Does trazodone reduce anaesthetic agent requirement in dogs?



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PICO question

In dogs undergoing anaesthesia, does the use of oral trazodone given 2 hours before induction of anaesthesia reduce injectable or inhalant anaesthetic agent requirements?


Clinical bottom line

Category of research question


The number and type of study designs reviewed

Two randomised controlled trials were critically appraised

Strength of evidence


Outcomes reported

Trazodone was shown to have a significant isoflurane minimum alveolar concentration (MAC) sparing effect for isoflurane. There is also evidence to suggest trazodone has a similar effect on the cardiovascular system as acepromazine


Trazodone should be considered as part of a multimodal approach to anaesthesia in dogs to reduce the injectable and inhalant anaesthetic agent requirements


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Vol. 7 No. 3 (2022): The third issue of 2022

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