Ativan For Dogs Anxiety Treatment

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The following information will help you in administering the correct dosage of Ativan (lorazepam) to your pet dog. You will also find information relating to safety guidelines, side effects and more.

Ativan, a popular brand name for lorazepam, is a useful medication for calming down an anxious dog. Typically used by humans, like other drugs of the benzodiazepine class, it has a sedative effect and is liable to become physically addictive after periods of prolonged use. As can also be said for use of Ativan in people, the drug isn’t a casual medication by any means and is usually available only by prescription from a vet. Other better known drugs of the same class as Ativan includes Diazepam and Xanax. Your vet will be able to help you make a decision on which medication is best suited.

Ativan dosage for dogs

Please scroll down and read the side effects section of this article before administering ativan to your dog. The usual dosage of Ativan for dogs as recommended by vets is 0.02 mg per pound administered once every 8 to 12 hours when needed. As an example, if your dog weighs 100 lbs, you would administer 2 mg of Ativan (100 x 0.02 mg). Please do not exceed this dose and consult with a veterinarian first for professional advice as you should use other methods of calming your dog if sedation is not completely necessary. Sedatives should be used as a last resort after exhausting other strategies.

Is Ativan safe for dogs?

Ativan is safe for use in most dogs, but it’s a good idea to consult with your vet first, be it via phone or a face-to-face visit. Relatively speaking the drug is quite safe and only begins to present danger at the levels of overdose. Just like with most things, if you’re not completely sure about what you’re doing seek the guidance of a professional.

Safety precautions:

  • Do not mix with other drugs unless advised otherwise by a vet
  • Do not give to pregnant dogs
  • Do not stop medication suddenly after several months of daily use

Be aware that not all dogs will become sedated after taking this medication. Conversely, some dogs appear to become excitable. Do not dose your dog with more of the drug if this happens as it is not a sign that the medication is not working. Also, you may notice a surge in appetite after your dog takes this drug, therefore be on the lookout for signs that your dog is searching for food and be ready to provide him or her with a light snack.

Stopping medication suddenly after continuous use extending over a few months is dangerous and can result in side effects such as sizures, vomiting, tremors, cramp and profuse sweating. Because of this, you will have to slowly taper off the dosage to safely cease use of this medication.

Uses of Ativan for dogs

Ativan is a common prescription from some vets who use it to treat dogs suffering with:

Side effects

Your dog will likely become sedated after the effects of the drug kick in, you may also notice a lack of coordination associated with dizziness and weakness. Other effects though not as common include depression, headaches and disturbance during sleep. Serious sides are rare when using the recommended dosage of Ativan for dogs.

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