Hi there --
Lorazepam is approved for this use in dogs -- however, the safety margin with diazepam is greater. Considering the age of your dog, blood work would be advised before giving a longer acting benzodiazepine. Not necessary with diazepam if for short term use.
This is a controlled substance -- and does require prescription -- it is not advised to give with out an exam due to possible side effects.
As for Trazadol -- it is not approved for use in dogs
And I cannot locate documentation of its clinical use.
So the biggest concerns are 1) is the anxiety due to anything in specific?
Thank you, XXXXX XXXXX really appreciate the information and will follow your advice.
2) What is the best and safest way to help
No, I think Molly is hyper and probably a little frustrated. she is very bossy and barks alot.
If I could calm her down it would help. My husband has Parkinson's and that is not helping the situation
We also have a chocolate lab (female, very laid back) and 3 cats one of which is a Maine Coon --
I understand completely -- with her personality -- medications would be an adjunct to behavior modification training. Alone -- the medications would simply put her in a bit of a stupor -- and not deal with the behavior. For barking -- there are some alternatives -- I have had some clients have excellent results with citronella spray collars -- that give a slight spray whne a bark is made. It has a light citrus smell -- but is not overwhelming.
The owners that have worked with this have been pleased.
Thank you, XXXXX XXXXX try the citronella spray collar before I try medication.
There are some medications that might apply -- but diazepam might be a starting place-- which is actually better for phobia. But there are some calming medications that you may inquire about -- with these a general practitioner is wise to consutl a vet certified in behavior treatments.
(unless they have great experience) -
You are most welcome-