Tranquilization or sedation is used to calm an animal under various conditions. The animal remains awake or may ‘sleep’ but is easily aroused when stimulated. Pet owners frequently request sedation for their animals during travel, thunderstorms, fireworks, etc. We also use sedation in clinic to perform a few select procedures. These may include taking radiographs, cleaning wounds or applying a bandage. Sedation and tranquilization are not without risk and each animal should be assessed prior to dispensing or using these drugs.