Melatonin to Help Your Dog with Anxiety

Melatonin to Help Your Dog With Anxiety

February 19, 2008

Do you have an anxious Chihuahua? Does your dog bark all the time, or shake during a thunderstorm, or does your poodle tremble when you go to the groomer? Rather than using tranquilizers many people are turning to a more natural sedative such as Melatonin.

These are all signs of anxiety in dogs and like people they are certain situations which cause them anxiety. A painful injury or trauma also causes your dog great anxiety. Melatonin is a natural hormone produced by the pineal gland which is part of the endocrine system and also carries beneficial anti oxidant that fights free radical cell damage.

It helps to produce sleep for insomnia and reducing hypertension, high cholesterol, as well as anti-aging properties like preventing brain deterioration. It increases immune function and induces relaxing sleep for people as well as pets. In humans melatonin is used as a sleep aid but in dogs it has a great application in reducing stress.

It is well known that the body produces Melatonin at night especially at 3:00 a.m., and if there is not enough production people cannot get their biological clock back to normal. This is often the case when you go through time zones while traveling and its often termed Jet Lag.

Melatonin is often used to reduce anxiety, phobias, and other fearful conditions but mostly to induce sleep. It can also be used to help older dogs and cats who suffer from lack of sleep or other forms of dementia.

It is unknown as to why this happens but it is a mystery of medical science that some people and pets grown worse after the sun goes down or in the evenings. It can be as some have determined the accumulation of all the activities of the day which can be overwelmning and cause stress in your pet.

Precautions and Side Effects

I use Melatonin regularly to reset my sleep clock I have found no side effects. While Melatonin is safe and available over the counter you should only use it with the help of a Veterinarian or Holistic Veterinarian. Melatonin may interact with other medications such as corticosteroids and oxidase inhibitors. Check with your veterinarian and other medications you give your dog and if your dog has allergies to similar medications.

Melatonin Dosage Information

Melatonin is prescribed in a 300 mcg, 1 mg and 3 mg pill.

A small dog dose is .5 to 1 mg every 8 hours. A large dog dose is 3 to 9 mg, taken orally or whenever it is necessary.

For cats, use a dose of .5 to .8 mg per cat every 12 hours.

If your dog or cat has had a problem settling down at night to sleep or is a restless sleeper you can get benefit of a relaxed sleep for your pet.

Once the pet starts to get onto a more restful sleep you can wean it off the Melatonin and just use it when needed. Melatonin has produced positive results for 75 percent of dogs who were given the supplement just before a thunderstorm. Other dogs gained relaxation as they stared to show signs of anxiety but you will find it works for your dog’s anxiety. To see online see: Melatonin Pet Care, and key in Melatonin.

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7 thoughts on “Melatonin to Help Your Dog with Anxiety”

  1. We left Connecticut and almost lost our Yorkie, Chloe, from stress and anxiety. For three days, Chloe was so bad that her tongue actually got blue. We did have her on a tranquilizer, but it did not seem to work at all. I was up all night with her for three nights and walked with her in my arms for hours till she settled down. When we arrived if Florida, we immediately took her to a vet. He prescribed a drug for sedation, valium and melatonin. Chloe also has a collapsed tracea so the sedative was too much. The valium was ok, but she still seemed very anxious. She has been on just melatonin since the 9th of October and today, she seems to more relaxed, very noticably relaxed. Next week, we are going home so I am hoping the melatonine works even better by getting it in her system. It has been a long process for Chloe. She has a lot of medical issues.

    Chloe seems to be sleeping much better also. I will let you know how we make out next week.

  2. We just rescued a cute female Airedale terrier, but she is a bit high strung and nervous. Our worst times are bedtime (when she hears a noise and starts barking) and when she gets anxious and start biting her back, legs, and haunches, Drives us nuts, because she will chew til it’s bald and bleeding! Trader Joes has chewable Melatonin. It’s pretty cheap, and comes in a 500 mcg dose. For my 40 lb dog, how much should i give her? I would SO appreciate your input,,, since we can’t be here to monitor here all the time.

  3. Thank you for this information. We just got ouru first dog, a 2 yr old Cardigan Welsh Corgi/Daschund, and he seems to be afraid of EVERYTHING. He does alright with us, except my husband, but he’s terrified of the noises, too many people, goes the bathroom outside and wants right back in the house. I’m going to start the Melatonin along with information about training a Fearful dog.

  4. Does the melatonin have to be used for a certain amount of days in order for it to be effective? Or can I give to my dogs just before a thunderstorm and have it be effective?


  5. I really loved the info your site has. I just would like to know if anyone out there has a boxer/pit mix. We have a 31/2 yr old male. He gets very excited at the cannons that go off from the blueberry farmers to protect their crops from the birds. He also hates the rain, thunderstorms, and firecrackers. I was told by a breeder of golden retrivers that it is safe to give this to him to calm him down w/ no
    adverse side effects. Has anyone had any of these experiences, and how did the dog handle them?

  6. I am absolutely thrilled over this! I was looking up natural alternatives. I have an older dog who suffers greatly from anxiety and I just can’t be around her 24/7 even though I am home almost every day. She wakes me up a few times every night just to ck and see if I’m there. I am exhausted and desperate! My daughter is on melotonin at night to help her sleep and I never thought about being able to use it on a dog. I just now tried it and am so hopeful of the results.
    Thank you!

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