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”).
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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.
- 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:
- Muscle cramping
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.