Help Your Pup Stay Calm With These Dog Anxiety Medications
Dogs, like humans, can suffer with anxiety that is both acute and chronic, according to Peter Bratis, DVM, a Fear-Free certified veterinarian with the San Diego Humane Society.
"Anxiety, over time, has a cumulative effect and it can reduce their quality of life," he adds. "It's best to intervene early."
Whether it's a specific situation or event that causes doggie distress or your pooch is perpetually anxious, it's important to find a solution. "Pet parents may be more inclined to try something other than a prescription medication to start," Bratis says.
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Over-the-Counter Dog Anxiety Medication
Over-the-counter options, including products made with cannabidiol, also abound. Bratis cautions that CBD is not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration, and studies proving its effectiveness are lacking. He says there is, however, anecdotal evidence that these over-the-counter dog anxiety medications work.
If you do want to try an over-the-counter option, run it past your vet to get their opinion. This is especially important if your dog is taking any other medications; these over-the-counter options could harmfully interact with the prescribed medications.
What About Prescription Dog Anxiety Medication?
If you find that over-the-counter meds, in combination with desensitization and counterconditioning training, aren't working for your pup, your vet may prescribe an anxiety medication for dogs such as Xanax, gabapentin, trazodone, or Prozac. Talk with your vet about your specific pet so you can work together to find a treatment to help give your pup relief.