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My dog is a 13 year old mini schnauzer ( approx 18 lbs) and he has recently gone deaf.... He sleeps during the day and is up at night howling etc. I wanted to see if I can use melatonin or something else to make him chill out and go to sleep.. he is keeping us up all night

Veterinarian's Assistant: I'm sorry to hear that. Could be a lot of things that cause lethargy. The Expert will know how to help your dog. What is the dog's name?

He does not have lethargy

Submitted: 8 months ago.Category: Dog Veterinary
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr Scott Nimmo, Dog Veterinarian replied 8 months ago
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr Scott Nimmo, Dog Veterinarian replied 8 months ago

Hello again,

Sorry to hear your dog has this problem, however I have worked out an answer for you below.

1. This is certainly worth a try, Melatonin has been used to help sleep patterns in dogs that are very active at night and not sleeping at the right time. This can sometimes occur in older dogs ( Sundowner Syndrome ) Basically it helps re-sets the animal’s biological clock so they sleep at night. Melatonin also has sedative properties by the way and it is often available over the counter or by mail order on the internet. Aslo Melatonin has a very high margin of safety in the dog so even if it does not do much good the chances are it will not cause your dog any harm.

2. You can read more about this drug's use in dogs including dose rates and contraindications etc via this link : LINK

3. But in any case I should be available online for you the next four or five hours today so please do not hesitate to get straight back to me you would like to talk things over with me further.

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Customer reply replied 8 months ago
Thanks - He is 18 lbs so I am assuming as per the link he would fall into the 1-3 mg dosage? Also, there is a melatonin pill and a quick dissolve... which would be preferable?
Dog Veterinarian: Dr Scott Nimmo, Dog Veterinarian replied 8 months ago

Hello again,

Glad to talk this over with you further.

In your case I would go for 3 mg, that should be fine. And either the regular pill or the quick release pill will be OK, no real difference if you are going to try say a two week course to assess the effects.

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Dr Scott
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr Scott Nimmo, Dog Veterinarian replied 8 months ago

Hello again,

I am just checking back in to see how your dog is getting on after our recent dialogue concerning the use of Melatonin ...

Please get back to me and let me know how things are going.

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Dr Scott
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