What should you know about Dormosedan Gel?

What is Dormosedan Gel?

Dormosedan or “dorm gel” is an oral sedative that is administered under your horse’s tongue as it is not meant to be swallowed by the horse. The gel should not be used in addition to any other sedatives.

How long will it last?

The gel needs about 40 minutes to take effect and the sedation will last for about 90-180 minutes.

What is dorm gel generally used for?

Dorm gel is usually used to sedate the farrier, clipping, or if they get nervous for the veterinarian.

What type of horse should this sedative be used on?

The gel is perfectly fine to use on any healthy horse or pony as long as they are not running a fever. You should not use Dormosedan Gel on any horse with cardiovascular disease, severe debilitation, liver or kidney disease, or stress from extreme heat, cold, or high altitude.

Can the gel cause harm to humans?

Yes, always wear impermeable gloves while administering Dorm Gel and keep out of reach of children. Dorm Gel can be absorbed following exposure to the skin, eyes, or mouth and can cause irritation. Accidental administration to humans can cause adverse reactions, such as sedation, hypotension, and bradycardia. Seek medical attention immediately.

Are there any adverse reactions that a horse can have to this gel?

Research shows that after testing over 200 horses there were minimal adverse reactions, such as sweating, urination, salivation, flatulence, slow heart rate, and sheath dropping. This reaction was observed in less than 2% of the horses tested.

Written by Molly Mills, DVM