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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
Category: Dog Veterinary
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 44 years of experience
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My dog needs a sedative so that I can have some alone time

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My dog needs a sedative so that I can have some alone time with my significant other without him trying to break down the door, etc. Is there something OTC that I can give him. He is a 100 lb. pit mix.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

I wish there were and I understand your frustration. There's simply nothing available over the counter of value. Diphenhydramine (Benadryl) is always mentioned but it won't do the trick for you. In my experience it will take either a prescription benzodiazepine such as alprazolam (Xanax) or clorazepate or, preferably, a prescription tranquilizer such as Acepromazine. These drugs need to be prescribed by Bosco's vet. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.
Hi,
I'm just following up on our conversation about Bosco. How is everything going?
Dr. Michael Salkin