Often dogs are given some form of sleeping pills, not necessarily to get them to sleep but to calm them down. Lots of dogs are petrified of loud bangs and fireworks which can put them into a stressed or agitated state. This, in turn, can affect their sleep.
Many dog owners try to find a quick fix to such problems. Your own sleeping tablets, human formulated over-the-counter or prescriptions are not a good idea for any pet. Your dog could experience a series of complications especially if given the wrong dose which is difficult to measure for K9s.
A dog’s metabolism works differently from ours. With sleep pill poisoning your dog could experience excessive saliva, stomach pain, vomiting or worse. If given way too much it can even result in death.
Can I Give My Dog Sleeping Pills? Answer: No
While some vets may use Valium and Xanax on dogs, these are a definite no in our opinion.
It doesn’t matter what sleeping pill you are thinking of offering your fluffy friends, there are natural alternatives you can use to calm them rather than resorting to over-the-counter sleeping pills.
If your vet has prescribed Valium for your dog in the past, you should again confirm with them as to the proper dosage. Careful with the powerful drugs as it may cost you more in vet bills in the long run as well as unnecessary pain and suffering for your dog. An example is Xanax which is a strong sedative that is 100% not recommended for pets in any dose.
Providing sleeping pills to your dog is serious business. You should only use such human medications with consultation from your vet. Using your dog’s medical history, including their size, breed, age and weight, a veterinarian can determine what dosage you can give them without causing undue harm.
Natural Remedies for Stressed Dogs
Rather than turning to human medication, which isn’t made for dogs’ metabolisms and their digestive organs, try a natural approach to keep them calm during firework displays and other stressful events. A calming effect can also improve their overall sleeping patterns.
The most popular product seems to be Rescue Remedy. You put a few drops into their water bowl to keep them calm when they need it most. Herbal calming tablets specially formulated for dogs are also good.
These types of tablets are usually all natural and less likely to cause complications. The dosage is also easier to figure out because they’re developed for dogs. Most are cheaper in the long run because you’ll avoid ending up at the vet late at night due to a sleeping tablet mishap!
Finally, an interesting and practical invention has gained popularity that assists with calming your pet. You’ve probably seen some dogs wearing a type of coat which has been known to be effective in calming dogs. Amazingly this K9 vest works by hugging their bodies snugly on the dog’s nerve endings over the chest and back, which often immediately calms them. This is an ideal solution which doesn’t require medication.
Your Dog Has Eaten Sleeping Pills
Maybe you left sleeping pills somewhere and came back to find that your dog had eaten the whole bottle! This situation is bad to say the least. You may notice your dog becoming lethargic in such a terrible case.
Trying to induce vomiting and making a quick call to your vet is your best bet. They’ll make suggestions on what to give your dog in order to rid them of the poisons if possible. Otherwise, you will have to get to the vet as quickly as possible.
They will force the dog to vomit and closely monitor them for a time to ensure there are no ongoing adverse effects. You have to act fast if your dog has consumed a significant amount of sleeping pills.
Special Sleeping Pills For Dogs?
In some cases your vet will prescribe sleeping pills for your dog. These pills are designed for pets to reduce stress and anxiety. Such pills are used, for example, if your canine is scheduled to accompany you on a long flight. It tends to help to relax them more than getting them to sleep.
These kinds of sleeping pills should have little to no effect on metabolism or digestive organs when used in moderation. Usually your dog will digest them easily without any troubles. If you’re unable to visit the vet for whatever reason, consider using Melatonin as many dog owners have reported success in calming their dogs with it.