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Is lorazepam sfe for dogs If so, at what weight to mg rat

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Is lorazepam sfe for dogs? If so, at what weight to mg ratio?
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. JD replied 8 years ago.



I need some more information?


What kind of dog do you have? How much does he/she weigh?


Why do you want to give lorazepam?



Customer: replied 8 years ago.
Mixed breed large puppy, about 25 lbs. He is driving me nuts, want to sedate him until hubby gets home. It's the only thing I have in the house that isn't a painkiller or herbal suppliment. I wasn't really thinking aobut giving it to him, I was just curious if it was safe.
Expert:  Dr. JD replied 8 years ago.



Lorazepam is used sometimes for anxiety disorders in dogs, but the dose we use isn't high enough to sedate them. Plus the dose range is pretty wide... for a puppy that size he could take anywhere from 0.5mg to 2mg. Without examining him or knowing about any other medications he might be on, I can't recommend that you give it.


Puppies are wild. They need a lot of exercise and then they still seem to have too much energy. I would encourage you to look into as many interactive toys as you can.. Kongs stuffed with treats, buster cubes and treat balls, nylabones, etc. While I understand the temptation of using a sedative, it's just not a good idea.


Hang in there! and remember, he will grow up!