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We just spoke about my 15 pound Chihuahua and 1 mg of xanax.

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We just spoke about my 15 pound Chihuahua and 1 mg of xanax. She is acting just the opposite of the concerns you said I should look for. She is hyper, restless confused, stumbling and very hungry. Should I be worried?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  VetTechErin replied 2 years ago.
Hi there! My name is ***** ***** I'd be happy to help you with your question about Montana.
Xanax is a medication that is used in dogs to treat anxiety disorders, and at 1 milligram in a 15 pound dog, this would put her just above a level of a therapeutic dose for a dog her size.
Xanax (alprazolam) /typically/ causes signs of sedation, lethargy, general sleepiness. However, in overdoses (and sometimes even in doses that we use therapeutically), there is a slight risk that they will develop a paradoxical reaction.
A paradoxical reaction is an /opposite/ reaction of what we would expect to see. This means we can see excitement, hyperactivity, their hearts start to race, they get alarmed and disoriented. A dog who becomes sedate after ingestion of alprazolam can be typically monitored at home, however if they become agitated and excited, this usually warrants veterinary care.
It sounds like you've been watching her and she's started to show these signs of agitation, so it is best to go ahead and get Montana in to see her vet so they can help to treat her signs. Treatment will be symptomatic and supportive while the drug clears out of her system. I do not expect this will be life-threatening with treatment.
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Expert:  VetTechErin replied 2 years ago.
Hi Jenna Herdick,

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