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There are times when our dogs show signs of anxiety, restlessness going to sleep, or “sundowners syndrome” when they pace in the middle of the night. Melatonin is an all-natural harmless calming and sleeping aid. If my dog is in really bad shape, like during a sundowner’s episode, I have given as much as 20mg of melatonin.
Since I foster many dogs, I ALWAYS have melatonin! It’s great for dogs when they newly arrive to my home, when we are traveling and going to new places, and when they show signs of senility or dementia. This brand called NOW is one that I trust. I sometimes pair it with another all-natural supplement called L-Theanine. Every dog is different so not all herbal treatments work on everyone, but melatonin seems to work for most dogs. In fact, I give new foster dogs melatonin upon arrival to my home whether or not they shown signs of distres to help them ease into the new situation.
For your dog,I recommend asking your veterinarian for advice on dosage if you don’t feel comfortable figuring out the dose. Once you start with the safe, recommended dose, you can gauge based on how your dog reacts to it and add or decrease. It is one of the items I recommend should be in your Senior Dog Care Kit!