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Will Giving A Dog Xanax Hurt Her?

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The answer to this really depends on your dog. When it comes to the health of your precious canine, you need to be sure that you’re taking precautions and that you’re doing everything possible to allow your pet to remain healthy. Xanax is of course not meant to be consumed by a dog. The tablets are there to help people who suffer from anxious and nervousness-related conditions like depression. Xanax will never be prescribed to a dog, either, and that’s solely for the reason that the dosage and chemicals that are used are just not suitable.

Hence, there is potential for the Xanax to hurt your dog. There are complications, however, which make the question particularly difficult to answer. You can assume that it’s a good idea to take the dog to a vet, but there is a chance you won’t have to. If you know precisely how many of the tablets that the dog has ate, you will be able to determine whether or not the dog will be alright, and whether you need to seek help.

Eating a small amount should be OK for a large dog (such as one tablet or half of a tablet), but eating the same amount will not be good for a small or medium-sized dog. Your best bet is to take the dog to the vet to get a professional solution to the problem. Whilst you may not necessarily see any harm being done to your family member, you surely don’t want to take the risk! Get to a vet with the tablet packaging in hand, and they’ll be able to give you their expert advice, answering your questions calmly.
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Xanax is used in veterinary medicine for loud noise phobias like thunderstorms or fireworks.  The dose is 0.02 milligrams per kilogram body weight given orally every 6-8 hours as needed.  Your dog's dose would be approximately 0.25 milligrams given as directed above.  I would NOT give this medication without first consulting your veterinarian.  You have an older dog and medications should only be given to healthy dogs.  Your veterinarian can help you assess your dog's health status and run bloodwork to make sure the kidneys and liver are functioning appropriately---these organs break down and excrete medications.  this medication is used cautiously in elderly pets.  Also if your pet is on any other medications your veterinarian will make sure there are no interactions.
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Do not give lunesta to an animal. I have given my 70 pound German Shepperd .25 of Xanax at the doctors direction. This is for extreme anxiety like 4th of July
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For what I just found it is a benzodiazapine, you aren't supposed to feed an animal that. If you feel that this isn't correct, call an emergency vet office in your area, and talk to them about it. In the meantime, you should keep the pup inside. Hope this helps.
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We are trying to find an owner for someone's pitbull because she had a stroke and can't take care of it anymore.  I'm afraid of the exchange with the new owner.  It's a bit fiesty/vicious and we think a sedative would be best.  He weighs about 100 pounds.  Can I give the pitbull xanax or lunesta?
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My dog was recently diaignosed with cancer she ha s a hard time breathing only at night would it hurt to give her a small piece of a zanax to help relax her.
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In my experience, never, ever give an animal people medications unless specifically prescribed or suggested by your doctor. Even in small doses, the chemicals in those drugs can destroy a person, much less an animal. Remember that animals have different chemicals and allergies than us. (Chocolate, as you may recall, is the most famous...) Call a vet or don't risk it!

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