Our dog is 7 years old and was prescribed the above Rx. He is a 45 lb. german sheppard and has chronic itching. We live in the San Joaquin valley of Calif.
Hi, tim! Amitriptyline is used VERY frequently in Veterinary Medicine and has been for a long time, in fact, we were starting to use it when I was still at my practice in California which was..well... a long time ago.
It's antidepressant/anti-anxiety properties are very effective for behavioural problems, but ami also has antihistamine-like properties that we've found are very effective in dogs and cats who develop non-specific pruritis and skin conditions related to allergies.
Side effects are fairly rare and mild, usually lasting the first few days of treatment.
You should be on the alert for possible nausea, vomitting, or even a little diarrhea
because your poochie is a Shepherd and many Shepherd dogs have the notorious sensitive tummy syndrome.
Also, it will probably take a good 7 ~ 10 days before you see the full effects.
Good luck! If you have any other questions, feel free! WCV
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