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My wheaten terrier suffers greatly with anxiety whenever there

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My wheaten terrier suffers greatly with anxiety whenever there is rain, thunderstorms, lighting, fireworks. Currently the Chicago, IL area has had alot of storms, thus no break for Doyle.

I give him .05 mg. valium or more if needed when he either pants, etc. or a storm has been forecasted. Is it ok to give him valium intermittently as needed? I read about the possibility of addiction and they should be tapered off gradually? Would this in any way effect my dogs as I currently administer valium?

Thanks. XXXXX
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  brisadog replied 7 years ago.

Although diazepam is a controlled substance, we do not worry about addiction and withdrawal in animals as long as it is given in moderation and as prescribed. I am careful about giving this medication to geriatric patients, so make sure that you monitor him carefully for any adverse reactions such as respiratory depression or behavior changes.


I tend to prefer alprazolam for this purpose in my patients.


As long as it is being given just on an as needed basis and not regularly, you have no concerns about tapering, etc.


I hope that helps.


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