Trazodone (Rx)

Trazodone (Rx)

Prescription anxiety medication

Trazodone is an oral tablet that increases the natural serotonin levels in the brain, helping pets stay calmer and reducing anxiety. This fast-acting medication can take effect in as little as 2 hours and stays effective for a relatively short time. This makes it an ideal medication for treating acute anxiety caused by stressful situations (such as going to the vet or flying) as well as noises (such as fireworks or thunder), phobias, and other problems that need temporary relief.

50 mg$0.19 per tablet
100 mg$0.29 per tablet
150 mg$0.39 per tablet
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Medication information

Why our vets love it:

Trazodone can be a great tool to calm pets in anticipation of stressful situations such as fireworks and vet visits.

Medication type:

Oral tablet

How to use:

Orally with or without food following the dosage instructions from your veterinarian

Who it’s for:

Cats and dogs

Active ingredient:

  • Trazodone hydrochloride

Common symptoms:

  • Whining or barking
  • Pacing
  • Yawning
  • Destructive behavior
  • Panting
  • Hiding
  • Trying to escape

What it treats:

  • Anxiety
  • Phobias
  • Behavioral disorders

Possible side effects:

The most common adverse effect is sedation, though that’s also a desired effect. Gastrointestinal issues can also occur such as vomiting, diarrhea, and loss of appetite. It has also been shown to occasionally cause disinhibition which can lead to increased aggression. If your pet experiences any adverse effects, please discontinue the medication and contact us. Be sure to tell your vet about any medications, vitamins, or supplements that your pet is taking.