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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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We made a trip to our sons house 4hours from home and our

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We made a trip to our sons house 4hours from home and our cavalier King Charles has had a panic attack .She weighs 25lbs. I have a prescription for Ativan 5mg and was wondering if that is safe for her. She is hyperventilating.
JA: I'll do all I can to help. What seems to be the problem with the dog?
Customer: Is that medication safe for heroes do you have any suggestions
JA: Where does the dog seem to hurt?
Customer: It's her breathing she sounds like she is hyperventilating from her car ride with us .
JA: Can you see anything that looks wrong or different?
Customer: No
JA: OK. Nothing visually obvious. Is the dog eating normally?
Customer: Yes she did eat this morning normally
JA: OK. No appetite problems. Is the dog having trouble peeing or pooing?
Customer: Yes she peed this morning
JA: What is the dog's name and age?
Customer: Anniebelle and she is 6years old
JA: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about Anniebelle?
Customer: No just the hyperventilating since the trip yesterday
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 11 months ago.

I might dose such a patient with lorazepam (Ativan) at a dose in the low range of dosing such as 0.1 mg/lb every 8-24 hours. Chosing a practical dose for Anniebelle that is closest to 1/2 or one 0.5 mg or 1 mg tablet (per dog) is reasonable. You can always titrate the dose upward if necessary. Adverse effects include increased appetite, aggression, increased activity/excitement, and vocalization. With initiation of therapy, dosage increases, or at higher dosages, ataxia ("drunken sailor"), somnolence (sleepiness), and lethargy can occur.

Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 11 months ago.

I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?

Dr. Michael Salkin