In today’s VETgirl online veterinary continuing education blog, we interview Dr. Lisa Radosta, DACVB, Board-certified Veterinary Behaviorist at Florida Veterinary Behavior Service on the use of trazodone in cats. Most veterinary professionals advocate for sedation for stressed cats as a modality to help with “Fear Free;” however, what drugs should we be reaching for, and what the pros and cons are of some of these sedatives? Should we be reaching for gabapentin or trazodone?

References:
1. Orlando JM, Case BC, Thomson AE, et al. Use of oral trazodone for sedation in cats: a pilot study. J Feline Med Surg 2016 Jun;18(6):476-82.

Dr. Radosta’s book recommendations:

1) From Fearful to Fear Free: A Positive Program to Free Your Dog from Anxiety, Fears, and Phobias

2) Puppy Start Right