he might do well on another medication, such as fluoxetine [prozac]
BabyReba wrote:Anyone have a dog that's experienced a paradoxical reaction to Xanax? Today I learned that Button, apparently, is one of the small percentage of dogs that become extremely excited and hyper on the stuff ... he's taken it before, but I never remembered him having any negative response to it. Last time we were at the vet, they gave us a slightly higher dose to use before we visit the office because we're trying to make the vet's office a bit less horrifying for him. So I gave him the meds, waited half an hour, put him in the car and we got there, and instead of being relaxed, he was pumped. Totally into everything and more interested in the dogs and people than usual ... it was sort of weird, but not that dramatic until we got home. From about 2 PM until 4, it was like Button was on cocaine. He tore around the house, barked his fool head off almost nonstop, forgot he had any manners and jumped up on the counters looking for food, grabbed things out of my hands, raced in and out of the backyard, and just did not stop moving or making noise. It was nuts.
He's finally crashed out now, but holy awful experience. I don't even think I can describe it well enough to do it justice.
He won't be getting Xanax again, that's for certain, but now I'm afraid to give him anything else in case he ends up wired again! Anyone have a dog that did poorly on one but really well on another?
Foxy Roxy wrote:Xanax is in the class of drugs called benzodiazepines. A very powerful and dangerous class of drugs that is way over prescribed and very abused. I personally believe that it should be outlawed, the medical benefits are out weighed by the consequences.
In the case of your dog, the jump in dosage was necessary. You can build a tolerance to xanax even after just one dose. The dog probably didn't have enough, or he was simply enjoying the high.
Bad bad bad drug.
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