Anti-Anxiety Medication for Dogs – Elkwood Animal Hospital
As these are reactions to prescription medication, diagnosis of side effects of anxiety medication will take place as part of a regular assessment of your dog’s performance on prescribed anti-anxiety medication. When your dog begins medical treatment for anxiety, you will be informed of possible side effects and told to closely monitor your dog for signs of these effects, as well as specific drugs you will be told to avoid. Diagnosis will depend upon side effects matching up with the specific medication(s) your dog is taking.
If you have heard of Valium (diazepam), then you’re semi-familiar with this family of drugs. In human medicine, they’re mainly used to treat anxiety because they have a sedative effect on the brain. Benzodiazepines take effect very quickly, so they’re good for dogs who have noise phobias. Dogs scared of thunder or fireworks can be given a benzodiazepine to calm their anxiety before a storm or fireworks show starts. Unlike other anti-anxiety or -depression medications that need to be taken consistently for several weeks until they start to work, benzodiazepines can be used as needed.
Fluoxetine is an antidepressant in a group of drugs called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI's). Fluoxetine affects chemicals in the brain that cause depression, panic, anxiety, or obsession-compulsion. Fluoxetine is a prescription medication used in dogs and cats for the treatment of canine aggression and obsessive-compulsive disorder. Fluoxetine is available as 10mg tablets and 20mg capsules. The usual dose is dependant on the condition being treated and the animal's response to treatment. It may take up to 3 or 4 weeks before the medication becomes effective.Dog Anxiety Medications: The kind of your dog needs depends on his emotional issues. Benzodiazepines are fast-acting and can be given as-needed. Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors are a long-term solution that takes several weeks to become effective. Tricyclic antidepressants must be given every day but are longer-acting. Your veterinarian will know best which medication your dog will respond to. It is never recommended you try a dog anxiety medication over the counter without first consulting your vet including herbs, pheromones, or pharmaceuticals.The use of medications can be very helpful, especially for severe cases of separation anxiety. Some dogs are so distraught by any separation from their pet parents that treatment can’t be implemented without the help of medication. Anti-anxiety medication can help a dog tolerate some level of isolation without experiencing anxiety. It can also make treatment progress more quickly.Tricyclic antidepressants regulate brain chemicals preventing chemical imbalances. It does take time for the medications to work, so do not expect regular results. There are two prescription dog anxiety medication choices: Pet owners have a number of prescription dog anti-anxiety medication options. Talk to your vet before using any medications. Sometimes, pets actually have an underlying health issue with symptoms that mimic anxiety and stress. - this is a true anti-anxiety medication and is generally safe to give to most dogs including greyhounds. It can be given at a low dose over a long period of time, or at a higher dose for a brief period. It is only available through your veterinarian. It is the most effective drug I've seen for storms. Unfortunately, even that doesn't help all dogs.