My 14 year old Shih Tzu dog is taking trazodone for anxiety. This helps her sleep as well. But is it hurting her in the long run?
Only if it is being over medicated to your pet. I’ve given 50mg nightly to clients dogs. When in doubt you can do a search for alternatives if you feel it’s having bad reactions.
There are dog (and all other animals) treats that contain CBD. Works wonderfully. As a professional pet sitter, animal lover and only obtain products that are great for the planet and body I highly recommend this.
I know a lot of people get turned off by any affiliation with marijuana but CBD is sold in your regular grocery stores now in all of the US. It’s positive effects outweigh any negatives (which really is the bad name that it’s given no thanks to the war on drugs)
Hi, Denise! I assume that the trazodone was prescribed by your veterinarian? Because there is a slight risk of liver damage associated with long term usage your veterinarian will probably want to perform occasional blood work.
I don't advise my clients to to "self-medicate" their pets with any OTC or prescription medications without the advice of their veterinarian or a licensed naturopath. Many common drugs and herbals are toxic to dogs and cats, especially in elderly animals, and they require specialized dosage instructions based on weight, history, and sometimes blood work.
Best regards, WildcatVet
Yes I used trazodone for my St.Bernard Otto to help him with anxiety issues. My vet checked his blood work every 6 month's to make sure that there wasn't any damage to his liver or kidney enzymes. All was well, Always make sure they have plenty of fresh water at all times. Good luck
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