Your cat has been prescribed trazodone for management of both ongoing or anticipated anxiety (eg fireworks, thunderstorms, veterinary appointments). It should be used alongside a desensitizing behavior program to help control your pet’s anxiety. It may have been prescribed if your cat has recently had surgery and needs to be confined in a crate for the recovery period or will be housed in a high stress situation for a short period of time (eg boarding kennel). It is also prescribed, typically in combination with gabapentin, prior to veterinary appointments for sedation and calming during transport and examination.
This information sheet is designed to help answer commonly asked questions and help you give the medication safely and effectively to your pet. It does not contain all available information for this medication. If you have other questions or need more information, contact your veterinarian or pharmacist.Always follow the dosing instructions provided by your veterinarian.
• Serotonin receptor agonist and reuptake inhibitor (SARI).
• Do not use with MAO inhibitors eg Selegiline or Amitraz.
• Decrease dosage by half for first 3 days when combining with tramadol.
• Do not use in cats with bleeding disorders.
• Use with care in animals with epilepsy.
• Use with care in animals with liver or kidney disease.
• Use with care in animals with heart disease and avoid if cardiac arrhythmias.
• Use with care in pregnant animals and lactating queens as can enter the milk.
• Use with care in cats with certain types of glaucoma.
• Dosage: usually used as needed just before known stressful situations. Can be given daily for use in anxiety.
• If used long term do not stop suddenly - taper dose when stopping.