Don’t Give a Dog Xanax to Calm Down

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Xanas (known as alprazolam) is a medication used to treat panic and anxiety disorders. Vets may prescribe anxiety medications like Xanas for dogs that regularly suffer from stressful situations like fireworks and thunderstorms. That, however, should be the extent of when Xanas can be used on dogs.

You shouldn’t give a dog Xanas unless the vet recommends it. There are a number of reasons why. First, Xanas may lead to the possibility of side effects. Some dogs that are given Xanas may experience side effects like the loss of coordination or start to display over-excitement. This might indirectly lead to dangerous situations for your pooch.

Some dogs might also have allergic reactions to certain types of medication. This will put your dog in a dangerous situation if he happens to be allergic to alprazolam. Anxiety medication may also not be appropriate for certain dogs, including dogs that are pregnant or of old age.

If your dog is suffering from an anxious situation then we would first call the vet and confirm whether it is appropriate to give him medications like Xanax.

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