Zylkene for dogs dealing with stressful situations

This article covers the usage of Zylkene for dogs, including the recommended dosage for dogs, safety information, side effects and more.

Zylkene (stylized as “Zylkéne”) is a product derived from casein, a protein found in milk which is known to cause relaxation in newborn pups. Zylkene is a relatively new product which was first released in 2008, but it has already gained popularity amongst vets and pet owners everywhere as a safe anxiety-busting alternative to benzodiazepines. The medicine is a great, natural way to help your pet cope with stressful situations such as moving home.

Zylkene dosage for dogs

Zylkene has different doses to be administered depending on the size of your dog. See the table below for information on how many pills of Zylkene you should give your dog per day. Note that for dogs 89 lbs or more, you should administer the pills once every 12 hours to fulfill their two a day requirement.

Weight of dog Zylkene 75 mg Zylkene 225 mg Zylkene 450 mg
11 – 21 lbs 1
22 – 44 lbs 1
45 – 88 lbs 1
89 lbs + 2

You should start giving your dog the substance a few days before the stressful situation is expected. This gives it time to kick in so your dog can enjoy the full benefits.

There are two main ways to administer Zylkene. The first step is to split the capsule and then you can choose to either mix it with your dog’s food, or mix it into water. Because the taste is palatable to dogs getting your pet to ingest the substance shouldn’t be problematic.

Is Zylkene safe for dogs?

Because Zylkene is derived from a natural source (casein) which can be found in the breast milk of dogs, it is safe for use in canines. You should double check with your vet prior to use just to make sure the substance is suitable for your pup.

Safety precautions

  • Consider whether there is a way to avoid the stressful situation altogether
  • Talk with your vet about giving Zylkene to your dog to see if it is suitable for your pet
  • Store the product out of the way of extreme heat and sunlight
  • If your dog is suffering with more severe cases of anxiety then you may decide to look for stronger alternatives

In severe cases of anxiety your dog may need something stronger than Zylkene. It is always recommended that you try milder alternatives first but if you have already tried to medicate your dog with substances such as Zylkene and it doesn’t appear to be working, you may ask your vet for a benzodiazepine prescription. The benzodiazepine class of drugs includes well known medication such as Valium and Xanax. The problem with these drugs is that they can become physically addictive after long-term use and have far more potential side effects than natural remedies such as Zylkene.

Uses of Zylkene for dogs

Zylkene is a natural remedy for helping dogs cope with:

  • Anxiety
  • Stress

Side effects of giving Zylkene to your pet

There are no known side effects associated with the use of Zylkene.

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