Can I Give My Dog Diazepam?

Can I Give My Dog Diazepam?You may want to give your dog a sedative like Diazepam because they’re generally anxious. Perhaps your pet is high strung or petrified of loud bangs such as fireworks and thunderstorms.

You may not want to hear this but you really should confirm use of this drug with your vet beforehand. A professional will know exact dosage for your dog as well as how often to provide Valium or Diazepam.

Diazepam is highly addictive. Dogs, often times, must be weaned off it to prevent aggressive behavior and withdrawals. Some develop aggressive tendencies and there are likely safer alternatives.

Can I Give My Dog Diazepam? Answer: Yes, with a vet’s guidance

Due to the highly addictive nature of this medication, it’s advisable only with a vet’s approval.

Diazepam is sometimes used by vets for dogs suffering with epilepsy, anxiety and separation anxiety. The dosage is usually 0.5 to 1 milligrams per kilogram of body weight. A good vet will advise how often to give it. It should be noted that for dogs with epilepsy, it is sometimes administered every couple of hours.

Diazepam is the vet’s choice of Valium. It is a strong sedative that is easy to overdose on, so follow the vet’s instructions to the letter and ensure it is out of reach of the dog when not in use to ensure that overdose doesn’t occur.

Side Effects & Precautions

Dogs with liver or kidney problems should not be offered this medication, nor should dogs that are pregnant or nursing. The medication flows through the blood once absorbed and reaches the placenta very quickly, sedating the unborn puppies and overdosing them due to their size.

Common side effects include hypotension, respiratory problems, and loss of appetite, vomiting and diarrhea. If your dog develops any of these problems, contact your vet. Your vet may suggest that you stop the medication.

If your dog starts vomiting or has diarrhea ensure they drink plenty of water and monitor them closely in case they become dehydrated. You can pull the piece of skin up between their shoulder blades and if it pops back quickly they are fine, if it takes a couple of seconds to go into place, get them to the vet soonest.

Careful of Overdose

Giving dog sedatives is dangerous, you may follow the instructions but it’s sometimes difficult to determine what 0.5mg is compared to 1mg and it’s easy to confuse the two.

If your dog becomes very weak and lethargic, can’t stand up or seems exceptionally clumsy, monitor them closely and advise the vet. Coma has been known to occur in some dogs that take too much of the medication and the sooner they get to the vet the better.

If your dog gets hold of the bottle and eat them all, don’t delay getting them to the vet, he will probably induce vomiting and give them a laxative. It’s easy for death to occur with a massive overdose of this size.

Dogs with Epilepsy

Owning a dog with epilepsy can be a scary thing, especially the first time they have a seizure. Unfortunately it’s a sad reality and your dog will be on medication for the rest of its life to ease seizure symptoms.

Diazepam is used to control these seizures, but is seldom used as a long term solution. The vet may prescribe this medication if your dog is suffering with lots of seizures over a short period of time to control them, but will wean them off the medication and put them on something else for the long run, due to the highly addictive nature of this medication.

Conclusion on Diazepam

Some dogs are naturally anxious. In any case, only administer Diazepam to your best buddy with your vet’s guidance. Carefully follow the dosage and directions to the letter and don’t be tempted to give more. There are usually better ways to deal with a pet dog that’s highly strung.

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Kathy March, 2016

My dog is in kidney failure right now. I’m using 10mg Diazepam once daily for seizures. Is it safe? What should I look out for? Can she be left alone for any period of time?


Margaret February, 2016

I am moving and the car trip will be slightly over 1 hour. My dog is a Rottweiler. She was a rescue dog and gets nervous around strangers. She has only been in the car on the few occasions that she’s been to the vet. You have to almost lift and push her into the back seat. When she is there she just lays there not panting or anything, she just looks scared.

These trips are of a very short duration about 10 minutes. So, someone suggested I give her some Valium to just calm her down and she may even doze during the much longer trip in the car. She weighs around 50 kilograms, so how much would I give her just to take the edge off? Thanks for any help you could give my family.


Maurine February, 2016

Is it okay to give my Pug some Alprazolam along with Phenobarbital? He weighs just under 30 pounds. How much of each is safe?


Josephine September, 2015

I hope that someone can help me. I live in Florida and we have some very bad thunderstorms. My one and a half year old Shi Tzu/Pomeranian just shakes so bad she can hardly stand up when we have lightning and thunder with a lot of hard rain. The Thundershirt did nothing to help her with this problem.

This morning we were having a very bad storm so I gave her one 2mg Valium as prescribed by my vet and she can barely stand up on her feet. I gave it to her at 8:00AM, it’s now 5:00PM and she is still not able to stand. Do you think that this reaction can be normal for the first time? Do you think I should wait another hour or two and see if she improves or should I get her to the vet now?


James September, 2015

Hello Josephine. Sorry to hear about your dog’s problems. Unfortunately, nobody here can give you an answer for something so urgent. Only your vet can determine the severity as well as the best course of action. In any case, I hope that your dog is doing better.


Larry August, 2015

I take Valium up to 10 a day, each being 10mg. My Chihuahua doesn’t even calm down on 5mg, but I’m afraid to increase it to 10mg.


Jane November, 2015

Please see a vet. This is not only addictive but sometimes these medications affect pets very differently. The dosage seems way too high for your size dog. It could be that another med would be better. I gave my 15 pound dog the dosage that my vet recommended which was 2mg. I cut it in half and it worked.


Darla June, 2015

I rescued a 7 week old Chihuahua puppy who was having 3 to 4 seizures a day. Zeus was full of parasites, had an infection, and had ear issues. I immediately rushed him to an emergency clinic. He had 5 seizures back to back. The vet immediately calmed him with Valium. It has helped him tremendously. He takes 1/4 Valium twice a day along with phenobarbital twice daily. His seizures are now down to 2 to 3 a week. We are trying to get him to one a month so we can wean him off the meds, if possible.

I feel Zeus would have died without us and the care of our vet. He is an amazing puppy. His parasite issues are nearly cleared up. He is still on meds for his ears. I definitely am not a bad pet owner for trying to save this little guy. I have eight other dogs that are strong and healthy. I feel great about how far Zeus has come in the short four weeks with us.


Elizabeth May, 2015

A couple years ago, I gave my Maltipoo 0.25mg of Xanax and he was out of it for a long while. It was to the point we were about to take him to the animal hospital. If you look up the normal dosage of Valium, which is like Xanax on steroids, the minimum for an adult human is 2mg. The overall maximum for any adult treatment is 10mg. Those dogs are happy and calmer because they are stoned out of their minds. It’s just irresponsible!


Cindy June, 2015

I have taken Diazepam for years due to sever panic and anxiety attacks. I guarantee you that 10mg is not the overall maximum for any adult treatment. When I started taking it, I was on 30mg and I now take 5 or 10 depending on the day. I’m considering giving my 75 pound Australian Shepard 1mg for a long car trip we will be taking soon. It is what my vet recommends. He will only take it for the trip to help with his anxiety of riding in the car and I will be monitoring him closely. I do not consider myself an irresponsible pet lover! I just don’t want him to be miserable for the entire trip.


Cindy May, 2015

My Chihuahua has been using Tramadol for chronic pain. Unfortunately, he has run out and his vet is out of town. I have given him 2mg of Valium and he has calmed down, breathing and pulse are also normal. My concern is when and how much to give for subsequent doses. Does anyone know?


Denise May, 2015

Cindy, I just found this regarding Valium dosage for a dog:

0.5 to 1mg per kilogram of dog. A kilogram equals 2.2 pounds. Use a lower dosage to start, say 0.5 or one half of a milligram. Just once in a 24 hour period! This is assuming the dog isn’t on other meds or antacids.

I’m not sure of the exact dosage schedule for a Chihuahua. But Valium has a long half life, meaning it takes a long time to clear the system. It builds up making for a high over-dose potential. 2mg seems quite high for that low body weight. In fact, 2mg knocks me out! Please go online and search for an after hours or 24 emergency vet in your area. You can then call them for advice.


Linda January, 2014

I have started giving my old dog Valium and it has worked wonders for him. He is back to his old self. He is happy again and much more active and his noise phobia is completely gone. I am, however, going to stop giving it to him because I will not have him go through withdrawals. Maybe I will use it occasionally for severe fear. I am doing this all with my vet, however she tells me not to worry about withdrawals but she just doesn’t get it.


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