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Dr. Michael Salkin
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience
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I want to give my very healthy 68lb lab .5mg of Ativan today

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I want to give my very healthy 68lb lab .5mg of Ativan for anxiety today with fireworks. He goes nuts. But I want to make sure it's ok
JA: I'll do all I can to help. What seems to be the problem with the dog?
Customer: Anxiety because of fireworks
JA: Where does the dog seem to hurt?
Customer: No
JA: Can you see anything that looks wrong or different?
Customer: No
JA: OK. Nothing visually obvious. Is the dog eating normally?
Customer: Yes
JA: OK. No appetite problems. Is the dog having trouble peeing or pooing?
Customer: No
JA: OK. No obvious problems there. How is the dog behaving differently?
Customer: He's just anxious about the fireworks
JA: What is the dog's name and age?
Customer: Severus, 6
JA: What is the dog's name?
Customer: Severus
JA: Huh?
Customer: Severus
JA: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about Sievers?
Customer: No
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Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

Lorazepam (Ativan) can be useful as an anxiolytic (anti-anxiety drug) in dogs. When dosed for noise phobia anecdotall recommendations vary somewhat but usually range from 0.01-0.1 mg/lb 1-3 times daily. There's no published evidence supporting one dosage over another, so starting at the low end of dosing and increasing upward if necessary is prudent. I would start a 68 lb dog out at 1 mg. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.