Maintain Your Horse’s Safety This Fourth of July

Saturday, July 1, 2017
Posted by zoetis



Independence Day brings out patriotism, family fun and more than 200 million pounds of fireworks, according to the American Pyrotechnics Association.1

How does your horse react to fireworks?
In a recent horse owner survey, which examined the effects fireworks can have on horses, 99 percent of respondents indicated their horse exhibited fireworks-related anxiety – such as galloping, sweating, trembling and damaging fences – and 26 percent of horse owners reported their horse sustaining injuries due to such anxiety from fireworks.2 While multiple injuries were reported, the most common included cuts, sprains and broken limbs.

Maintain your horse’s health and safety. Before celebrating July Fourth, ask your veterinarian about prescribing a tube of Dormosedan Gel® (detomidine hydrochloride) for your horse.

“Having tubes of the mild sedative on hand helps horse owners to take the edge off and treat minor injuries their horse might endure during fireworks displays and other exuberant festivities,” said Jeff Hall, DVM, senior equine technical services veterinarian, Zoetis. “Celebrate Independence Day with the greatest display of all – a safe, injury-free horse.”

Implement the following safety best practices:
1. Administer Dormosedan Gel at least 40 minutes prior to the fireworks display for mild sedation lasting up to three hours. The mild sedative is available with a prescription from your veterinarian and helps restore safety and prevent injury. You can administer Dormosedan Gel from a single-dose syringe underneath your horse’s tongue – it’s an easy-to-use option for needle-shy horses and horse owners who are uncomfortable giving an injection. Watch how to administer Dormosedan Gel.
2. Place your horse in a safe, familiar space such as his stall. Ensure you double check the area for sharp edges and any other material that could be harmful, should he become fractious. Remove access to food and water while your horse is sedated.
3. Make sure your equine first-aid kit is fully stocked with all the must-have items.
4. Keep a consistent watch, and check in on your horse often to ensure he is resting comfortably in his stall.

Work with your veterinarian for additional guidance on emergency care and first aid. For more information and resources, please visit