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My vet said I could give my dogs Meclizine, 25mg/day to ...

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My vet said I could give my dogs Meclizine, 25mg/day to keep them calm during severe storms etc. But what about the weight of the dogs? Shouldn''t that be adjusted for weight? 25mg/kg/day?
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Jane Lefler replied 6 years ago.
Hi Teri,

Meclizine is normally prescribed for motion related sickness. The dosage is 25mg per day for dogs and is not weight related. You can read about this here:
http://www.petplace.com/drug-library/meclizine-bonine-antivert/page1.aspx

Many dogs have reactions to different noises. This is really a problem around the 4th of July and fireworks. For things like thunderstorms, some people tape the noise and play it back at lower volumes while playing with the dog and providing positive reinforcment for the dog's lack of anxiety while the noise is played at low volumes. You then gradually increase the volume slowly until your dog is desensatized to the noise. Your vet could prescribe a medication called Acepromazine which is a tranquilizer. You can read about this here:
http://www.petplace.com/drug-library/acepromazine-promace-aceproject/page1.aspx

Many people get Rescue Remedy to help with noise phobias. You can read about this here:
http://www.canine-epilepsy-guardian-angels.com/rescue_remedy.htm

It may also be available in your local pet store as well. Benadryl is often used as it does tend to calm your dog. Benadryl can be given to your dog, the dose is up to 2mg per pound every 8 hours. Benadryl in not a sedative though so it won't put your dog to sleep. Leaving a TV playing loud also helps prevent your dog from hearing the outside noises. Another treatment is Melatonin which you can read about here. It has been shown to work well for noise phobias.
http://www.peoriahs.org/melatonin.html

Hope one of these suggestions help.

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