Melatonin for Puppy ?

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Melatonin for Puppy ?

Postby RUBZERK » Fri Sep 02, 2011 6:48 am

Is it safe to give a pup (4 months) melatonin ?
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Re: Melatonin for Puppy ?

Postby heafy » Fri Sep 02, 2011 11:35 am

well, melatonin is naturally made in the body. And I do believe they have melatonin pills for dogs, not sure about puppies though. They are basically the same thing as the human grade, I would just watch the dosage.. Although I have never heard of a melatonin overdose.

This relates to a thread I just posted actually. Melatonin is produced by the pineal gland. Tap water has fluoride in it that calcifies the pineal gland.. I wonder if that affects stress lvls..
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Re: Melatonin for Puppy ?

Postby heafy » Fri Sep 02, 2011 11:53 am

Actually, just did a little research and one can OD on melatonin :wow Just givin' you the heads up!
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Re: Melatonin for Puppy ?

Postby AllisonPitbullLvr » Fri Sep 02, 2011 1:42 pm

Why would you need it?
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Re: Melatonin for Puppy ?

Postby RUBZERK » Fri Sep 02, 2011 6:21 pm

AllisonPibbleLvr wrote:Why would you need it?



well, shes hyper all day & night. even after spending 2 hours at the dog park. just looking for a lil help to keep he calm.
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Re: Melatonin for Puppy ?

Postby AllisonPitbullLvr » Fri Sep 02, 2011 6:39 pm

Exercise her brain, not her body. You won't tire her out physically as easily as you will mentally. Keep her stimulated!
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Re: Melatonin for Puppy ?

Postby Celesteandthebullies » Fri Sep 02, 2011 6:50 pm

Does she have anything to chew on? Kongs?
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Re: Melatonin for Puppy ?

Postby Muttkip » Fri Sep 02, 2011 9:44 pm

Why are you taking a "Pit Bull" puppy to the Dog Park?! :wow
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Re: Melatonin for Puppy ?

Postby FBODGRL » Fri Sep 02, 2011 9:52 pm

Muttkip wrote:Why are you taking a "Pit Bull" puppy to the Dog Park?! :wow



It's a puppy!
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Re: Melatonin for Puppy ?

Postby RUBZERK » Sat Sep 03, 2011 11:13 am

Muttkip wrote:Why are you taking a "Pit Bull" puppy to the Dog Park?! :wow



is this wrong ? :huh?:
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Re: Melatonin for Puppy ?

Postby RUBZERK » Sat Sep 03, 2011 11:25 am

i would say 20% of the dogs at the DP are pitbulls and they all get along very well.
everyone there is respectful to others and i have not seen any "THUGS".
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Re: Melatonin for Puppy ?

Postby mtlu » Sat Sep 03, 2011 1:10 pm

RUBZERK wrote:well, shes hyper all day & night. even after spending 2 hours at the dog park. just looking for a lil help to keep he calm.

Puppy energy is pretty relentless :) Work-to-eat toys are a good way to work her brain while she is getting her daily meals. I think there are some threads in the Equipment section about various kinds of food dispensing toys. I have used kongs with various kinds of fillings and a tug-a-jug. You can even hide bits of kibble all over the house and have her search for her food.

Starting her on some simple obedience training a few times a day, for about 5-10 minutes at a time can also work her little brain and tire her out that way too. As others have pointed out, mental stimulation is just as important as physical activity to tire out a pup.

The dog park sticky has been beaten to death but I will add that for your pup, always make sure she has good experiences every time she goes out to meet the world. Dog parks can sometimes be overwhelming for pups and sometimes, all it takes is one bad experience with a dog/puppy-intolerant dog to impact how your pup might relate to other dogs as she matures. If there are owners of dogs who like puppies and are (dog) socially appropriate at the park, maybe you can approach the owners and set up a play date for your pup. We used to take Molly to dog parks when we first got her and stopped taking her as she matured – opting instead to set up one-on-one play dates with another dog. It's a lot easier to manage a one-on-one play date than managing a potential situation at a dog park – if you've ever seen a fight break out at a dog park (I have), you will understand.
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Re: Melatonin for Puppy ?

Postby AllisonPitbullLvr » Sat Sep 03, 2011 1:20 pm

And keep things interesting!!

Even with my four year old, we never do the same activity twice in one day. One day we go off leash on a trail, next time we do on leash around town, sometimes we play frisbee, sometimes I take him swimming. He never knows day to day what's next.

And when its raining, he gets his kong wobbler.
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