The melatonin dose for dogs has not been officially established by clinical trials, however
Veterinarians have found that when given to dogs, melatonin helps manage separation anxiety and fearful reactions to thunder, fireworks, and other noises. In other words, it helps reduce stress levels.
Typically melatonin is a very safe drug for use in dogs, however an overdose may lead to problems, which is why it is important to be careful with the dosage you administer and also the frequency of administration. Remember that human medication is often supplied in dosages much higher than the safe amount for dogs. Signs of an overdose include diarrhea, vomiting, loss of coordination and in bad cases, seizures. However you should be aware that gastric upset may also be present in cases of safe usage. If serious side effects present themselves you should always seek professional veterinary attention right away though it is unlikely you will encounter issues.
Quite naturally you want to know: “Is melatonin safe for dogs?”
Should be be using melatonin in dogs with lymphosarcoma?
Our Lignans for Life 6mg melatonin is for people or pets. Our K9 Choice 1mg, 3mg, and 5mg melatonin are for dogs. For more information on melatonin and its benefits for both people and dogs, click on any product below. Melatonin is a naturally occurring hormone produced in the pineal gland. Though most people are only aware of its use as a sleeping aid, it has many other applications when given to dogs, including the ability to help treat separation anxiety, several forms of canine alopecia (hair loss), and phobias. It can even aid in weight gain following the malnourishment associated with surgery and sickness. Being a natural substance makes it a preferable choice for owners who wish to avoid synthetic medicines like Benadryl® for the treatment of anxiety and insomnia. Please be aware that the use of this hormone to treat dogs is still considered “experimental” despite its apparent safety.
We recommend: For the treatment of anxiety in dogs we recommend , a natural remedy with no side effects. Anxietrex relieves anxiety without the rapid heart rate, headaches and itching that is possible with the use of melatonin. 2) Melatonin. Often used as a first treatment, especially if alopecia is present, since it is cheap, has few side effects and is available in health food stores or via nutrient suppliers on the Internet. Typically, a dose of 3 mg is given every 12hrs for dogs In general, when given orally, dogs under 25 lbs should receive 3 mg per dose, while those over 25 lbs should be given 6 mg per dose. Some sources recommend an even lower dose of 1.5 mg for small breeds and up to 9 mg for large breeds.
The injection of subcutaneous implants will need to be repeated several times a year. When treating Alopecia-X (also known as pseudo-Cushing’s, atypical Cushing’s, Nordic breed alopecia, congenital adrenal hyperplasis-like syndrome, congenital adrenal hyperplasia-like syndrome and CRFA) you can also try the oral route of administration. The recommended dosage of orally administered melatonin for the treatment of Alopecia-X is 3 – 6 mg every 8 to 12 hours.
What is the correct way to administer a subcutaneous shot?
When it comes to administering shots subcutaneously we recommend following your vet’s directions. Some vets will have you come into the clinic and perform the injections themselves, but if not, there are several helpful videos on YouTube which show you how to do it yourself. Don’t forget to sterilize the injection site and change the needles after use to minimize the chance of infection.