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Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 44 years of experience
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I have had a rescue dog since he was a 4 months. He's almost

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I have had a rescue dog since he was a 4 months. He's almost 2 years. He's very anxious and you never know if he will bite. I was told he is a high energy mixed breed and needs lots of exercise. My daughter is on her way in from college and bringing a puppy that's about 9 weeks, also a rescue. I'm concerned and was wondering ICU couldgive my 68 lb. dog (Shepard , lab, and border collie mix) Ativan .
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Customer: I'm concerned about my dog being aggressive towards the puppy.
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Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 11 months ago.

I understand your concern. Ativan (lorazepam) has been useful as an anxiolytic (anti-anxiety) drug in dogs or as an alternative to diazepam for treating status epilepticus (persistent seizures). Dosing for fears, anxieties, and phobias varies somewhat but usually range from 0.01-0.1 mg/lb (0.68 - 6.8 mg for your dog) 1-2 times daily or on an as needed basis. It's difficult to know, however, if lorazepam is appropriate for reducing his aggression to the pup. The benzodiazepines such as lorazepam have fallen out of favor because they have the potential to sedate, cause incoordination, and increase appetite, and - most important - they may disinhibit leading to increased aggression.

Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 11 months ago.
Hi,
I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?
Dr. Michael Salkin