Valium For Anxious Dogs
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This article contains information about the correct dosage of Valium (diazepam) for dogs, as well as safety guidelines, information about side effects, conditions commonly treated with the drug and more.
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Anxiety in dogs is a common problem, from fear on fireworks night to nervousness on plane journeys, it may be common for pet owners to have a need for inducing a level of calm in their pet. Valium, which is a popular name for the drug diazepam, is one of the better known substances of the benzodiazepine family, which can help to sedate anxiety in both humans and pets. Of course, anxiety is just one of many conditions which Valium is commonly used to treat. Longer term use of benzodiazepines is not always recommended as they can become physically addictive and cause problems when trying to take your pet off of the drug.
Valium dosage for dogs
Dogs actually appear to be more resistant to the drug than humans, and as such, the typical lower end Valium dosage for dogs is 0.25 mg per pound administered once every 24 hours. So if you have a 60 pound dog, the correct dosage would be 15 mg of Valium. The dosage administered can reach up to 1 mg per pound at maximum, but you must speak to a veterinarian before administering serious medication such as diazepam to your pets.
Is Valium safe for dogs
Valium is typically safe for use in dogs, however, there are some considerations to keep in mind. For example, there are many medications which interact with diazepam including antacids, several heart medications, antibiotics and more. You should also avoid giving the medication to pregnant or nursing dogs, as it can cause problems. It is also important to note that sometimes the opposite reaction can occur, in other words, instead of becoming sedated, your dog may become more excitable. You should also remember to notify your vet of any medical conditions or ailments which your pet is suffering from, as Valium may cause reactions in patients suffering from certain conditions, for example, glaucoma.
- Do not stop medication suddenly after regular use of the drug
- Be ready for changes in behavior, such as becoming more excitable
- Ensure no interaction with other drugs your pet is taking
- Notify the vet if your dog suffers with any kidney or liver disease
As mentioned earlier, you should not give this drug to pregnant or nursing dogs due to the potential to cause unforeseen problems in unborn offspring or nursing puppies. Also, as with most drugs and prescription drugs in particular, it’s crucial that you seek the guidance and approval of a trained vet before proceeding to give this medicine to your dog. Do not discontinue use of the drug suddenly after sustained use due to withdrawal symptoms. If you notice any severe side effects developing, you should stop using the drug and seek veterinary help immediately.
Uses of Valium for dogs
Valium has many uses in dogs, particularly for the treatment of:
- Muscle cramps
- Pain relief in certain circumstances
Side effects of giving valium to your dog
Common side effects include sedation, weakness, and less frequently an increase in appetite, however the sedative effect usually negates this. Rarely your dog may experience gastrointestinal side effects such as loss of appetite, vomiting and diarrhea. Please note that if your dog does not react well to diazepam, there are various other alternatives, for example, Ativan.