Stimulating Your Pet’s Appetite With Mirtazapine For Dogs

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Learn about the use of mirtazapine for dogs, including information such as the correct dosage and other things you must know.

Mirtazapine (Remeron) was first invented as an anti-depressant medication for use in humans. However, since its creation it was discovered that it’s extremely effective in stimulating the appetite of various household pets. It is commonly prescribed by vets to dogs suffering with kidney failure and stomach problems, and is also used to prevent nausea associated with cancer treatment.

Mirtazapine dosage for dogs

Mirtazapine is often dosed as follows:

Weight of dog Dosage (Once Daily)
0 – 15 lbs 3.75 mg
15.1 – 30 lbs 7.5 mg
30.1 – 60 lbs 15 mg
60.1 lbs + lbs 30 mg

Typically all doses are to be given once a day (every 24 hours) though this and the dosage may vary depending on the condition being treated and the type of breed. Remember, as a prescription drug, it is required that you visit the vet prior to use.

Is mirtazapine safe for dogs?

Mirtazapine is often considered to have very few side effects, and used under veterinary guidance as it should be, the drug is safe. There are a few things that you must be aware of, however, which is covered below.

Safety precautions

  • Do not give mirtazapine to dogs with known allergies to the substance
  • Do not give mirtazapine to dogs who have swallowed a toxic substance
  • Avoid use in dogs who are taking antidepressants unless advised otherwise by your vet
  • Notify the vet of any other medication your dog is taking
  • Notify the vet of any medical conditions your dog suffers from

Because mirtazapine is an antidepressant type drug by nature, it is often advised that you don’t mix the substance with other antidepressant type medicines. Doing so could lead to your pet developing serotonin syndrome, which is a condition caused by an overload of serotonin in the brain. If you fear your dog is having a bad reaction to the drug you should seek veterinary help to prevent symptoms from getting any worse.

Uses of mirtazapine for dogs

Mirtazapine is commonly used in dogs for the treatment of:

  • Poor appetite
  • Nausea

Because mirtazapine is able to stop vomit signals from reaching a dog’s brain it is commonly used to control nausea associated with cancer treatment.

Side effects of mirtazapine use in dogs

Side effects of mirtazapine for dogs is rare, though hyperactivity is noted in some cases and on a more serious note it may cause serotonin syndrome. This usually only happens if your dog is taking other medication which interacts with brain serotonin levels. Look out for signs such as tremors, elevated heart rate, breathlessness, high blood pressure and dilated pupils. In such cases seek emergency care for your pet.

If your dog shows any other signs of serious negative reactions to the drug you should stop administering it immediately and seek emergency veterinary attention. Look out for signs of allergy, which includes labored breathing, rashes and hives.

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