Can I Give My Dog Xanax?

Can I Give My Dog Xanax?Providing Xanax to a pet is risky. People do sometimes give this drug to their dogs, but that doesn’t make it right. We cannot recommend Alprazolam for canine anxiety or insomnia.

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Giving Xanax to a dog is questionable at best. This particular prescription medication is just too dangerous for animals. We’ll get into the specifics, so please keep reading!

Xanax was obviously developed for humans and dosing is tricky. You don’t want to expose a dog to unnecessary risks. We’ll offer equally effective alternatives. Don’t rely on Alprazolam.

Can I Give My Dog Xanax? Answer: No, though some vets prescribe it

There are much safer options such as canine-formulated chewable calming tablets.

This Benzodiazepine drug isn’t appropriate for dogs. Admittedly, a small Xanax dose probably isn’t as dangerous as Aspirin or Tylenol or Ibuprofen. If you must use prescription Xanax on your dog, do so only if you’re 100% certain of a safe dose. But again, not a good idea!

Xanax is a powerful drug and not recommended for dogs. There are alternatives so keep reading!

Xanax Dosing for Dogs

Xanax is one the most abused drugs. People misuse it, much like Valium, by choice. Dogs obviously cannot decide. We’re reluctant to give dosage info for something we refuse to use for our own dogs.

We have decided that a conservative reference may help a few desperate owners. Never exceed 0.025mg of Xanax per pound. So, if your dog weighs 40 pounds, the maximum dose is ( 40 * 0.025 ) 1mg.

Be sure to run any Xanax amount by your vet first!

Negative Side Effects

Xanax is a Schedule IV drug and it needs to be taken very seriously. Even if you get the dosage right, there are several things to watch for.

The onset of Alprazolam is fast. Your dog’s demeanor may suddenly change. A different temperament is common, usually positive but sometimes negative.

Some dogs become aggressive, even biting at things. This is a paradoxical reaction. A high Xanax dose may also cause shallow breathing, vomiting, loss of appetite, poor balance or doggie dizziness.

A Xanax Poisoning Plan

You will need help if Fido has consumed a dangerous dose of Xanax. Unfortunately, it will be absorbed into their system very quickly. Grab your dog, and the pills, and head to the nearest veterinarian.

It could be too late though. Nevertheless, you still need a professional, especially if your dog’s condition seems to be worsening.

Some Natural Remedies

Some dogs are high strung, but we need to seek out safe and effective remedies. Consider Melatonin instead of Xanax. Many owners have had success with it.

There’s also excellent chewable calming tablets made for dogs which contains taurine and theanine. These amino acids tend to reduce aggression, anxiety as well as excessive barking.

Last, but not least, is Thundershirt. It’s a physical solution that we’ve successfully used on occasion.

Conclusion on Xanax

Do not to give prescription Xanax to your dog. This drug carries unnecessary risks and isn’t a real solution. It’s too strong and possibly unpredictable for pets. Forget about Xanax. Look into more appropriate treatment options for a beloved pet dog.

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Dr. Stephanie Flansburg Cruz, a practicing vet, has reviewed and endorsed this article. She has 3 dogs of her own and cares very much about the welfare of all animals.


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4 thoughts on “Can I Give My Dog Xanax?

  1. Cyndi

    For three nights my 14 year old dog was panting and pacing all night long. Finally, I gave him a 0.5 of Xanax and prayed my baby would sleep for 10 hours. Thank God, because he did and he’s been okay ever since. I’m not looking forward to the next time but will try Melatonin. Thank you.

  2. Veronica

    I have a Pug who is about 20 pounds who has occasional panic attacks/seizures (the vet believes the seizures might cause the panic attacks or vice versa). They originally prescribed Diazepam, however it didn’t seem to work at all on him. I am prescribed to Xanax (Alprazolam) for panic attacks and a few years ago during one of my pugs “attacks” I realized that Xanax might help him too.

    I made an emergency call to my vet to ask if it was OK and what the dosage should be. He said that in my dog’s case I could give him some (I don’t believe everyone should just start giving their dog Xanax without just cause). He said for his size to start at a dose of .5mg but not to go over 1mg.

    The .5mg didn’t help much, but the full 1mg helped enormously! He stopped hyperventilating, stopped attacking invisible objects, and stopped running in circles with foam coming out of his mouth within about 20 minutes.

    What I am saying is that yes you should always try to get your vet’s approval before trying any drug on your dog. If it’s an emergency and you can’t contact your vet, it’s safe to give Xanax to a dog (by safe I mean it isn’t toxic from them like many meds are). Panic attacks and seizures in dogs can be horrible and it’s devastating to watch helplessly as your dog suffers.

    You know they need something to help them right then, you can’t afford to wait a week or even a night for a vet appointment. If you happen to have Xanax you can give them, get the correct dosage and help them! (But do still contact your vet ASAP to let them know what happened and schedule a follow-up and a plan in case of future attacks).

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