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Also known as Lunesta, Ambien, or Sonata, sleep aids for humans will very often have on opposite effect on canines.  These can be either benzodiazepines or non-benzodiazepine hypnotics and work on the neurological, cardiovascular, and respiratory systems.  Oddly these can have either a stimulating or a depressive effect on dogs.  There is no way to predict which dog will react in which manner but symptoms can be mild to moderate.  Symptoms can include:

  • Panting
  • Drooling
  • Severe Sedation
  • Severe Agitation
  • Depression
  • Hyperactivity
  • Aggression
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Tremors
  • Lack of Coordination
  • Reduced Breathing
  • Reduced Heart Rate