Klonopin For Use In Dogs

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Please read the information in this article carefully. This article contains information regarding the dosage, side effects and safety precautions of Klonopin for dogs(generic name “clonazepam”).

Klonopin is a popular name for the drug clonazepam and a member of the benzodiazepine family. Like other benzodiazepines such as Xanax and Valium, the drug has sedative properties making it useful for calming anxious pets, or helping to combat canine insomnia as well as various other conditions.

Klonopin dosage for dogs

The standard dosage of Klonopin for dogs is 0.1 mg per pound administered orally three times a day (every 8 hours). This means a 60 lb dog would receive 6 mg of medication per dose. This may seem a lot, but because the biological make up of a dog is different to humans, they are able to tolerate much more of the drug than we can. You should always check with your vet before giving this drug to your dog.

Is Klonopin safe for dogs

Whilst not FDA approved, Klonopin is considered a safe drug for use in dogs and is trusted by many vets who prescribe it for a wide range of ailments. However, there are inherent problems with benzodiazepines such as their physically addictive nature, which means that care must be taken when using this medication. You must also note that clonazepam can interact poorly with certain other medications. To ensure the safety of your pet, you should seek the advice of a veterinarian before administering the drug to your dog, and notify them of all known diseases your dog suffers with, as well as any other medicine your dog is taking.

Safety precautions

  • Do not suddenly stop giving your dog this drug after periods of regular use
  • Note that your dog may become more excitable rather than sedated, though rare
  • Ensure that no other drug your dog is taking interacts with benzodiazepines such as Klonopin
  • Always seek veterinary approval and guidance before using clonazepam

If the mediciation has to be used for sustained periods, be aware that suddenly stopping the drug may be dangerous. In fact, in humans, benzodiazepine withdrawal has been noted as being harsher than Heroin withdrawal. Also keep an eye out for any unforeseen side effects developing in your dog, if you do notice any adverse reactions, it’s important that you stop administering the drug to your dog and seek advice from a veterinarian as soon as possible to ensure the safety of your pet. In cases of allergy or severe sides seek emergency veterinary attention.

Uses of Klonopin for dogs

Clonazepam is a versatile drug and can be used to treat various problems such as:

  • Insomnia
  • Anxiety
  • Seizures
  • Muscle cramping
  • Pain

Side effects of giving Klonopin to your dog

Most notably, your dog is likely to become weak, sedated and fatigued as the drug takes effect. Less common side effects include an increase in appetite, diarrhea and vomiting, in which case you should seek professional advice on how to proceed.

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admin January 4, 2014 at 5:40 pm

Hi, canines have a higher resistance to the drug than humans so require more of it than we do. It is likely the vet will prescribe 0.1 mg per pound, which is most typical, though the dosage ranges from 0.05 mg per pound to 0.25 mg per pound. Please check these links (and the comments on PetPlace) for a better understanding:


Thanks for your comment.

ang December 30, 2013 at 12:05 am

Better check dosage. I am a 145 lb woman and I take 1 mg at bedtime. Giving anyone or anything aside from an elephant 6mgs will kill them by repressing their respiratory system.

admin December 22, 2013 at 12:18 am

Hi, the recommended dosage is actually .1 mg for every pound not for every 10 lbs, which would make 6 mg correct (0.1 x 60). Veterinary approval is always needed. Anything up to 0.25 mg per pound three times a day is a typical dosage. Thanks for your comment.

BG WILK December 12, 2013 at 6:04 am

Check math for dosage again. If .1 mg is for every 10 lbs, then dotage for 60-lb dog would be .6, just a little over 1/2 mg or .5 mg.
I take 1 mg/dose & I weigh 160. If a 60 lb dog is given 6 mg, he could overdone & possibly die. Best to check with a veterinary.

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