well done to Marika on completing and publishing a simple, but hopefully very useful study evaluating the performance of a sedation scale for dogs. sedation is commonly used in dogs to allow a range of minor procedures to be done, such as x-rays, scans, examining injuries. it is very common for research studies to assess sedation and we noticed that very few studies use the same scale to make this assessment. this makes it difficult, if not impossible, to compare results between studies.
an unexpected, and surprising result, was that a number of dogs were more deeply sedated than expected. this highlights the importance of closely monitoring our patients and reversing the effects of any drugs that can be reversed once a procedure is complete.
in the spirit of openness, data for this study were deposited in a repository.