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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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My Cavalier has the first signs of SM. I have a pro collar

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My King Charles Cavalier has the first signs of SM. I have a pro collar on her and botties to help prevent wounds from scratching but she is panicing. I have to go to work and I wanted to calm her down. I am wondering if I can give her part of my zanax
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. Is the dog bleeding a lot?
Customer: No, bleeding from scratching?
JA: Phew. What is the dog's name and age?
Customer: ruby she is 1.5
JA: What is the dog's name?
Customer: Ruby
JA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Ruby?
Customer: no
Submitted: 4 months ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 4 months ago.

I'm sorry to hear of this with Ruby. Alprazolam (Xanax) is reasonable when dosed at 0.01- 0.025 mg/lb 2-4 times daily as needed. It sounds as if it's time to consider oral prednisone at 0.5 mg/lb every 12 hours and tapering if possible. Most of these dogs respond favorably.

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