While there are usually no complications, providing Xanax to a pet dog is a bit risky. We cannot recommend Alprazolam for canine anxiety or insomnia.
It’s true that many view this prescription medication to be safe for animals. For dogs, Xanax use is questionable. Keep reading and then make up your mind.
Of course you want to avoid exposing your dog to unnecessary risks. For one, Xanax dosing is tricky. Equally effective alternatives should be tried first.
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 certainly isn’t the safest option. Admittedly, a small Xanax dose is unlikely to be as dangerous as Aspirin or Tylenol or Ibuprofen. That said, if you must use prescription Xanax on your dog, do so only if you’re 100% certain of the dose. But again, not a good idea!
Xanax is a powerful drug and not really recommended for dogs. Why not look into alternatives!
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 desperate owners. Never exceed 1/4th of a milligram of Xanax per 10 pounds. If your dog weighs 40 pounds, the maximum dose is ( 40 lbs. multiplied by 0.25 ) which is 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 your buddy 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.
Hopefully it won’t be too late! You absolutely need a professional’s assistance, 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
It’s best not to give prescription Xanax to your dog. This drug has 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.