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.