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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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My dog was spayed fri & they gave her trazodone to help be

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my dog was spayed fri & they gave her trazodone to help be more calm. And she seems more aggressive toward one of our other dogs? could it be this drugs making her feel uneasy?
JA: I'll do all I can to help. What is wrong with your dog?
Customer: she's acting more aggressive now than before, she was spayed fri
JA: Where does your dog seem to hurt?
Customer: no
JA: Can you see anything that looks wrong or different?
Customer: no, I 'm concerned the trazodone is making her uneasy mind wise
JA: OK. Nothing visually obvious. Is there anything else the veterinarian should be aware of about your dog?
Customer: she was a little snippy before the surgery but she more snippy than usual
Submitted: 9 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 9 months ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 9 months ago.

Yes, the potential adverse effects from trazadone include sedation, lethargy, ataxia ("drunken sailor"), cardiac disturbances, increased anxiety, and aggression. We need to consider that you're also seeing a pain-induced aggression particularly if she's not being administered an analgesic - a nonsteroidal antinflammatory drug (NSAID) such as carprofen or meloxicam or a narcotic analgesic such as tramadol. Please advise what her current treatment regimen is comprised of.

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
We only had the med for one more day & we still have antibiotics for a few more days. The answer helped very much, we thought it might be making her uneasy
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 9 months ago.

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