Clomipramine for dogs anti-anxiety medication

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Read on for information about colimpramine for dogs, dosage, side effects, safety guidelines and more are all including on this page.

Clomipramine is a medication effective at relieving anxiety (particularly separation anxiety), which serves as the active ingredient of Clomicalm. Clomipramine is a tricyclic antidepressant, a relatively old type of medication, which has since been largely replaced by SSRIs, SNRIs and NRIs. However, despite falling out of popularity, tricyclic antidepressants are still sometimes prescribed under certain circumstances. Newer medicines for controlling anxiety includes Prozac and benzodiazepines such as Valium.

Clomipramine dosage for dogs

The usual dosage of clomipramine as prescribed for use in dogs is 0.5 – 1.8 mg for each pound your dog weighs administered once a day (24 hour intervals). The specific dosage can change depending on the condition being treated or your pet’s reaction to the drug. Your vet will be able to suggest a suitable dosage. It is important not to overdose this substance as there are very serious reactions linked to overdose of tricyclic antidepressants including seizures and heart failure.

Is clomipramine safe for dogs?

When you follow the instructions of your vet whilst administering clomipramine to your dog, you should encounter few (if any) issues. However it is important to watch your dog closely following administering the drug if it is the first time he or she has taken medicines of this type. Clomipramine is FDA approved for use in dogs.

Safety precautions

  • Do not administer alongside or within 2 weeks of giving MAOI substances to your pet
  • Notify the vet of all medical conditions your dog suffers with
  • Notify the vet of any other medication your dog is taking
  • Anticipate excessive thirst and provide enough water for your pet
  • Avoid use in dogs under 6 months of age, pregnant/lactating pups and male breeding dogs

Clomipramine can agitate various existing medical conditions including liver, kidney and heart diseases, as well as epilepsy. Your vet will be able to provide more information about the suitability of this drug for treating your pet’s condition. Never give clomipramine to your dog without first consulting the vet. If you would like to try a more up to date medicine for anxiety you should speak to your vet about the SSRI Prozac.

Uses of clomipramine for dogs

As a tricyclic antidepressant, clomipramine (Clomicalm) is effective in the treatment of:

  • Anxiety (particularly separation anxiety)

Clomipramine is sometimes recommended for the treatment of aggression but this can lead to further problems as the drug sometimes has the opposite effect of making your dog even more excitable.

Side effects of clomipramine when used on dogs

The most common side effect dogs experience whilst taking clomipramine is sedation, excessive thirst and lethargy. Other side effects include vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite, increased heart rate, increased levels of liver enzymes and, particularly in susceptible dogs, seizures/convulsions.

You should stop giving the medicine to your dog and contact the vet immediately if he or she experiences seizures, irregular heart beats, fever with panting and difficulty urinating. If your dog suffers any serious adverse reactions to the substance you should seek emergency veterinary attention.

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