Trazodone is an antidepressant medication that is used in dogs with anxiety, behavioural or phobia related issues. When this medication is used it can be given as a single dose before an appointment, or it can be used daily for behavioural reasons and extreme anxiety. When Trazodone is used on a daily basis, it is initially started at a lower dose for every 12 hours. When used before appointments, it is given 2 hours before you travel to the vet hospital.
Trazodone comes in an oral pill form and needs to be given on an empty stomach to work at its peak effectiveness. If you need to hide the pills in a small treat, that is perfectly acceptable, just not a full meal. It’s important to note that Trazodone does not cause full sedation. Your pet will still be able to walk into the clinic; this medication is to help anxiety and keep them calm during an appointment.
This medication should be stored at room temperature in a tightly sealed container. Be certain to keep in a safe place away from any pets or children who may accidentally ingest it.
Trazodone is a very safe medication with minimal side effects. Some noted effects can be sedation, lethargy, and stumbling. Sometimes vomiting and diarrhea can also be noted.
Trazodone is a very safe medication with a wide dose range. If the low dose of medication is not enough to help with your dogs’ anxiety, speak with your veterinarian about increasing the dose. We want to help keep you and your pet happy and relaxed so don’t be afraid to talk to us about your pet’s dose.
Trazodone is such a safe medication blood work is not required as often as some other medications that we send home. However, if it is being used daily for anxiety or behaviour, wellness blood work should be done once a year. Ideally at the time of your dogs’ annual exam and vaccines.
If at any time you feel that the dose your dog is taking is no longer effective, please contact us at the office and we can re-evaluate their dose.
Written by: Kelsey Hewgill