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Prescription Anti-Anxiety Medication for Dogs

Has your dog been shivering, barking when you’re not home, digging, or destroying furniture? Your pup may suffer from anxiety. Prescription anxiety medication is usually avoided if possible but can be given to dogs with severe anxiety symptoms. Your veterinarian will take into account your dog’s weight, stress levels, and other prescription medication they may be on. Oral anxiety medications can work in as fast as 20 minutes of ingestion, but there are other calming aids that may perform better for your pup. Always consult your veterinarian to discuss the proper treatment for your dog's condition.

FAQs About Dog Anxiety Medicine

Ordering prescription anti-anxiety medicine for dogs is a simple process. Just add the item to your cart, fill in your pet and veterinarian’s information, and Petco will handle getting the prescription.

Your veterinarian may prescribe anxiety medication after other natural remedies have not worked. To avoid any harm to your pup, always check with your veterinarian to ensure proper use and dosage of medications. Additionally, your veterinarian might want to advise working with a dog trainer in combination with prescribed medication to aid in the unwanted behavior.

There are plenty of medications to help calm dogs. Veterinarians can prescribe serotonin-reuptake inhibitors or antidepressants for severe cases. There are also natural calming aids, such as chews, oils and crates.

Oral medications can begin working within 20-30 minutes of ingestion. Other medications prescribed by your veterinarian work over time and can take up to a couple of weeks to start being effective, which is why working with a dog trainer or veterinary behaviorist can be an important mode of therapy for your stressed or anxious pet, depending on the inciting cause.