Animal Sedative Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2022 - 2027)

The Animal Sedative Market is Segmented by Drug Class (Phenothiazines, Benzodiazepines, alpha-2 adrenergic Receptor Agonists, Butyrophenones, and Other Drug Classes), Application (Surgical, Diagnosis, and Clinical Research Studies), Route of Administration (Oral and Parenteral), Animal Type (Small and Large), and Geography (North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, and Rest of the World). The report offers the value (in USD million) for the above segments.

Market Snapshot

Study Period: 2018-2026
Base Year: 2021
Fastest Growing Market: Asia-Pacific
Largest Market: North America
CAGR: 5.1 %

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Market Overview

The animal sedative market is projected to register a CAGR of 5.1% during the forecast period.

The COVID-19 pandemic has been affecting the growth of various industries since its outbreak. The immediate impact of the pandemic is varied. A few industries continued to remain unaffected by the pandemic and showed signs of promising growth, whereas some industries were highly impacted by COVID-19 and showed a strong decline in the product demand and disturbance in the supply chain. Initially, the flare of the COVID-19 pandemic showed a strong impact on the animal sedative market because veterinary hospital and pharmacies operations were reduced significantly due to several containment measures, such as lockdown and social distancing measures taken by the governments across the world. Closure in the commercial activities led to operational challenges. Moreover, the COVID-19 pandemic created a financial burden on the global economy and showed a huge impact on the supply chain for veterinary drugs across the world. The animal sedative market is expected to recover from the COVID-19 crisis as the companies manage and rearrange their operations amid the pandemic.

Moreover, the major factors responsible for the growth of the animal sedatives market include a rise in incidences of zoonotic diseases, increasing incidences of animal cancer, and growing investment in R&D activities to ensure and quality for animals.

Animal sedatives are a large variety of drugs that are used to decrease the anxiety level in animals during the diagnosis and medical procedures, such as surgery, and enhance the quality of care provided to the animals. Animal sedatives are CNS depressants, such as acepromazine, phenobarbital, gabapentin, xylazine, and lidocaine. These types of drugs play an important role in the prevention of diseases, enhances pain management in animals, curing the diseases of the afflicted animal, and treating their injuries. The animal sedative drugs also help prevent the transmission of zoonotic disease and are useful during cancer diagnosis, as these drugs help reduce the anxiety level of animals during the cancer diagnosis procedures. These factors are expected to drive market growth during the forecast period. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, approximately 1 in 4 dogs may suffer from neoplasia at some point in their lives. Almost 50% of dogs aged above 10 years may develop cancer.

Moreover, increasing incidences of animal diseases and increasing use of animals in medical research and trials are expected to drive the animal sedatives market during the forecast period. According to Understanding Animal Research, in 2019, 3,401,517 procedures were carried out in Great Britain on dogs, horses, cats, and primates under British law for the purpose of scientific research.

However, emerging adverse effects of animal sedative drugs, such as reducing respiratory diseases, lowering blood pressure, cardiovascular collapse, etc., and stringent government regulations for sedatives are expected to restrain the market growth over the forecast period.

Scope of the Report

As per the scope of the report, animal sedatives are the drugs used on animals to reduce irritability and excitement. They are CNS depressants that interact with brain activities and decelerates them. They are injected before any kind of medical procedure on animals.

The animal sedative market is segmented by drug class (phenothiazines, benzodiazepines, alpha-2 adrenergic receptor agonists, butyrophenones, and other drug classes), application (surgical, diagnosis, and clinical research studies), route of administration (oral and parenteral), animal type (small and large), and geography (North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, and Rest of the World). The report offers the value (in USD million) for the above segments.

By Drug Class
alpha-2 adrenergic Receptor Agonists
Other Drug Classes
By Application
Clinical Research Studies
By Route of Administration
By Animal Type
By Geography
North America
United States
United Kingdom
Rest of Europe
Asia Pacific
South Korea
Rest of Asia Pacific
Rest of the World

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Key Market Trends

The Phenothiazines Drug Segment is Expected to Account for the Largest Market Share During the Forecast Period

The phenothiazines segment is estimated to have the highest share of the animal sedatives market during the forecast period, as they aid to lower dopamine levels and further depress some areas of the reticular activating systems. Acepromazine is one of the most regularly used phenothiazines, which can be used alone or in combination with other sedatives as pre-operative drugs to relieve travel anxiety and avoid allergies and itching in animals.

The parent ingredient of all medications is phenothiazine. They are employed as tranquilizers, preanesthetic drugs, antiemetics, and for the treatment of CNS agitation in domestic animals. Chlorpromazine (marketed as Thorazine and other trade names), thioridazine (Mellaril), and trifluoperazine are three of the most often utilized phenothiazines (Stelazine).

Animal diseases, such as Rabies, Canine distemper, Leptospirosis, Canine influenza, Canine parainfluenza, etc., are some of the most common risks for the animal’s well-being. The animals are provided sedative drugs for their cure from zoonoses, phenothiazines being the parent ingredient for the most regularly used sedative drugs. Hence, the increase in the demand of this segment may drive the overall animal sedative market.


North America is Expected to Hold a Significant Share in the Market and Expected to do Same in the Forecast Period

North America held the largest market for animal sedative drugs in the past and is expected to retain its position during the forecast period due to an increase in the frequency of zoonotic diseases, the use of animal sedatives, and increased expenditure in animal medical research. The presence of well-established healthcare infrastructure and strong adoption of the latest diagnostic technology are all factors that contribute to this supremacy. This, together with the rising frequency of animal diseases, is likely to help this region maintain its market dominance in the years ahead.

The North American region is estimated to be a potential segment for the animal sedative market as it generates most of the revenue from this region because of comparatively higher animal health expenditure, high awareness levels, and a large number of medical research and trials. North America is expected to dominate the animal sedative market during the forecast period because of the government initiatives of monitoring and implementation of rules and regulations on sedatives drug manufacturing companies.

Moreover, Europe and Asia Pacific are expected to account for significant growth during the forecast period due to large incidences of medical research and improving animal healthcare infrastructure in developing countries, like China, Japan, and India. Additionally, an increase in expenditure on R&D activities for improving animal safety and care is the strategy adopted by the dominating market players to account for the industry growth in the region.


Competitive Landscape

The animal sedative market is moderately competitive and consists of several major players. In terms of market share, a few of the major players are currently dominating the market. Few key players in the market are Zoetis Inc., Ceva, Merck & Co. Inc., Elanco, Virbac Group, Dechra Pharmaceuticals PLC, Orion Corp., and Vetoquinol.

Recent Developments

In February 2021, Ceva signed an agreement with INRAE aiming at a shared objective of conducting joint 'One Health' work, a global health concept for preventing infectious diseases of animal origin and improving animal welfare.

In August 2020, Elanco acquired Bayer Animal Health for USD 6.89 billion to scale up the capabilities and position the company as a leader in the animal health industry.

Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions and Market Definition

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Market Overview

    2. 4.2 Market Drivers

      1. 4.2.1 Rise in Incidence of Zoonotic Diseases

      2. 4.2.2 Increasing Incidence of Animal Cancer

      3. 4.2.3 Growing Investment in R&D activities to Ensure Quality and Care for Animals

    3. 4.3 Market Restraints

      1. 4.3.1 Adverse Effects of Animal Sedative Drugs

      2. 4.3.2 Stringent Government Regulations for the Sedatives

    4. 4.4 Industry Attractiveness - Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.4.1 Bargaining Power of Buyers/Consumers

      2. 4.4.2 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      3. 4.4.3 Threat of New Entrants

      4. 4.4.4 Threat of Substitute Products

      5. 4.4.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry


    1. 5.1 By Drug Class

      1. 5.1.1 Phenothiazines

      2. 5.1.2 Benzodiazepines

      3. 5.1.3 alpha-2 adrenergic Receptor Agonists

      4. 5.1.4 Butyrophenones

      5. 5.1.5 Other Drug Classes

    2. 5.2 By Application

      1. 5.2.1 Surgical

      2. 5.2.2 Diagnosis

      3. 5.2.3 Clinical Research Studies

    3. 5.3 By Route of Administration

      1. 5.3.1 Oral

      2. 5.3.2 Parenteral

    4. 5.4 By Animal Type

      1. 5.4.1 Small

      2. 5.4.2 Large

    5. 5.5 By Geography

      1. 5.5.1 North America

        1. United States

        2. Canada

        3. Mexico

      2. 5.5.2 Europe

        1. Germany

        2. United Kingdom

        3. France

        4. Italy

        5. Spain

        6. Rest of Europe

      3. 5.5.3 Asia Pacific

        1. China

        2. Japan

        3. India

        4. Australia

        5. South Korea

        6. Rest of Asia Pacific

      4. 5.5.4 Rest of the World


    1. 6.1 Company Profiles

      1. 6.1.1 Zoetis Inc.

      2. 6.1.2 Boehringer Ingelheim International GmbH

      3. 6.1.3 Merck & Co. Inc.

      4. 6.1.4 Elanco

      5. 6.1.5 Virbac Group

      6. 6.1.6 Dechra Pharmaceuticals PLC

      7. 6.1.7 Orion Corporation

      8. 6.1.8 Vetoquinol

      9. 6.1.9 Ceva

    2. *List Not Exhaustive

**Competitive Landscape Covers - Business Overview, Financials, Products and Strategies, and Recent Developments

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Frequently Asked Questions

The Global Animal Sedative Market market is studied from 2018 - 2026.

The Global Animal Sedative Market is growing at a CAGR of 5.1% over the next 5 years.

Asia-Pacific is growing at the highest CAGR over 2021- 2026.

North America holds highest share in 2020.

Elanco, Ceva, Merck & Co. Inc., Dechra Pharmaceuticals PLC, Zoetis Inc. are the major companies operating in Global Animal Sedative Market .

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