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Medications for
ADHD dogs

If exercise, diet and training haven’t cured your hyperactive dog of his anxious and high-energy tendencies, it may be time to visit the vet. When all other alternatives have been exhausted, there are medications and treatments that can help your pooch. Just like humans, some pets need a little extra help when it comes to certain imbalances. Here’s what you need to know about common options to discuss with your veterinary professional.

Comfort Zone

This natural remedy works by taking pheromones that are emitted by animals through their skin and glands, and bottling the natural chemicals in the form of a spray or diffuser you can use in your home. Your pooch breathes in the pheromones in Comfort Zone, which attach to a receptive organ located in the dog's nasal cavity. These pheromones, when inhaled, will give your pet a sense of security and comfort.

Rescue Remedy

Another natural option for pet emotional and behavioral problems, Rescue Remedy uses a blend of five flower extracts to help your pet cope with stressful situations. Each naturally grown flower in the remedy mix is meant to battle a specific stress-related emotional imbalance in your pet. Behaviors including but not limited to panic, irritation and lack of self-control can be alleviated by simply adding a few drops of this alcohol-free blend to your pet's food, water or treat, as needed.

Methylphenidate (Ritalin)

Also used as a common treatment for attention deficit disorder in humans, Ritalin is commonly prescribed to help calm and de-stress hyperactive dogs. Ritalin works by correcting a neuron imbalance in a dog's brain that is causing the hyperactivity or diagnosed attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Although Ritalin is not approved by the FDA for use with pets, veterinarians can legally prescribe this drug if your pet is diagnosed with ADHD.


Similar to Ritalin, dextroamphetamine (D-amphetamine) may be prescribed as a lower-strength option for dogs with diagnosed ADHD. D-amphetamines work by stimulating the central nervous system to help curb obsessive behaviors. This type of drug tends have a slower effect on the symptoms than Ritalin does.

St. John's wort

Known to help humans with depression and anxiety-related conditions, studies are now showing St. John's wort may help pets who suffer from similar emotions that translate into hyperactive behavior. Although it is considered a natural supplement, St. John’s wort may be toxic to your pet if given in excess, so make sure you consult your vet.

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