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Boxer medical alert!!

Linda M.
August 4th, 2007, 01:07 AM
I have just been reading about a drug called Acepromazine which can be very dangerous if administered to Boxers. It's a tranquilizer often used by veterinarians as a pre-anesthetic agent and to calm dogs before air travel. It is apparently used often on Boxers and it can have some devestating results. I've gone into detail about it on Chef's blog at Read it and spread the word.

August 4th, 2007, 01:28 AM
Just a tip.:angel: It is not recommended by the AVMA to sedate or tranquilize your pets during air travel. Here's why...:usa:
I have heard about Ace and Boxers not being a great idea. Poor boxers!

August 4th, 2007, 07:32 AM
Bumpin' it along to the top.

August 4th, 2007, 09:06 AM
Collies can be sensitive to Ace as well.

Dr Lee
August 4th, 2007, 11:13 AM
Some boxers get a profound hypotension (low blood pressure) which can be life threatening. However, not all boxers react this way - the problem is there is no way of knowing which ones will and which ones will not.

The most common drug formulary cautions about using acepromazine in boxers. However I also know two internal medicine specialists that use acepromazine in boxers - one uses lower doses due to the breed concern. (FWIW - our hospital uses this medication rarely and never in breeds associated with problems)

Overall the medication should be considered safe for most other breeds as long as the pet is healthy. Caution using this drug with any liver or heart conditions.

This is an excerpt from our drug formulary with regard to acepromazine
"In geriatric patients, very low doses have been associated with prolonged effects of the drug. Giant breeds and greyhounds may be extremely sensitive to the drug, while terrier breeds are somewhat resistant to its effects. Atropine may be used with acepromazine to help negate its bradycardic effects." - Plumb's Veterinary Drug Handbook Fifth Edition

Dr Lee
August 4th, 2007, 01:11 PM
Great link SuprNtrlyAdictd! I wish more people new this!:thumbs up