Buspirone is an anti-anxiety medication. It is used for the treatment of certain behavior disorders in dogs and cats, especially those related to fear or phobias.
For: Multiple species including Dogs and Cats.
Buspirone relieves anxiety and is used to treat behavior disorders, particularly those related to fear and phobias. It may also be prescribed for urine spraying in cats. Buspirone is a human medication that reduces anxiety. Similar to other behavior modification drugs, treatment with Buspirone is most effective when used in conjunction with behavior modification techniques.
How it works: Buspirone treats certain behavior disorders by reducing anxiety. Buspirone is in an anti-anxiety drug and works by modifying the chemicals used by neurons to communicate with each other.
Dosage & Administration: Buspirone is given by mouth. Always follow the dosage instructions provided by your veterinarian. If you have difficulty giving the medication, contact your veterinarian. This medication should only be given to the pet for whom it was prescribed. Do not stop the medication abruptly unless directed by your veterinarian.
Possible side effects of Buspirone: Side effects are uncommon, but may see slow heart rate, vomiting or diarrhea, and behavior changes. If you observe any unordinary signs in your pet, contact your veterinarian.
Cats: Cats may become more or less affectionate. Cats that are usually timid and live in multi-cat households may show aggression.
If you miss giving a dose: If you miss a dose, give it as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the one you missed and go back to the regular schedule. Do not give two doses at once.
If you overdose the pet: If you know or suspect your pet has had an overdose, contact your veterinarian immediately.
What should I avoid while giving Buspirone to my pet: Consult your veterinarian before using Buspirone with vitamins, supplements, ephedrine, monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs) such as selegiline (deprenyl, Anipryl) or amitraz (an ingredient in some tick collars, and in Mitaban, a treatment for mange), nervous system suppressants, diltiazem, erythromycin, ketoconazole, itraconazole, rifampin, trazodone and verapamil, since interactions may occur.
Who should not take it? Do not use in animals hypersensitive (allergic) to it. Use with caution in those pets with liver or kidney disease. Avoid use in the mother if she is nursing.