- “Recently, melatonin was reported to be effective in the treatment of one case of noise phobia. The decision to use drugs should be made on the advice of a veterinarian.” (Pets.ca, Montreal, Quebec, Canada)
- “Before the fireworks begin, Dr. Nicholas Dodman, veterinary behaviorist at Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine, suggests taking your dog to the most insulated room in the house. The best bet is a basement. Blast the stereo so you drown out the fireworks. Your dog will probably remember from past years that the flashing lights of fireworks are followed by big booms, so the flashing lights prime his fear. Prevent this by closing the shades so the dog can’t see outdoors.
- “… Dodman adds that melatonin is safe and can be given to any anxious dog. A 40-to 50-pound dog should be given an adult dose. A very small dog should receive about a third to half that, and similarly, a larger dog should be given 1-1/2 times or twice that dose.”(The San Diego Union Tribune, “Animal House – Pet news, views and tips you can use,” July 1, 2004, San Diego, California, USA)
- Using melatonin to treat thunder phobia is discussed by Yankee Golden Retriever Rescue. The article recaps an account by two veterinarians treating a collie: “The effect of the melatonin was dramatic. The dog simply stopped being afraid instead of tearing around the house and digging at the carpets. The melatonin did not put her to sleep, she stayed awake and alert — just not bothered by the thunder.” Their recommended dosage for normal-sized dogs is 3 mg. (Hudson, Massachusetts, USA)
- “I have had considerable success in treating dogs with melatonin for thunderstorm phobia. Surprisingly they do not sleep usually, but lay relaxed but aware through the storm. I would certainly try the approach if presented with a cat that was afraid of thunderstorms or fireworks. The hormone is very safe, and I have seen no side effects with my canine patients. I use a canine dose of 3 mg for an average sized dog, 1.5 mg for anything under 25 lbs, and may increase the dose to 6 mg if they’re over 100 lbs. … Dose to be repeated as needed up to three times a day.
- One effect that I am beginning to see, is that dogs can actually learn to overcome the effects of thunderstorm phobia on melatonin. Dogs sometimes present which are fearful of surfaces (especially linoleum or polished wood) or stairs, but I have not seen such fears in a cat.” (Pet Shrink, “a veterinary practice focusing on behavioral problems,” Berlin, Massachusetts, USA)
- In addition to thunderstorm phobia, and in general helping dogs sleep through the night, The Epi Guardian Angels recommends melatonin to control seizures in canine epilepsy. (California, USA)
Anxiety and Insomnia
- “Melatonin is a homeopathic remedy used to relieve anxiety and insomnia. Anecdotal research demonstrates that melatonin may have beneficial effects in relieving canine anxiety. The recommended dosage is one 3 mg tablet three times per day.”(Comprehensive Pet Therapy, Inc., Georgia, USA)
- Melatonin works wonderfully well to calm nervous dogs. I have a Schipperke who is frightened of fireworks and thunderstorms. My friend has a big Akita scared of the same. Both take melatonin. Another friend gave her Pit Bull melatonin to calm him during a move. I tell every dog owner I know. It works far better than Valium for nervous dogs and seems to have no side effects. I first used it for my dog, who was a mental wreck during fireworks, after reading a recommendation about it in a newspaper column by a vet 8 years ago.
- “Melatonin … can be dosed at 1.5 mg per dose for dogs under 30 pounds, and 3 mg per dose for dogs over 30 pounds. Repeat, if needed, 2-3 times a day. I would not recommend continuous dosing for weeks at a time, but during a stormy day or two, you can do it for the duration. Again, it may not be enough for the severe thunder-phobe.” (Grassmere Animal Hospital, Nashville, Tennessee, USA)
A search on the word “melatonin” at The Whole Dog Journal lists the following articles:
· “Reducing Your Dog’s Anxieties”
· “Chill Pills”
· “Stop the Panic”
· “Bring In Da Noise”
– among others. (Palm Coast, Florida, USA)