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Exploring Trazodone for Dogs: Uses, Side Effects & Where to Prescribe

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Dog anxiety is a common problem and can manifest in various ways. It’s never fun seeing our furry friends anxious, restless and unable to sleep. Fortunately, there are medications available to treat dog anxiety — Trazodone being one of the most commonly prescribed.

What Is Trazodone?

Trazodone is an antidepressant drug that can be used to treat various conditions, including anxiety, depression and other behavioral problems in dogs. It works by increasing the levels of serotonin in the brain, a chemical that helps stabilize mood and emotions. It is non-addictive, safe for long-term use and has been extensively tested in dogs.

Main Uses & Benefits of Trazodone for Dogs

Trazodone is mainly used to treat the following conditions:
  • Separation anxiety
  • Noise phobias
  • Travel anxiety
  • General stress
  • Compulsive behaviors
  • Fear of veterinarian visits or grooming appointments
  • As a sedative during surgical procedures
Trazodone helps make dogs feel more calm and relaxed. However, it’s important to note that it should not be used as a sole treatment for aggression, as it doesn’t solve underlying behavioral issues. It should instead be used in conjunction with other medications and behavioral training.

Trazodone Dosage & Administration

The dosage of Trazodone depends on the weight of the dog and the severity of the condition. While we can compound a number of varying strengths, the drug is commercially available in 50mg, 100mg, and 150mg tablets. If Trazodone is part of your dog’s treatment plan, your veterinarian will be able to provide the correct dosing and strength depending on your dog’s need.
Trazodone is given orally and may be given with food or on an empty stomach. However, if dogs get sick after taking it on an empty stomach, they should take it with food.

Potential Side Effects of Trazodone

Trazodone is proven to be safe for dogs. However, like most medications, it has some potential side effects. The most common side effects are sedation, lethargy and gastrointestinal issues such as vomiting and diarrhea. However, most dogs tolerate the drug well, and these side effects typically subside within a few days.
That said, as a pet parent, you should always watch for any adverse reactions and notify your veterinarian if you notice anything unusual.

How to Get a Trazodone Prescription Paragraph

If you’re concerned about your dog’s anxiety, the best first step is to discuss it with your veterinarian. Based on your dog's specific needs and health conditions, they can prescribe the appropriate Trazodone dosage (or another better-suited medication) and monitor your dog's response. They can also guide you on potential side effects and how to manage them.
If you’re a veterinarian and are exploring pharmacy options for Trazodone prescriptions, consider us at Mixlab. We’re PCAB®-accredited and offer compounded, and commercial medications plus a seamless prescription and next-day delivery experience. We’re here to simplify your day-to-day and make your patients’ experiences great!
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