Trazodone For Dogs

Trazodone For Dogs

  • Kirsten Thornhill - 16.04.2020

Being a dog owner isn’t always peachy keen. In fact, sometimes it’s thunder and lightning storms and anxiety attacks…...literally. As much as most of us wish our four-legged best friends could talk, this just isn’t the case.  

When your pup wakes up to scary, loud noises at three in the morning, it’s hard to calm him/her down. While on this topic, fireworks can come out of nowhere for a pup who doesn’t quite understand the concept of July 4th or New Years Eve too. 



Loud noises can cause a pup anxiety, it can also cause dangerous situations such as your dog getting scared, running away, or even hurting themselves in the act. Your vet may prescribe anti-anxiety medication to ease your pup’s fear - is it worth it?


While easing your anxious pup, these medications may cause adverse reactions that are maybe worse than hearing fireworks? Yikes. Do you have other options? In this article, we hope to help answer these questions you have and any concerns regarding your pup and those celebratory fireworks. 


Fireworks: A Potential Recipe for Disaster


If you’ve ever witnessed a dog become scared from a loud noise, you know how impossible it is to safely calm them down. 


Your dog will typically just attempt to escape the situation, running until their legs can’t anymore.


Anxiety Medication

Your vet may prescribe an anti-anxiety medication, if your pup suffers from stress associated with loud noises. We want pet owners to be aware of these medications, what they aim to achieve, and their potential side effects.


The more you know, the better you can make the best decision possible for your scared pup.


Why Trazodone for Your Dog

Trazodone is a medication typically prescribed to humans as an antidepressant. However, you trazodone is also a medication for dogs. It’s typically seen in the brand names Leptro and Desyrel. 



Trazodone for dogs is used as an anti-anxiety medication for the treatment of numerous anxieties including separation anxiety and anxiety provoked by loud sounds. Trazodone inhibits activity at specific serotonin receptor sites in the brain and changes the way the brain receives messages. 


Trazodone Side Effects


Sounds like a safe bet for your anxious pet, right? Well, there are some not so great potential side effects of this medication. 


  • Sedation
  • Diarrhea
  • Panting
  • Vomiting
  • Hyperactivity
  • Restlessness
  • Agitation
  • Lethargy



    You can quickly see numerous of the adverse reactions resemble an anxiety attack. So what’s the point? Giving your pup harsh medication only for it to potentially create more problems doesn’t make much sense. 


    What is Sileo for Dogs


    Sileo is the first and only FDA-approved drug that is designed to treat loud noise anxiety in dogs. Because so many dogs experience anxiety and fear with loud noises, scientists created a medication specifically for the condition. This medication aims to relieve the symptoms of stress associated with those loud noises. 


    Side Effects of Sileo


    Sileo has been advertised to calm your pup without sedation but we can’t ignore dexmedetomidine hydrochloride (the main ingredient). This ingredient is used for heavy sedation. Your pup may also have side effects like abnormally low blood pressure, slow heart action, and sinoatrial arrest. 



    Unfortunately, there’s more. A sinoatrial arrest can also lead to cardiac arrest, which can lead to death. 


    Acepromazine for Dogs


    Many dogs have noise phobias associated with fireworks, sadly. Many of these dogs are being prescribed a drug called Acepromazine, also known as “Ace”.


    This medication is an effective sedative that is used before anesthesia in dogs prior to surgery. But for firework disturbances in your pup, this “Ace” can be very dangerous. 



    “Ace” Side Effects


    • Seizures 
    • Low body temperature
    • Pink-colored urine
    • Hypotension 


    Valium for your Dog


    Valium is often prescribed to humans for anxiety. However, scientists have developed a dosage of valium that your vet may prescribe to ease stress and anxiety associated with loud noises. 


    Valium Side Effects



    • Impaired coordination
    • Increased appetite
    • Diarrhea
    • Loss of appetite
    • Fatigue
    • Behavioral changes




         Dramamine for Dogs


        There are several medications that help ease symptoms associated with stress and anxiety. For example, Dramamine can help with your pup’s motion sickness. It’s an anti-nausea medication, not an anti-anxiety medication. Therefore, your beloved doggo may not be vomiting, but still having high levels of stress. 


        Your Dog is Terrified: What to Do


        Frantically, you’re wondering, what are your options?


        Be Prepared


        Luckily, we are able to plan ahead, knowing that we know when fireworks typically set off on the same two holidays every year (4th of July and NYE). part of being prepared is understanding symptoms of panic in dogs. 


        • Trembling, shaking, hiding, pacing, seeking comfort, erratic behavior
        • Urination, salivation, easily spooked


        Be Present


        If there’s no way for you to be home with your pup on these loud noise holidays, consider taking your pup to a friend’s place or somewhere that he/she is familiar with and feels safe at. 


        Stay Calm


        Your dog can sense your energy. It’s super important to stay calm. Dogs look to their pack leader (aka you) for social cues.




        For weeks leading up to the “big day” holiday, pet owners will desensitize their dogs by playing youtube videos of fireworks. Start off quietly and don’t make a big deal of the fireworks playing in the background. Increasing the volume of videos over time will help reprogram the dog’s mind to not fear the unknown.


        How to Calm Your Pup Down Naturally


        There are safe and effective ways to naturally calm your anxious pup (with virtually no side effects)!


        1. CBD Oil 

        Studies suggest that CBD oil for your dogs promotes relaxation. 


        CBD oil can be squirted directly into your pup’s mouth or even mixed into their food. 



        Here, at Petly CBD, our Pet Hemp Oil is a great choice for your anxious pup! This natural product combines only two natural compounds that support canine health—broad-spectrum hemp extract and MCT coconut oil.


        2. CBD Pet Chews


        We know some dogs prefer chews over treats. Look no further than these Pet Hemp CBD Dog Treats. Our proprietary veterinarian formulated soft chews are carefully crafted ensuring every ingredient is of the highest quality, and always free of preservatives and pesticides. These tantalizing beef flavored CBD treats not only host a wealth of health benefits, but will have your pup begging for more.




        We are pleased that so many of you are finding all-natural, non-toxic results from the powerful CBD herb.

        Trazodone for Dogs: Final Thoughts


        You want your pup to understand they are safe. Everything is going to be okay and the loud noises will be over soon. Sometimes, it’s just not possible to get these messages across to your pup. Luckily, as pet owners, we can be prepared, present, calm and confident, and implement natural remedies to ensure our pup is comforted and not alone.

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