Dogs and the use of Drugs

Sedatives and tranquilizers can harm your dog and even put them to sleep forever. You may be asking yourself how come. Well, the following will help you to understand why this is possible.

The Colorado State University gave a report in which it stated that the abuse of drugs is now becoming a serious problem among pets. Dog owners try to select pets that would look like them. It would now seem that they are also trying to get their pets to act like them.

Dr. Ben Baker from the school of Veterinary Medicine at Colorado State University said, “We always hear that we look like our dogs, and we do have a tendency to think that what is good for us-like vacation and baths-is also good for our dogs. And that is carrying over to tranquilizers.”

Dogs and the use of Drugs

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The manufacturers of drugs are reporting that the number of people taking pills is on the rise. There are two types of “tranquilizers” for any illness, the one that is prescribed and the other that is not prescribed. None of these tranquilizers were ever intended for animals to consume.

Hundreds of billions of dollars are being spent each year to advertise sedatives and tranquilizers, and billions of drug prescriptions are being filled. It is estimated that today there are at least over 200,000 drugs on the market. A popular consumer magazine carried out a survey which shows that in the average household there are more than 30 prescription drugs stored in their medicine cabinets.

How Does This Affect Your Dog?

Dogs and the use of Drugs

For a long time now, tranquilizers have been given to dogs before a long journey or before a surgery. Sometimes tranquilizers would be given to them during different types of training. Owners are now giving sedatives to dogs that are noisy and difficult to control. They do this to keep them quiet and help them become docile and well-behaved dogs.

Dr. Ben Baker also said “I don’t think there is a serious abuse problem yet, but I’m scared that it will become one. Tranquilizers should always be a last resort in dealing with an animal.”

Before winter and before the summer vacations, families who are getting ready to go on vacation would request more sedatives than usual from veterinarians. However, you do not need to give a dog a tranquilizer just to travel. Dogs love to ride in a car and they enjoy doing so. Therefore, they should not have any problem when going on a long trip.

Dogs that are given sedatives to travel could end up sleeping for many days. But if they are not given the proper dose, they may sleep for good.

Dogs and the use of Drugs

The popularity of big guard dogs has increased immensely with people all over the country. As a result, many of these big dogs live in small apartments or small condominiums for a long period of time. Neighbors, who dislike hearing dogs bark, will always complain to their owners who may give their dog a tranquilizer just to keep it quiet.

A veterinarian once said, “I have some serious questions about keeping a dog penned up like that, however, with training, a barking dog can be controlled. We don’t have many dog psychiatrists, but it’s a rare dog that needs tranquilizing.”

There are people who take pills every day and every night to relieve any problem that they may have. So they believe that by giving sedatives to their pets, they would keep them calm and make it easier for them to control. Every now and then, they would give their pets an overdose of tranquilizers causing their dogs to feel as though they’ve gone on a “trip.”

Unfortunately, there are times that their pets do not come back from that “trip.” A dog’s reaction to a dose of any sedatives may be different than other dogs. Some dogs, once drugged, may be more active whereas others may be more difficult to manage.

Anytime your dog behaves reckless and is too excited, avoid giving him any of the sedatives that you got from your veterinarian. There is no evidence so far indicating that dogs cannot become drug addicts so it’s best to keep them off the tranquilizers.

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