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Dr. Michael Salkin
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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Fireworks and rain are causing my wheaten to be nearly

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Fireworks and rain are causing my wheaten to be nearly hysterical. Can I give him 1 mg of alprazolam with 25 mg if trazodonr?
JA: I'll do all I can to help. What is wrong with the dog?
Customer: He is panting, trembling, hiding, and appears to be " sweaty".
JA: Strange behavior is often perplexing. I'm sure the Veterinarian can help you. What is the dog's name and age?
Customer: Mac and he is 8 years old. This time of year is getting worse and worse for him.
JA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Mac?
Customer: No he is happy and well adjusted normally.
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Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 10 months ago.

Those are good drugs to consider but just one at a time should be administered to see how Mac reacts to them. I dose alprazolam (my preference) at 0.01 - 0.025 mg/lb up to 2-4 times daily. If used for acute phobias such as fireworks and thunderstorms, it should be given in advance (30-60 minutes) of the expected trigger.

Trazadone can be be given to address anxiety-related disorders. It appears to be safe but the adverse effect profile isn't well known in dogs. Dosing is variable but usually recommended at:

25 mg for dogs under 5 lbs, 50 mg for dogs between 5-10 lbs, 100 mg for dogs between 10-20 lbs+ and dosing can be repeated at 12-24 hour intervals.

Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.