The antidepressant medicine trazodone is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SARI). However, it is also effective in treating anxiety in dogs and as an antidepressant and sleep aid.
Trazodone is a flexible medicine that can help with a wide range of behavioral problems, including anxiety, aggressiveness, obsessive behaviors, and excessive barking and wailing.
Your dog's veterinarian may prescribe this tranquilizer if they see that he or she is showing signs of stress or fear.
Dogs that are anxious or aggressive during veterinarian appointments might benefit from being given trazodone beforehand. It's also a great way to ensure your dog is comfortable and secure while you're on the road.
A initial dosage of 1–2 mg per pound of body weight is often administered every 8–24 hours for anxiety and behavioral concerns. Depending on the dog's reaction and specific requirements, this can be modified.
Trazodone, particularly when used at larger dosages, has the potential to produce sleepiness and sedation. Depending on how active your dog is, you may need to increase or decrease the dosage.