Trazodone (Rx)

  • Prescription
  • Cats
  • Dogs
  • Anxiety
Trazodone (Rx)

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

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Medication information

What is trazodone?

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.

What does trazodone treat?

Common symptoms that trazodone treats include:

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

Conditions that trazodone treats include:

  • Anxiety
  • Phobias
  • Behavioral disorders

How is trazodone given?

Give orally to pets with or without food following the dosage instructions from your veterinarian.

Who is trazodone for?

Cats and dogs

What is the active ingredient in trazodone?

Trazodone hydrochloride 

What are the possible side effects of trazodone?

The most common adverse effect of trazodone in pets 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.

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