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Old 02-11-2013, 03:13 PM
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Kassie had her yearly appointment today. I told the vet about her seperation anxiety that has skyrocketed since we lost Boomer. For now, she's not left alone for long, comes to work with me, but if I leave her for a bit, she freaks out, she sounds like a dog in pain, it's not just plain cries. I worry because we have to leave them for a day in March and even though we have a sitter who's going to check in on them, I worry about Kassie. The vet suggested Xanax, at a very low dose ( she's 11 years old and as of this morning weighs 3 pound 8 ounces) and prescribed 6. I decided to give her one today, 2 hours ago, just to make sure I can keep an eye one her for her first time. I thought it would mellow her down, but insted it made her hyper. She's stumbling all over the place and just wants to investigate everything or play and won't stand still. Because she's off balance, I have to try and confine her because she doesn't have any fear, she'd fall right off the couch if I'd let her, poor girl. I called the vet and they said the stumbling is normal, but the hyperness is unusual, but the effects should wear off after 4 to 5 hours. And that next time to cut the pill in half.

Anyone hear of a dog getting hyper on Xanax before?
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Old 02-11-2013, 03:19 PM
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Xanax...it makes you HAPPY. YAY HAPPY. As in, I thought I was in fairly land the first time I took it. So I suppose I wouldn't be overly surprised that she's hyper and having fun. If you are looking for something to mellow her out more, I might suggest trying a different drug. Xanax isn't the first thing I would go to when you're looking for mellow/sedating drug.
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Old 02-11-2013, 03:22 PM
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Yeah, that doesn't surprise me. I've heard of valium having the same effect, and since it's the same class of drugs, it doesn't surprise me at all.

I would give her half a pill in a few days, see what happens, and if the effects aren't what you're looking for, I would try something else.
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Old 02-11-2013, 03:42 PM
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I never realized it made them hyper, I've never took it myself. I always thought it was suppose to calm them down. I didn't get it to calm her, it was to take her anxiety away while I was gone, and for that it's working because she has no care in the world right now. It's like having her at 5 months again, sheesh, forgot how much a handful she was. I'll cut the dose in half and try it again on Sunday while I'm off work.
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Old 02-11-2013, 04:20 PM
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Poor Kassie! My two get Amitriptyline and it mellows them out some, but doesn't make them zombies.
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Old 02-11-2013, 04:53 PM
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Can it be give as need bases, Mer? We did talk about Prozac but the vet says often, when it comes to pets mourning, that it gets better in around 2 month. It's getting close to that amount of time for Kassie. Lets hope it gets better, and I hope I'm not perpetuating it more for her.
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Old 02-11-2013, 06:53 PM
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Any psychotropic medication pretty frequently has the exact opposite effect it's intended to have, which is why it's so common for people to commit suicide after starting an antidepressant. Everyone's brain chemistry is different.

Milo is on Prozac, and although it's not an anxiety med or a sedative, it SERIOUSLY calms him down. It's not something they can go on and off of.

Have you tried just giving her benedryl? I actually can't take any kind of benzodiazapine (xanax, valium) because I got addicted and am allergic to antipsychotics commonly prescribed for anxiety. So I have a prescription for Vistaril, which is just another type of benedryl, to help anxiety. It's prescribed to almost every recovered xanax/ativan/valium addict.
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Old 02-11-2013, 09:04 PM
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It's not the usual effect, but it absolutely can happen. It makes Squash absolutely stark raving bananas.
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Talk to your vet about Atarax. It's a prescription antihistamine, but it can have a calming, sleepy side effect.
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Old 02-20-2013, 11:01 AM
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You might try a natural calming supplement. Cranimals Zen Dog Calming Biscuits has pumpkin extract in them which is supposed to be a natural source of tryptophan. I'd say it would be worth a shot over Xanax. Check this link out for some natural options. http://www.luckydogvitamin.com/healt...n/anxiety.html Good luck.
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