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Can I Give My Dog Sleeping Pills?

Can I Give My Dog Sleeping Pills?Often dogs are given some form of sleeping pills, not necessarily to get them to sleep but to calm them down. Some canines are petrified of loud bangs and fireworks which can put them into a stressed or agitated state. This, in turn, can affect their sleep.

Finding a quick fix to such problems isn’t easy. Your own sleeping tablets, human formulated over-the-counter or prescriptions aren’t a good idea. Your dog could experience a series of complications especially if given the wrong dose which is difficult to measure.

A dog’s metabolism works differently from ours. Poisoning from sleeping pills could cause your dog to 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 a fluffy friend, 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 isn’t recommended in any dose.

Providing sleeping pills to your dog is serious business. You should only use such human medications with veterinary consultation. Using your dog’s medical history, including their size, breed, age and weight, a vet can determine what dosage to give them without causing undue harm.

Natural Remedies for Stress

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.

A popular product is 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 have a calming effect. Amazingly this canine vest works by hugging their bodies snugly on the dog’s nerve endings over the chest and back, which often works immediately. This is an ideal solution which doesn’t require medication.

An Accidental Dose

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.

Sleeping Pills For Dogs

In some cases your vet will prescribe special medication 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 trouble. If you’re unable to visit the vet, consider using Melatonin as many dog owners have reported success in calming their dogs with it.

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4 thoughts on “Can I Give My Dog Sleeping Pills?

  1. Cynthia Kessler

    I am very confused! My vet gave me instructions to give a dose of 1/4 tsp. of MiraLax after her anal gland surgery. She is a 15 year old Doxy. Then I was told to keep giving a high fiber diet to keep her regular.

    She told me to give 1 tsp. plain Metamucil and also to give her a 12.5mg dose of Diphenhydramine for sleep, itching and to calm her down. What on earth should I do now?

  2. John Slade

    I need to take my dog to the vet to get him fixed. But I need something to put him to sleep to get him there. Do you know of a sleeping pill I can give him for that?

  3. Terence

    Xanax is sometimes used as a last resort for dogs that might otherwise need to be euthanized for bad behavior. The medicine calms such a dog enough to allow them to pay attention to training sessions.

  4. Leena

    I have a mixed Chihuahua/Pekingese and he will not let me brush his hair, nor give him a bath for the last couple of weeks now. The last time I tried to brush his hair, he bit me on my hands and he will not come near me. I was thinking of giving him sleeping pills so I can bring him to the vet shop to be groomed. Do you have anything in mind that I can use?

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