We rescued a 1-yr-old, 15 lb. bichon frise 2 wks ago who had been abandoned by his owner. He seems to have bonded with us very well, but he goes berserk whenever we leave the room, and tomorrow night we will need to leave him alone for 3-4 hrs. Is it o.k. to give him 10 mg. valium or 5 mg. valium before we leave and leave him in his crate where he sleeps each night?
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We rescued a 1-yr-old, 15 lb. bichon frise 2 wks ago who had been abandoned by his owner. He seems ... mg. valium or 5 mg. valium before we leave and leave him in his crate where he sleeps each night?

Don't give your valium unless you have your vets say so, he is a small dog and you would have to get the dosage right or it could badly affect him.
You will have to start desensitising him to being left alone , start by putting dog or baby gates so you can go from room to room without him following you.
Alison
sorry to hear that poor animal had to go to a drug addicted family
It always amazes me that people will ask questions like that. 1st of all call your vet.
Why in the world would you ask a newsgroup about a drug for your pet.

Second, it takes a few seconds to look up that type of information your self.
Are you lazy or just stupid? Apparently both.
10 mg of valium would knock me out, or put me in sleepy state and I weigh
150 lbs.
10 mg is a lot!
5 mg puts me in a very relaxed state.Now how much do you think you should give this 15 lb dog. Are you going to be able to determine that from a breaking pill?

I hate reading stuff like this, I shudder to think what will happen to this dog in your care.
And you say you rescued him? pity, he may have had a chance at getting a decent home.
Ever hear of google? Its great for looking up stuff.

http://www.elephantcare.org/Drugs/diazepam.htm
Dogs may exhibit a contradictory response (CNS excitement) following administration of diazepam. The effects with regard to sedation and tranquilization are extremely variable with each dog. Because of this individual variation, diazepam is not an ideal sedating agent for this species.
Overdosage - When administered alone, diazepam overdoses are generally limited to significant CNS depression (confusion, coma, decreased reflexes, etc). Hypotension, respiratory depression, and cardiac arrest have been reported in human patients, but apparently are quite rare.
Treatment of acute toxicity consists of standard protocols for removing and/or binding the drug in the gut if taken orally, and supportive systemic measures. The use of analeptic agents (CNS stimulants such as caffeine) are generally not recommended.
It always amazes me that people will ask questions like that. 1st of all call your vet.

Calling a vet is a good suggestion.
Why in the world would you ask a newsgroup about a drug for your pet. Second, it takes a few seconds to look up that type of information your self. Are you lazy or just stupid? Apparently both.

In my opinion, your method of supplying information and advice is not effective.

Matt. Rocky's a Dog.
How do you know that?
How do you know its not effective?
What is your definition of "effective"?
In my opinion, your method of supplying information and advice is not effective.

How do you know that? How do you know its not effective? What is your definition of "effective"?

What is your definition of "opinion"?
Lee
He should be fine just in his crate. I don't recommend meds at all. Ours was abused before we picked him up and he peed and pooped everywhere. He is fine in the crate. He considers it safe and is always happy to go in there without a fuse ... the first couple times were hard, but he was okay after a day or two and we worked him up to longer periods of time, starting with 1.5 hours. Good Luck.
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