One option you may want to explore is melatonin for dogs.
Then let’s look in more detail about the melatonin dosage for dogs and the possible effects.
You should make sure you buy a high-quality brand of melatonin. You wouldn’t skimp when it comes to your own health so why should you when it comes to your dog’s? And cheaper brands of melatonin may contain some harmful ingredients that are toxic to your dog.
Note: Make sure you read the label and give your dog supplements containing melatonin only. Colorings and additives may be toxic to your dog.
Melatonin is mostly given to dogs to treat:
So there we have it, all about melatonin use in dogs.
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 drug commonly used to treat alopecia (hair loss) in dogs, of which the condition “cyclic follicular dysplasia” is most common. Aside from the treatment of alopecia, melatonin has several other uses such as the treatment of anxiety and insomnia. Anybody who has dealt with insomnia at some point knows what a nightmare the condition can be, and it’s every bit as disruptive when it affects our pets. Insomnia prevents our body from getting the rest that it needs for recovery and growth, and can severely limit our abilities in day-to-day life. So how do you treat a dog with insomnia? It’s not a simple case of walking into the nearest pharmacy and picking up the first sleep aid you see, because many medicines which are used to treat humans contain ingredients which are highly toxic to dogs. This means that a great deal of care must be taken, as well as research, to ensure that what you’re giving to your dog is helpful rather than harmful. 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.
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.