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

  1. Thank you for the nice talk! One question. Do you tell the owner to give PVP 3 hours prior to the appointment or prior to they put their cat into a carrier? I mean should the owner wait the PVP to be effective before they stressed their cat by putting them into a carrier? Thank you very much.

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