can you give a dog xanax

my dog is in pain from pink eye and i can not get her to calm down

Asked by Member 558700 on Jan 15th 2008 in Medications
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You should really contact your vet to see if it would be safe to give Xanax to your dog. It is very similar to valium and would probably work, and is used in dogs, but your vet knows your dogs medical history and can determine if it's safe for her. As well as consult you as to the appropriate dosage if necessary.

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Do not give your dog any prescription drugs without the advice of a vet.

Moxie answered on 1/15/08. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 3 Report this answer


NO, please do not give your dog Xanax (alprazolam). It is definitely NOT approved for use in animals. Valium (diazepam) is not the same thing and has been used to treat dogs/cats in some cases but NOT Xanax. You should take her to the vet to make sure it's "pink eye"--she could have some sort of conjuncitivis or corneal ulcers and you will need steroid drops and antibiotics. It's probably more discomfort for her than pain. Eye problems can get out of control very quickly and if she indeed needs pain meds then your veterinarian will prescribe appropriate dosage and make sure it doesn't interfere with any meds she's already on. Good luck and it's great that you are asking but Xanax could truly be more devastating than eye discomfort! :) Until then, keep her eyes clean to minimize discomfort, also warm compresses have helped my dogs with eye issues.

Kona answered on 1/15/08. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 4 Report this answer


I'll echo the previous poster. NO XANAX! Benadryl is an alternative, though they don't get as tired or relaxed from it as humans do (Nytol and Sominex actually are only Benadryl, and Tylenol PM is Tylenol + Bendadryl; but no Tylenol for doggie). You would need to know your dog's weight, but 2 mg/per pound is safe according to this site:

My vet prescribed it for my dog as a mild sedative, and we only needed 1 mg/per pound of weight.

Keep in mind that they can take more than a human can, so don't use that same dose for yourself.

Sam answered on 1/15/08. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 1 Report this answer


Correct, Xanax has not been officially approved for use in dogs. It IS similar to Valium; it is the same class of drug and works along a very similar pathway. Always consult your vet before giving ANY prescription medications to your dog, as he/she knows your pet's medical history better than anyone else, especially a stranger on a website.

Additionally, was the "pink eye" diagnosed by a veterinarian? It is actually quite rare in dogs, FYI.

Member 558242 answered on 1/15/08. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 1 Report this answer


Your dog probably has some kind of eye infection. You need to take her to the vet to get some medication ASAP.

For Dog's sake, DO NOT give her Xanax. Geez.

~Sophie~ answered on 1/16/08. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer