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I have a child friend of my granddaughter staying overnight.

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I have a child friend of my granddaughter staying overnight. My dog is very excitable at the new friend. I have some Somnapure sleep aid Is it safe to give the dog to calmn him down?
Submitted: 3 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 3 months ago.

Ruth, I would avoid this product in dogs if only because it contains chamomile which is toxic to them.


Garden Chamomile

Additional Common Names: Chamomile, Ground Apple, Roman Chamomile

Scientific Name: Anthemis nobilis

Family: Asteraceae

Toxicity: Toxic to Dogs, Toxic to Cats, Toxic to Horses

Toxic Principles: Volatile oil; bisabolol, chamazulene, anthemic acid, tannic acid

Clinical Signs: Contact dermatitis, vomiting, diarrhea, anorexia, allergic reactions. Long term use can lead to bleeding tendencies.

Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 months ago.
Hi Ruth,

I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?

Dr. Michael Salkin