Trazodone is an antidepressant used in dogs and cats for the treatment of anxiety and/or behavioral problems. It is useful to help calm pets during times of stress, such as loud noises from thunderstorms or fireworks, separation anxiety, travel, and also during periods of activity restriction following surgery.
Trazodone is a serotonin antagonist reuptake inhibitor (SARI) and works by increasing serotonin levels in the brain, helping to reduce anxiety and impulsive or unwanted behaviors.
Trazodone hydrochloride tablets are indicated for the treatment of major depressive disorder.
Use according to your veterinarian's recommendations. The dosage guidelines below are commonly recommended dosages.
Tip: Trazodone may be given with or without food. If your pet vomits after administration of Trazodone, try giving the next dose with a small meal or treat.
|Trazodone Dosage for Cats|
|All weights||50-100 mg total dose for short term use as often as your veterinarian prescribes.|
|Trazodone Dosage for Dogs|
|All weights||The average dose is approximately 3.5 mg/lb daily or as directed by your veterinarian.|
Trazodone shouldn't be used in pets with a hypersensitivity or allergy to the drug. It also may interact with other medications. Trazodone should be administered exactly as directed by your veterinarian.
Trazodone shouldn't be used in pets with a hypersensitivity or allergy to the drug. Trazodone should be administered exactly as directed by your veterinarian.
This drug is FDA-approved for human use. However, it is common practice for veterinarians to prescribe such drugs for use in dogs and cats.
Most common adverse reactions are edema, blurred vision, syncope, drowsiness, fatigue, diarrhea, nasal congestion, weight loss.
Store in a cool, dry location.