Sedative for Dogs


Usually, sedatives are used in dogs when it comes to grooming, nail clipping, travelling by air/car and in other cases that may cause a pet an excessive stress.

In this article we are going to speak about sedation for a dog to make it calm and relaxed.

What Medication to Choose if Your Dog is Travelling Long Distances?

There are two most common drugs-tranquilizers that are able to sedate a dog very effectively and for considerable long time periods:

  • Acepromazine (PromAce®)
  • Diazepam (Valium®)

These drugs are widely used by veterinarians to sedate aggressive and frightened dogs before regular vet checks and examinations. Also, these drugs may be applied while grooming or travelling long distances.

These medications are working by blocking certain signals in central nervous system making the animal calm or sedated. Acepromazine and Diazepam are strong medicals, thus make sure, your dog doesn’t have some contraindications.

Warning! The above mentioned drugs can be obtained only on prescription from a veterinarian and should be administered under vet supervision.
Note! Acepromazine (PromAce®) has anti-vomiting properties, i.e. this drug is perfect for dogs who are going to be transported for a long period of time.

Herbal Calming Agents

Though above mentioned tranquilizers are very effective, they can do harm for your dog if used too frequently. Moreover, these medications are impossible to buy without a prescription and should be used only by a veterinarian.

There are some natural calming agents that are not so forcible, but they are harmless and highly-available:

    • You can try Dorwest Herbs™ Scullcap and Valerian tablets to sedate your dog. The advantage of these calming agents is that they are natural and can be used since the early age. The dosage is 1-2 tablets per 5 kilos of body weight daily.
Be careful! These sedatives are not recommended for pregnant and breast-feeding dogs.
  • Vetzyme Stay Calm Liquid®: this herbal oil is composed of Chamomile and Ginger oils. These oils perfectly calm, soothe and relax. The dosage is 2.5 ml daily per dog. The medication may be added to food.

Without Using Medications

If your pet doesn’t show excessive aggressiveness or fright towards a groomer, veterinarian or during the transportation, you can try to calm down your dog in the following way:

    • Place a few drops of Lavender oil on your palms and gently massage the back, head and neck of your dog. The odor of Lavender oil has excellent soothing and relaxing properties.
Recommendation: moreover, Lavender oil is able to fight fleas and other insects that can invade your dog’s coat – just put some drops on the grooming tools and brush the pet. This oil becomes a must for every dog owner.
  • When travelling by car/train/air put some of your dog’s favorite toys (or blanket) inside the crate. This items will help your dog to smell ‘home’ and stay relaxed.
  • Use products that contain appeasing pheromones. These hormones are secreted by a mother to calm down the puppies. These products are available in the form of collar and spray.
  • Try melatonin supplements. Products with melatonin are used to calm down the dogs before potentially stressing situations (for example, vet examinations, fireworks, thunder, transportation, etc.)
Advice: if you have a dog that shows some destructive behavior at home, make sure, that your dog have plenty of physical activities.

Now you know how to sedate your dog with the help of tranquilizers, calming herbal agents and other supplements.

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Author of Silvia Brown
Written by Silvia Brown
Glad to see you, my friends! I started this blog several years ago as a hobby and continue to write articles about dogs.
I'm a dog lover and the proud owner of two wonderful dogs: French Bulldog Maya and Beagle Tom. It's been more than 10 years since I had a dogs and worked closely with them. I've raised four dogs throughout my life and have experience assisting in the births of two dogs. At least once a week, I volunteer with friends at a dog shelter AMA Animal Rescue and Animal Care Centers of NYC in NY.
Medically reviewed by Awilda Rodriguez, DVM on June 16th, 2017,

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