You may be thinking of giving your pet dog a sedative medication like Diazepam if they are anxious. Perhaps Fido is high strung or petrified of loud bangs such as fireworks and thunderstorms.
Know that this drug, also known as Valium, is powerful and can have serious side effects. Diazepam may also be highly addictive. Administering your own supply, of this controlled substance, to a dog is likely a bad idea.
There are, however, veterinary uses for Diazepam which we will be covering. But it’s often the case that dogs must be carefully weaned off of Valium to prevent aggressive behavior and withdrawals. When possible, safer alternatives should be considered.
Can I Give My Dog Diazepam? Answer: Yes, under the right circumstances
Only with veterinary consultation can this drug we given to your pet.
Diazepam is actually the most commonly used anti-epileptic for treating dogs with status epilepticus. So this potent drug can, in fact, be a life saver for some canines. Vets also utilize this tranquilizing muscle-relaxant for symptoms of separation anxiety. Otherwise, be very cautious about administering Valium to your pet dog. Diazepam is a strong sedative with highly addictive properties and it’s also easy to overdose on.
If your vet has prescribed Diazepam for your dog then follow their instructions to the letter.
Pet Precautions & Side Effects
Dogs with liver or kidney problems should never be given this prescription medication, nor should dogs that are pregnant or nursing. Once Diazepam is absorbed into the blood it could quickly reach the placenta, sedating unborn puppies and easily overdosing them.
Common Valium side effects include hypotension, respiratory problems, loss of appetite, vomiting and diarrhea. Contact a vet if your dog develops any of these and stop the medication. If your dog begins vomiting or has diarrhea after Diazepam use, it’s critical that they drink plenty of water to avoid becoming dehydrated.
Be Very Careful of Overdose
Giving a dog any type of sedative is potentially dangerous. Even closely following instructions does not eliminate risks. Monitor your dog closely if they become lethargic, cannot stand up or they seem exceptionally clumsy. Coma has been known to occur in some dogs that take too much Valium.
The sooner they get to a veterinary professional, the better. If your dog gets hold of a bottle and eats many Diazepam pills, do not delay getting them to the vet. They will probably induce vomiting and give them a laxative. It’s easy for death to occur due to a massive overdose.
Useful for Epileptic Dogs
Caring for a dog with epilepsy can be scary, especially the first time they have a seizure. Such dogs will likely be on special medication, indefinitely, as a way to ease seizure symptoms. Diazepam, and other muscle relaxers, are used to control seizures. That’s true it is seldom a realistic long-term solution.
A good vet may prescribe Valium if your dog experiences many seizures over a short period of time. But Fido will need to be weaned off a drug like Diazepam and put on something more sustainable. Remember this particular med has a highly addictive nature which is why it’s often inappropriate.
Conclusion on Diazepam
Valium or Diazepam has specific veterinary uses for dogs, but applicable medical conditions first need to be diagnosed. This prescription drug should not be given to a pet without a professional’s care. There are too many ways to misuse a sedative and powerful muscle relaxant such as Diazepam. It can be dangerous as well as addictive to give Valium to a dog. There are better ways to deal with your pet’s anxiousness.