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Experience:  DVM, Emergency Veterinarian; BS (Physiology) Michigan State Univ
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Quetiapine can be used for dogs? 16 years old female dog,

Customer Question

quetiapine can be used for dogs?
JA: I'll do all I can to help. What is wrong with the dog?
Customer: 16 years old female dog, sometimes keeps walking, walking, she looks confused, in the middle of the night she wakes up, she looks anxious... She had a stroke 2 years ago, recovered ...
JA: Have you looked to see if there is a wound on their foot?
Customer: No wounds
JA: What is the dog's name?
Customer: Priscila
JA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Priscila?
Customer: She has hip dysplasia .
Submitted: 3 months ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr. Ronald Reupert replied 3 months ago.

Hi this is Dr Reupert. I'm sorry to hear Priscilla has anxiety. This is a very common problem in geriatric dogs. We call it night wandering and may be a form of dementia. Another possibility is tinnitus or hearing things that aren't there associated with hearing loss and ear nerve damage. I usually recommend trying to play a radio or television at night to see if this can make a difference. A night light sometimes helps. It is usually temporary, but a low dose of an anti anxiety medication such as valium or xanax can help given at bedtime until it passes.

Please write back if you have more questions.

Customer: replied 3 months ago.
what dosage you consider adequate for her (mg/kg)?
Expert:  Dr. Ronald Reupert replied 3 months ago.

Hi this is Dr Reupert. I'm sorry to hear Priscilla has anxiety. This is a very common problem in geriatric dogs. We call it night wandering and may be a form of dementia. Another possibility is tinnitus or hearing things that aren't there associated with hearing loss and ear nerve damage. I usually recommend trying to play a radio or television at night to see if this can make a difference. A night light sometimes helps. It is usually temporary, but a low dose of an anti anxiety medication such as valium or xanax can help given at bedtime until it passes.

Please write back if you have more questions.

quetiapine does not appear to be safe for dogs, and I could not find very much on its use in dogs. Long term use was associated with cataracts.

Customer: replied 3 months ago.
thank you!
Expert:  Dr. Ronald Reupert replied 3 months ago.

xanax... 0.01 to 0.05 mg /kg

valium...0.05 to 0.1 mg/kg

Expert:  Dr. Ronald Reupert replied 3 months ago.

xanax... 0.01 to 0.05 mg /kg

valium...0.05 to 0.1 mg/kg