What are the best anxiety relief medications for cats?
There are several types of drugs used to treat anxiety disorders in pets. They include: benzodiazepines (benzos), tricyclic antidepressants, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and others. All these drugs have different side effects which may cause problems in your pet’s life. Some of them can even kill your pet if taken too much or not enough time.
Benzodiazepine drugs such as Xanax, Klonopin, Ativan and many others can lead to sedation and loss of consciousness. These drugs are most commonly prescribed for humans suffering from anxiety disorders. However, they do not work well in cats because their nervous system is very different than ours. Benzodiazepines may cause some side effects like drowsiness or sleepiness.
Other possible side effects include dizziness, restlessness and seizures.
Tricyclics are similar to benzodiazepines but they act differently. Tricyclics may cause hallucinations, delusions and other mental issues. Tricyclics may also increase blood pressure and heart rate. For this reason, it is recommended that only those with severe cases of anxiety should use them.
If you’re looking for something less dangerous, try SSRIs instead.
There are also natural herbal remedies and supplements for anxiety. These supplements can be found in pet stores or online. Valerian, for example, may help reduce the symptoms of anxiety. However, it usually takes time for it to work, and some pets don’t respond at all.
Also, most of these supplements haven’t undergone any scientific testing, so it’s hard to say whether they work or not. Always ask your veterinarian before giving your pet any supplements.
Finally, there are SSRIs, which are often used to treat depression in humans. SSRIs may cause some side effects such as diarrhea and vomiting. Again, these drugs should only be given to pets with severe anxiety.
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