Alprazolam for dogs can be used to alleviate the stress level, anxiety disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder. It is also commonly used for dogs in treating separation anxiety. Alprazolam is classified under the group of benzodiazepine family and it is the best tranquilizer for bringing the calming effect in dogs. One cannot treat their dog with the Alprazolam prescription which is intended for the human use. The owners need to consult the veterinarian and get the respective prescription in order to use Alprazolam for dogs.
Dosage recommendation of Alprazolam
The available doses of Alprazolam are 0.25mg, 0.5mg, 1mg, and 2mg in the tablet form. It is also being taken in liquid form like 1mg per ml.
The dosage level will differ for every dog based on the factors such as age, weight, health condition.
In general, the average dosage strength is 0.02 to 0.1mg per kg is prescribed to take by a veterinarian.
Typically, for every 12 hours, the recommended dose of Alprazolam should be given to the dogs. It should be taken by mouth orally. Giving this drug in crushed form will harm them.
It should be not given to your dogs without veterinarian consultation. Increasing the dose or decreasing the dose may depend on the conditions being treated as well as the effectiveness of the pill in the body after few times of consumption.
Uses of Alprazolam for dogs
Apart from treating anxiety, Alprazolam can be used for dogs in the treatment of thunderstorm phobia, aggressive behavior change, fears, depression, and grief.
It also is used for relaxing the muscles, used for increasing appetite in dogs and for irritable bowel syndrome.
Basically, Alprazolam will produce the calm or peace in anxious dogs and changes its behavior from very aggressive into normal by the continuous intake of this medication as prescribed.
Side effects of Alprazolam in dogs
Though this is effective in treating different conditions in dogs, it might cause several unpleasant side effects.
The common side effects are
- Sleeping disorder,
- Paradoxical effect,
- Excessive aggression,
- Excessive sedation.
Inform your veterinarian if you have noticed any of the above side effects in your dogs after few hours of Alprazolam consumption. It could be treated by reducing the prescribed dosage strength of this medication.
Precautions while using Alprazolam for treating your dog
- Alprazolam for dogs should not be given if there are any traces of allergic reaction to the drug.
- Dogs with health conditions such as liver disease will face unpleasant side effects with Alprazolam.
- This drug should not be given to the drugs for the sake of training; it would result in inducing bad and aggressive behavior.
- The veterinarian will always recommend Alprazolam for dogs only for short-term. Taking consistently for long period would cause physical drug dependence.
- Withdrawal symptoms will also be unbearable if you suddenly stop giving this drug to your dog.
- Consult your veterinarian before giving Alprazolam for your dog which is pregnant. The sedation effect would affect the fetus.
Giving Alprazolam along with other medication would increase the risk, it is best to seek for veterinarian help to manage the time between other medications.
The sedative effect would get increased with the consumption of other CNS depressant drugs.
Flumazenil will reverse the effects of this drug.
Other drugs which might interact with this Alprazolam are Propranolol, Cimetidine. This drug interaction will affect the working of this drug in dogs and increase the sedative effects.