFFORT WILL BE MADE TO KEEP PETS SAFE AND OUT OF DANGER.
I have read this form and understand there is an inherent risk associated with sedation. Although Lakeside Animal Clinic attempts to minimize these risks, I understand that complications do occur. By signing below, I am declaring that I understand these risks and will not hold Lakeside Animal Clinic liable. I hereby consent to my pet being sedated at the discretion of the doctors at Lakeside Animal Clinic.