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Helps modify behavioral problems
Adjusts and balance brain chemical levels
Antidepressant that eases anxiety


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At a Glance
Helps modify behavioral problems
Adjusts and balance brain chemical levels
Antidepressant that eases anxiety

An anxious or stressed out dog or cat is cause for distress for any pet owner. Anxiety may come from depression or separation anxiety, or may also be due to the occurrence of unexpected, loud noises. Regardless of the cause, such disturbances can result in behavioral problems such as inappropriate urination, spraying, obsessive grooming, excessive scratching and other self-destructive actions. Worse, pets may become aggressive towards their owners, or they might hurt themselves in their fit of aggression.

Amitriptyline is a prescription antidepressant that helps modify such behavioral problems and also lessens anxiety. The medication alters the brain's chemicals, adjusting the levels of serotonin and norepinephrine to a fine balance.

Amitriptyline for pets is essentially the same medication that is prescribed for humans, albeit in smaller dosages. As with any prescription medication, it's best to consult with your veterinarian to formulate a plan of treatment specifically suited for your pet.

Amitriptyline is the generic alternative to Elavil
  • Behavior & Anxiety Management Pharmacy
  • Care Wellness Philosophy
  • Anxiety Behavior Issues
  • Aggression Behavior Issues
  • Separation Anxiety Behavior Issues
  • Ivermectin Sensitivity Allergies
  • Prescription Pharmacy Type
  • Urination, Excessive Symptom
  • Restlessness Symptom
  • Behavior, Destructive Symptom
  • Oral Application
  • Cat Pet Type
  • Dog Pet Type

How Long Does It Take for Amitriptyline to Work in Dogs?

Amitriptyline for dogs is a tricyclic antidepressant used to treat behavior disorders in small animals. In dogs, the medication is commonly used to treat behavioral problems like generalized or separation anxiety. Amitriptyline is a prescription medication that may take at least a few weeks before full effects are observed in dogs. However, gradual improvement is usually visible within a few days of starting the treatment.

Can You Give a Dog Human Amitriptyline?

Amitriptyline is, in fact, a human antidepressant drug that has also been approved for veterinary usage in dogs and cats. Usually sold under the brand name Elavil for humans and Triptagen or Triptafen-M for animals, the medication is used to treat separation anxiety and occasionally for itchiness and chronic pain in dogs. The most important thing to remember is that the recommended dose for dogs is 0.5 to 2mg per pound or 1-4 mg/kg of the body weight, to be administered every 12-24 hours orally. This is much less than 100-150mg daily for humans.

How Quickly Does Amitriptyline Work for Pain?

Amitriptyline is also prescribed to treat chronic pain in dogs and migraines in humans. If being administered as a painkiller on a veterinarian's recommendation, it's essential to know that the medication can take anywhere between a month and a half to show effects. It's advised not to stop the treatment after a week or two because the symptoms don't go away. Give the medication at least six weeks to work, as a painkiller.

What Happens if Dogs Eat Antidepressants?

A veterinarian recommended dosage of antidepressants will help your dog battle behavioral issues like separation anxiety and also some types of chronic pain. However, the key here is the veterinarian recommended dosage. The recommended dosage for a dog is 0.5 to 2mg per pound or 1-4 mg/kg of the body weight. In case your dog overdoses on the medication, there are bound to be some adverse effects. Some most common side effects include dry mouth, sedation, constipation, and urine retention. Rare side effects may include aggression, vomiting, diarrhea, staggering, disorientation, and more.

Does Amitriptyline Calm Your Dog?

Yes, Amitriptyline is usually prescribed to help calm your dog's nerves. The medication does this by regulating norepinephrine and serotonin, which act as neurotransmitters and elevate the dog's mood. In essence, Amitriptyline boosts serotonin levels to induce calmness and contentment in your dog. This, in turn, makes your dog relaxed, less nervous, and less prone to an anxiety attack. Apart from calming your dog down, Amitriptyline is also known to be beneficial to treat behavioral issues like separation anxiety, submissive urination, incessant yapping, and destructive behavior.

What Can I Give My Dog To Knock Him Out?

Usually, dogs that are anxious, aggressive or hyperactive, need to be sedated at times like vet visits. Sedating helps the dog relax and causes no harm to the handler. There are sedatives of two types - oral and injectable. Some common sedatives are acepromazine and diazepam, diazepam and butorphanol, and dexmedetomidine. Before sedating your dog, consult a veterinarian to know the best kind of sedative suitable for your dog.

What Is a Natural Sedative for Dogs?

There are several methods to help your dog calm down naturally. The most effective natural sedatives for a dog are exercise and mental stimulation. Taking your pup out for fresh air or teaching it a new trick will distract its attention away from whatever is causing the stress. Studies have also shown that playing the right music also has a calming effect on dogs. Aromatherapy, lavender oil, in particular, is known for being the most popular ancient natural remedy for stress relief in dogs. A study by JAVMA has shown that lavender oil is effective for dogs that have travel anxiety. Lastly, supplements like melatonin and pheromones are also effective in calming down a dog in the short term and help them sleep better.

What Can You Do for Dog Anxiety?

Your dog can develop anxiety for multiple reasons, the most common reasons being fear, separation, and aging. Behavioral traits like aggression, soiling the house, panting, drooling, destructive behavior, and excessive barking are telltale signs of anxiety in your dog. The best thing to do is consult a licensed veterinarian, who will be able to identify the type of anxiety and relevant treatment type for your dog. Additionally, vets can also perform checkups to determine if there's any health condition causing the anxiety.

What Do Vets Use To Calm Dogs Down?

To control mild anxiety in dogs, vets usually resort to over-the-counter options like L-theanine, melatonin, and s-adenosyl-methionine. Additionally, they might use synthetic pheromone preparations, and body wraps with reassuring pressure. In severe cases, anti-anxiety medications like alprazolam, Amitriptyline, buspirone, and Amitriptyline are used.

Active Ingredient - Amitriptyline HCL

Other Ingredients: Colloidal silicone dioxide, hydroxypropyl cellulose, hydroxypropyl methylcellulose, lactose (monohydrate), magnesium stearate, microcrystalline cellulose, polyethylene glycol, pregelatinized starch (corn), titanium dioxide. 10 mg dose also includes: D & C Red # 27 Aluminum Lake, D & C Yellow #10 Aluminum Lake, and FD & C Blue #1 Aluminum Lake. 25 mg dose also includes: D & C Yellow Aluminum Lake. 50 mg dose also includes: FD & C Blue #2 Aluminum Lake, and FD & C Red #40 Aluminum Lake. 75 mg dose also includes: D & C Red #7 Calcium Lake, and FD & C Blue #2 Aluminum Lake.

Ingredients vary slightly between dosages

Side effects do not generally occur, but may include weight gain (in cats), drowsiness, dry mouth (and other symptoms resulting from the drug's function as an antihistamine), loss of appetite, increased heart rate, urine retention, vomiting, and diarrhea. There may be an increase in excitability.

Overdosing can have severe consequences for the heart, and should be treated immediately.

Amitriptyline can be administered either orally or by injection. Dosage is as prescribed by your veterinarian (generally, an oral dose is between 0.5 and 2 mg per pound once or twice a day for dogs, and between 2 and 10 mg per cat once daily for cats).

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