|Keywords:||trazodone, anxiety, veterinary|
We will screen for and recruit dogs with a history of displaying signs of stress and anxiety during veterinary examinations.
Dogs will be randomly assigned to receive either trazodone or placebo for the first visit. One week later the dog will receive the other treatment.
At home, the owner will measure the heart rate of the dog 3 separate times. Before the scheduled veterinary visit, the owner will give their dog the treatment (trazodone or placebo).
Upon arrival at the hospital, the researchers will place a harness with a heart rate recorder on the dog. The researcher will examine the dog and draw blood for stress hormone levels, and be evaluated for anxiety via direct and video observations.
Owners will be required to bring their dog to the veterinary clinic for 2 separate visits, and give either placebo or trazodone before the visit. They will be required to measure heart rate at home. They will need to shave the hair of their dog on the chest (1X12 inches) prior to the first visit.
Inclusion criteria are dogs who:
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