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Are you considering sleeping pills for your restless pet dog?
As you know, these powerful pharmaceuticals are easily poisonous. It is not recommended that you give your dog a benzodiazepine or any other sleep-inducing drug.
The truth is that human-formulated sleeping pills can cause stomach pain, vomiting and even death.
The good news?
You can help your dog get better sleep without these strong medications.
Do Not Give Your Dog a Sleeping Pill
It’s too risky and may complicate your canine’s life.
Some vets prescribe low doses of Valium or Xanax for dogs with sleep issues, but these drugs are not safe nor are they a real solution.
Make no mistake about it:
Human medications, especially sleeping pills, are all wrong for your dog’s metabolism.
Forget about using prescription meds. The following are some safer ways to calm and enable restfulness…
A Few Natural Remedies
One approach worth trying is Rescue Remedy.
You put a few drops into your dog’s water bowl. It promotes relaxation and sleep tends to come easier.
Also recommended are calming soft chews for dogs.
Is Your Dog Tired Enough?
Humans do not sleep very well when they aren’t tired.
And of course, the same is true for pets!
Getting your dog enough exercise will almost always improve sleep. Take time out of your day for physical activities.
Whatever you do, avoid ending up at the vet due to a sleeping pill nightmare (no pun intended)!
The Acepromazine Option
Commonly referred to as ACE, Acepromazine is used by veterinarians.
But wait! ACE is even worse as a sleeping pill compared to Xanax or Valium.
It cannot be stressed enough:
Acepromazine is not a sleep solution or a calming (anxiety) aid. It is a dangerous tranquilizer antiemetic.
It will only sedate your dog’s physical capacities, sometimes useful for traumatizing vet visits or travel. So run from any recommendation of Acepromazine as a way for a dog to get better sleep.
FYI: Benadryl may be the least worst OTC drug for dogs, but it also can’t be used on a regular basis.
Pets With Pain Problems
Chronic pain is a common reason why dogs don’t sleep soundly.
This must be addressed, rather than using sleeping pills. Quality bedding often makes a big difference. Comfort is key!
Again, go with safe alternatives rather than popular OTC sleep products or powerful prescription medications.
Downright Dog Dangerous
Providing any kind of human drug to a precious pet is serious business.
Never administer sleeping pills without your vet’s guidance. Medical history, size, breed and age are factors to take into account.
And a medical professional’s help is needed if the dog has accidentally consumed sleeping pills. This is particularly true if the amount is unknown — either OTC or Rx meds.
The Bottom Line
We cannot recommend sleeping pills. They are too dangerous for your dog.
Instead go with safer and equally effective remedies.
Pet-friendly stress and anxiety aids may improve sleep in the short term.
Ultimately your dog will get better rest if they can unwind and relax. Avoid sleep meds!