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.
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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