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What is Acepromazine?

Acepromazine is a phenothiazine tranquilizer that is used prior to anesthesia and surgery because of its sedative effects and its ability to prevent vomiting. It's also used as an aid in controlling excited animals during examinations, treatments, and grooming. Acepromazine is sold per tablet and requires a prescription from your veterinarian.

For:

Cats and Dogs

Benefits:

  • An effective tranquilizer
  • Controls overly excitable animals
  • Can prevent vomiting post surgery
  • Sold affordably per tablet

How does acepromazine work?

Acepromazine is classified as a phenothiazine neuroleptic, which means it modifies the chemicals in your pets brain to change their behavior. Its a tranquilizer that depresses the central nervous system. The mechanism of action is not exactly known, however, its thought to block receptors of dopamine in the brain, a chemical used for cell-to-cell communication.

Cautions:

Tell your veterinarian if your pet has liver disease, heart disease, seizure disorders or if the pet is pregnant or lactating. Also mention other CNS medications, such as Phenobarbital, that your pet may be taking.

Brand Name:

Aceproject (Vetus), Aceprotabs (Vetus), PromAce (Fort Dodge)

Generic Name:

acepromazine (ace PRO ma zeen)

What is the most important information I should know about acepromazine:

Acepromazine is a prescription medicine FDA approved for veterinary use in dogs only; however it is a commonly accepted practice for veterinarians to use acepromazine in cats. Acepromazine is available as 10 mg and 25 mg tablets. Each tablet is quarter scored. The usual dose for dogs and cats is 0.25-1 mg/lb. Acepromazine may color the urine pink. Occasionally, this medication may have an opposite effect causing stimulation, therefore this medication should not be used to treat aggression.

What should I discuss with my veterinarian before giving acepromazine to my pet?

Tell your veterinarian if your pet has liver disease, heart disease, seizure disorders, or if the pet is pregnant or lactating. You should also mention other CNS (Central Nervous System) medications such as clomipramine, fluoxetine, and Reconcile or monoamine oxidase inhibitors such as Anipryl, Selegiline, or Preventic Collar that you are giving or using on your pet.

How should acepromazine be given?

Give acepromazine exactly as directed by your veterinarian. Acepromazine should be given 45 minutes to 1 hour prior to the procedure for the medication to take effect. If you do not understand the directions ask the pharmacist or veterinarian to explain them to you.

What are the potential side effects of acepromazine?

Stop giving acepromazine and seek emergency veterinary medical care in the event of rare allergic reaction (difficulty breathing; swelling of the lips, tongue, or face; hives). Other, less serious side effects that have been reported but may resolve with continued treatment. Continue to give acepromazine and notify your veterinarian if your pet show signs of sedation, depression, incoordination, low blood pressure, slower heart rate and breathing. Other side effects may also occur. Talk to your veterinarian about any side effect that seems unusual or bothersome to your pet.

What happens if I miss giving a dose of acepromazine?

Give the missed dose as soon as you remember during the same day. However, if you don't remember until the next day, skip the dose you missed and give only the next regularly scheduled dose. Do not give a double dose of the medication.

What happens if I overdose my pet on acepromazine?

Seek emergency veterinary medical treatment. Symptoms of overdose may include excess drowsiness, slow heart rate and breathing, unsteady movement, unconsciousness, low blood pressure or seizures.

What should I avoid while giving acepromazine to my pet?

Do not give your pet epinephrine or CNS depressant medications such as Phenobarbital.

What other drugs will affect acepromazine?

Before giving acepromazine, tell your veterinarian if your pet is being given phenytoin, antiarrhythmics such as quinidine and beta blockers such as propranolol. Antidiarrheal medications and antacids may reduce the effectiveness of acepromazine.

How to Use

Acepromazine Directions:

  • Acepromazine is a prescription tranquilizer use by veterinarians in dogs and cats.
  • Acepromazine is typically used prior to anesthesia and surgery because of its sedative effects and because it can prevent vomiting.
  • It is also used as an aid in controlling excited animals during examination, treatment, and grooming.
Tip:

Acepromazine may color the urine pink. Occasionally, this medication may have an opposite effect causing stimulation; therefore this medication should not be used to treat aggression.

Dosage:
Dogs/Cats:
Weight
Dosage
All weights
Give 0.25-1 mg/lb of pet's body weight by mouth. Should be given 45 minutes to 1 hour prior to the procedure
Horses:
Do not use!
Storage:

Should be stored at room temperature. Keep away from moisture and heat.

Ingredients

Acepromazine Ingredients:

Acepromazine 10 mg tablets:
Active Ingredient (per tablet)
Amount
Acepromazine Maleate
10 mg
Acepromazine 25 mg tablets:
Active Ingredient (per tablet)
Amount
Acepromazine Maleate
25 mg
Customer Reviews
Acepromazine is rated 4.1 out of 5 by 72.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great for surgery recovery My six-month 25lb Border Collie puppy was spayed a few days ago and I was told to prevent her from running or jumping for at least one week. I had no idea how on earth I would possibly manage this, as she has hours and hours of full-speed dog park energy every day. After research and talking with the vet I started with half of the lowest recommended dose. It worked like a charm for the first 48 hours, but then she started getting excited well before the six hour dose period was up. So I increased it from a quarter pill every six hours to a quarter pill every four hours. This worked great for a day, and then needed to up the dose to half a pill every six. It has been two days on half a pill and while she will get up and try to play if the opportunity is there, as long as I keep the room quiet and keep her away from distractions she is still content to sleep for most of the duration of the dose. Eventually I may need to up the dose again, but it looks like she'll be fully healed long before we get to the point where we need the maximum dose. Start low and slow, be patient and use this as an aid to a problem, not a cure-all. p.s. For large breeds, herding dogs, and sight hounds - do some research first! Maybe get your dog tested for the MDR1 gene. And bigger dogs have a higher chance of blood pressure dropping too low.
Date published: 2014-04-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent product My dog Rose petal was a puppy mill dog for six years. She has been with me a year and has come a long way learning to be a dog. She becomes tramatized when I groom her. This product is a God send-thank you
Date published: 2014-04-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A big help We had a terrible series of storms in our area shortly after we rescued our lab/pit mix female dog from out of state. With each major thunderstorm over the next couple of years, our Daisy got more and more anxious. I was afraid she'd have a heart attack the last time, so my vet prescribed this medication. It really helped her. The trick is getting it into the dog an hour before bad storms. Storms can pop up out of nowhere, and the med needs time to get into Daisy's system. But I am thrilled with the result. Daisy is much calmer during thunderstorms now.
Date published: 2013-09-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This product is wonderful My yellow Labrador Retriever , ,Maggie, is more afraid of storms than any dog I've ever had, & this product works wonderful, none of the other products I tried worked, but this one does! She actually slept through a thunderstorm.
Date published: 2013-08-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Worked excellent My 100 lb Rottie was given 25mg pills which the vet said to give her 2 2 hrs before the office visit to the vet. She refused the vet check so I had to get a relaxer. I decided to have Dr. Gordon a mobile vet come to the house and gave her the 2 25 mg pills 2 hrs before he arrived. Within 1 hr. she was sedated to the point where she was sleepy and wobbly on her legs. He gave her the shots muzzled and with my husband and I holding her head so she could not move. She was was still alert but did not have her normal strenght which made it easier for all of us. The medication of the 2 pills lasted about 7 hrs to the point where she just slept which was fine. Without this medication no one would be able to approach her without a struggle. The vet did inform us that the next time he sees her to give her three 25 mgs instead of the 2 because that would be perfect for her. The medication absolutely solved our problem and she was able to receive her shots with out a problem.
Date published: 2013-03-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I have given this medication to my dog Cooper 9 times and it has worked great. He gets very nervious when we have thunder and lightening. He gets even works when he hears fireworks. He is 20 lbs and is given a 10 mg pill, and within 30 minutes you can tell he is relaxed and is not shaking and drolling.
Date published: 2012-12-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Safe Sedative My pug absolutely hates getting her nails trimmed, and any contact with her ears and teeth - forget about it! I have to hide this medicine in a spoonful of peanut butter, and usually give her dosage about 6 hours before I do any grooming. The medicine did say to administer it about 1 hour beforehand, but it seems too soon, and my pug was still alert. She is about 25 lbs, and so I give her the 1 full size tablet.
Date published: 2012-10-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A furniture saver My 73 lb 13 year old yellow lab gets very upset during thunder storms and fireworks. I give her 10 mg Ace. It takes about an hour to work. She gets very relaxed. Make sure to let her out before it takes effect or she is to doped to get up for a while. She has lost her bladder and bowel if not careful. Before this drug The vet gave me Zanex for thunderstorms. I gave her one and went to work. I came home to find my recliner in pieces in the den. It gave her super strength, considering she can hardly walk up and down the stairs. Ace is much better!!
Date published: 2012-07-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect for our Cats We have used this with our 4 cats when moving and recently having to shave our Maincoon who hates his hair and constantly bites and rips his hair out. If not that, then he has allot of giant fur balls and he hates doing that and crys. It basically knocks him out so I can trim him with clippers and he doesn't move or fight. Great stuff. :-)
Date published: 2012-06-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good for separation anxiety I moved 4 days before starting a new job. My 56lb pit bull had some minor separation anxiety in the crate when I first got him, but had otherwise been fine for 4 years. Until the first time I left him alone at my new house. There is a dog kennel in the garage, he busted out of it and ripped through the screen door into the house. The next time, I crated him inside the house, he broke out and wrecked a door and widow frame. Tried securing the kennel better, he tore through the chain link. He cut his face up horribly during all of these instances. I worked on training, but I was starting my job the next day so I got ace. I gave him 25mg 1.5 hours before leaving. I put him inside a crate inside the kennel. He screamed and was freaking out when I left. I wasn't sure if the medication was helping. 8 hours later when I got home, he had hurt his face more and wrecked the crate door, but was sleeping when I got there. He had licked all the peanut butter out of his kong, too. He seemed much much more relaxed as opposed to destroying metal like a rampaging lion. I would guess this takes quite some time to kick in, so be aware of that.
Date published: 2012-06-19
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Medical Straightjacket I had this drug via prescription from my vet to help my dog deal with thunderstorms. Outwardly, it seemed to work. She no longer tried climbing the couch, or crawling into my lap, but something still wasn't right (she was still breathing heavy and shaking). We had a meeting with an animal behaviorist recently and I mentioned the storm anxiety and said we gave our dog this med. She said to stop immediately as this drug is just a medical straightjacket. Sure our dog wasn't outwardly panicking, but it's not because she didn't want to, but because she couldn't. Her mind was still fearful (which explained the "not right" feel to the times we used it) and if I continued using this drug her anxiety would only get worse.
Date published: 2012-06-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good to go! Great medication if you have to manually express dogs bladder
Date published: 2012-05-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect for post surgery Our 10yr olds dog had ACL surgery...Post surgery protocol required being crated for 6 weeks and daily ice and physical threrapy... ACE is perfect for long crating periods and keeps him calm during PT..
Date published: 2012-04-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from excellent pdt My 9 mo old Caralina Dog is extremely anxious when having his nails clipped. Acepromazine was very effective in sedating him to the point where he was passive during the clipping. One mg/lb was needed. We started with a lower dose but needed to follow std inst before it became effective. He took about 5 hours to recover from the affects of the drug. We're hoping to reduce the dosage as be becomes more accustomed to the process.
Date published: 2012-03-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Worked like a charm My 55-lb. Australian Shepherd gets carsick, even on short hops to the dog park. Originally my vet prescribed an anti-vomiting drug for him, but it had no effect. When I wanted to bring him along on a four-hour drive to visit friends, my vet prescribed 10 mg. of Acepromazine. Looking at the information, I realized that was under the minimum dosage recommended (he's always very cautious about such things) and I wasn't sure it would work. But I gave him the pill and an hour later we hit the road. He lay in the backseat the whole way, calmly and I think occasionally dozing. I couldn't really tell when the effects wore off because they were so mild to begin with, but it sure did work. I've read some of these reviews and it seems that many people had success with the less is more approach. I'm grateful for this, because it means I won't have to board him when I go out of town. We can have many adventures together now.
Date published: 2012-01-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Thank God!!! My puppy Precious has been extremely hyper and when I had to go in for shoulder surgery we knew that something had to be done to settle our little (40 lb) puppy had to have something to calm her down for my safety. The doctor ordered this medication for her and it has truly made a difference in her behavior. She is still quite the wild one but it's about 100 times less than it was to begin with. At least now she can settle down at least a little and we've been able to work with her and do some more puppy training. I would recommend this medication to anyone that needed to calm their hyper puppy down.
Date published: 2011-10-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from ACEPROMAZINE 25mg. Acepromazine is an excellent medication for dogs who suffer from separation anxiety, thunder and lightening, rain and especially for getting their nails clipped. My dog, Clifford's eyes get red and he gets a bit woozy; however, it is a miracle drug for my dog and helps him to relax in traumatic situations. I highly recommend this medication for a dog that suffers from any of the above issues.
Date published: 2011-09-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very good med I have a 7lb Pomeranian who is terrified of riding in the car. Even on very shoprt trips (less than 2 miles) he is very anxious and whines and yaps. I give him 1/2 tablet when we drive to Illinois from South Carolina and he is a totally different animal. He is calm and much more relaxed. Sedated enough to be calm while riding, but still excited to get out for potty breaks. Once we are out of the car for good, he staggers around a bit for a while, but after a good night sleep he is his normal hyper self.
Date published: 2011-09-10
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Potent drug I have to travel with my cat who has severe anxiety with nausea and vomiting. He weighs 12 pounds. I gave him 5 mg (1/2 tab) & he was staggering in 15 minutes. Unable to even walk up the stairs after 5 hours. Next time will be 1/4 tab. Be careful with this medication.
Date published: 2011-08-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Scary Drug Bunny (10 yr old mixed breed, 33 lbs) refuses to let anyone trim her nails so the vet recommended Ace. Fortunately I read a couple dozen reviews here and knew to only give her a little bit. Vet recommended 25 mgs (one pill) but suggested I start with a half-pill (12.5 mg). I started with 1/8 (3mg) and Bunny was completely knocked out for five hours... but she still yanked her foot away every time I began to clip her nails. Now, at the 6-hour mark, she can sit up and drink water if I bring it to her, but that's about it. I think she'll come out of it OK but I still wasn't able to clip her nails. I'm not brave enough to give her a heavier dose but it might work.
Date published: 2011-08-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent product! My vet recommended Ace for my 10 year old lab mix. We live in South Florida and have thunderstorms on an almost daily basis during the summer months. Without medication, my dog drools, pants, shakes, and hides in a corner. We give her the vet's recommended dosage about 30 minutes before a storm, and she is calm enough to not drool, shake, pant, etc., but she is not completely drugged to the point where she passes out. The medication wears off after 4-6 hours with no apparent side effects. Great product!
Date published: 2011-07-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Small Dog I have a 9 pound Yorkie and I gave him 1/4 of a 10mg tablet. This is the first time using this medication and I am trying it so I can see how he does. He does not like to ride in the car and we are planning a long trip soon. The medication started to work within 45 minutes and then he was just very sleepy and drowzy. He could not stand so he was just laying on my bed. I would recommend using the lowest dose first and see how the dog does. The prescription he had was 1/2 tablet but I only gave him 1/4 and I am glad I did.
Date published: 2011-07-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Thanks goodness I have a very hyper dog that both knees had to have surgery. "Rupture anterior cruciate ligament with a torn medial meniscus". Before and after surgery he has to be in his crate for 24/7. Without Acepromazine not sure how he could cope with being in that crate. Does not get out of his crate until around August. Yet Acpromazine does not slow him down when people come over or he is excite, other than that thank goodness he is sleeping . No side effect for this guy. Can't wait until he is back running around and off all of these meds that he has been taking since Jan. 2011
Date published: 2011-06-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome I used this on my Cat last night for the frist time. She is very non socail and dose not not like to fooled with at all I gave a half a tab and man I was actualy able to clip her nails. It took me nearly 5 years and A net with schrahes and A split thumb to even get to her carrer this one tiny pill was a wonder. She was so mello she diden't care that i was clipping her claws and they were getting supper long to. I live in hurcane prone state so if we have to leeve she will most defently get A half of this pill. Great Pill.
Date published: 2011-06-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Works great with the right dose My vet prescribed this for my dog before we took her to the beach, which is a 9 hour car ride. She had never been on that long of a trip, and on short trips she gets very nervous and pants and drools alot. My vet said to give 1/2 tablet (of the 25mg), and if it didn't work, I could give her the other half after a couple of hours. She weighs about 33 lbs. After reading some of the reviews here, I started getting nervous to give my dog this drug. Some of the side effects seemed very scary and not worth it to me. However, I also didn't want to see my dog be stressed out for 9 hours, which is also scary. So I decided to give her a 1/4 of a pill. I thought it probably wouldn't have any effect. Well, it turned out to work perfectly. Within an hour of starting our trip, she curled up and went to sleep. I had given her the pill about 30 minutes before we left. She slept for the majority of the trip, and when she was awake, she just sat there calmly. It was definitely effective even at that small of a dose. I'm so glad I didn't give her more, because I probably would have seen some of the effects others have seen. The pill had bascially worn off by the time we got there, about 9 hours later. She was back to her normal self. I would recommend this pill, but talk to your vet about first trying the absolute losest dose possible. Seems this is a pretty strong drug and takes very little to work. I'm sure every dog is different, but I would start with an extremely low dose, for us it was effective without having scary side effects.
Date published: 2011-06-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for flying I gave my 6 lb., 8 month old puppy Kaity 2.5 mg. (1/4 tab) of Acepromazine 20 minutes prior to her first airline flight. She slept on my lap throughout most of the flight and was calm during our layover. The flight attendants on Southwest were great, and the other passengers on our row fell in love with her. They couldn't believe a puppy could be so well behaved. She had no side effects from the medication and once the sedation wore off she was her old playful self.
Date published: 2011-06-13
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Scooby's reaction Scooby is a 20 pound indoor, 10 year old aggressive cat. I just found a vet I like and he prescribed Acepromazine. Usually, when vaccination time comes around the vet has either attempted to muzzle her, lampshade her or do a gas sedation. I hated taking her to the vet for this reason. We gave 25 mg to my cat for her visit to the vet. I was very happy with the product on the day of her visit, but later in the day she experienced uncomfortable side effects. Last night her third eyelids were covering her eyes a little and it seemed as if she couldn't see well. She seemed to breathe abnormal. Her walk was unsteady. Her eyes didn't start looking completely normal until this morning. She is just now getting back to normal. Finally lying on her back and able to relax. I felt terrible for her. Every cat reacts differently, I guess mine just had a hard time with it.
Date published: 2011-06-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from acepromazine Great! Vet said it wouldn't help that she wouldn't let me cut her nails but it worked. 25 lb beagle 1 pill 2 hrs before naiol cutting stilll didn;t like it but let me
Date published: 2011-06-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from POWERFUL STUFF Our vet prescribed 2, yes 2, of the 25 mg tablets for our 45 lb. dog. He did say that I may not need to give him the full 50 mgs at first. When we got home I gave him 1 of the tablets. He slept for 28 hours STRAIGHT! He got up once to drink. He didn't even ask to go outside to take care of business. The next time I only gave him 1/2 and that did the job I expected. He was lethargic, and lazy. Slept alot for about 12 hours and then was back to normal. I gave my mom a few for her dog to use around the 4th of July. She gives her 55 lb. shepherd 1/2 of the 25 mgs and she's pleased with the result.
Date published: 2011-05-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Acepromazine Works well, but like others if it's a severe storm, or last a long while, I often find I have to give my dog at least a 1/2 pill extra (we get the 10mg) to truly calm her. But really helps knock her out during storms, fireworks, etc. with no nasty side effects.
Date published: 2011-03-29
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Q&A
Acepromazine is rated 4.1 out of 5 by 72.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great for surgery recovery My six-month 25lb Border Collie puppy was spayed a few days ago and I was told to prevent her from running or jumping for at least one week. I had no idea how on earth I would possibly manage this, as she has hours and hours of full-speed dog park energy every day. After research and talking with the vet I started with half of the lowest recommended dose. It worked like a charm for the first 48 hours, but then she started getting excited well before the six hour dose period was up. So I increased it from a quarter pill every six hours to a quarter pill every four hours. This worked great for a day, and then needed to up the dose to half a pill every six. It has been two days on half a pill and while she will get up and try to play if the opportunity is there, as long as I keep the room quiet and keep her away from distractions she is still content to sleep for most of the duration of the dose. Eventually I may need to up the dose again, but it looks like she'll be fully healed long before we get to the point where we need the maximum dose. Start low and slow, be patient and use this as an aid to a problem, not a cure-all. p.s. For large breeds, herding dogs, and sight hounds - do some research first! Maybe get your dog tested for the MDR1 gene. And bigger dogs have a higher chance of blood pressure dropping too low.
Date published: 2014-04-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent product My dog Rose petal was a puppy mill dog for six years. She has been with me a year and has come a long way learning to be a dog. She becomes tramatized when I groom her. This product is a God send-thank you
Date published: 2014-04-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A big help We had a terrible series of storms in our area shortly after we rescued our lab/pit mix female dog from out of state. With each major thunderstorm over the next couple of years, our Daisy got more and more anxious. I was afraid she'd have a heart attack the last time, so my vet prescribed this medication. It really helped her. The trick is getting it into the dog an hour before bad storms. Storms can pop up out of nowhere, and the med needs time to get into Daisy's system. But I am thrilled with the result. Daisy is much calmer during thunderstorms now.
Date published: 2013-09-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This product is wonderful My yellow Labrador Retriever , ,Maggie, is more afraid of storms than any dog I've ever had, & this product works wonderful, none of the other products I tried worked, but this one does! She actually slept through a thunderstorm.
Date published: 2013-08-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Worked excellent My 100 lb Rottie was given 25mg pills which the vet said to give her 2 2 hrs before the office visit to the vet. She refused the vet check so I had to get a relaxer. I decided to have Dr. Gordon a mobile vet come to the house and gave her the 2 25 mg pills 2 hrs before he arrived. Within 1 hr. she was sedated to the point where she was sleepy and wobbly on her legs. He gave her the shots muzzled and with my husband and I holding her head so she could not move. She was was still alert but did not have her normal strenght which made it easier for all of us. The medication of the 2 pills lasted about 7 hrs to the point where she just slept which was fine. Without this medication no one would be able to approach her without a struggle. The vet did inform us that the next time he sees her to give her three 25 mgs instead of the 2 because that would be perfect for her. The medication absolutely solved our problem and she was able to receive her shots with out a problem.
Date published: 2013-03-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I have given this medication to my dog Cooper 9 times and it has worked great. He gets very nervious when we have thunder and lightening. He gets even works when he hears fireworks. He is 20 lbs and is given a 10 mg pill, and within 30 minutes you can tell he is relaxed and is not shaking and drolling.
Date published: 2012-12-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Safe Sedative My pug absolutely hates getting her nails trimmed, and any contact with her ears and teeth - forget about it! I have to hide this medicine in a spoonful of peanut butter, and usually give her dosage about 6 hours before I do any grooming. The medicine did say to administer it about 1 hour beforehand, but it seems too soon, and my pug was still alert. She is about 25 lbs, and so I give her the 1 full size tablet.
Date published: 2012-10-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A furniture saver My 73 lb 13 year old yellow lab gets very upset during thunder storms and fireworks. I give her 10 mg Ace. It takes about an hour to work. She gets very relaxed. Make sure to let her out before it takes effect or she is to doped to get up for a while. She has lost her bladder and bowel if not careful. Before this drug The vet gave me Zanex for thunderstorms. I gave her one and went to work. I came home to find my recliner in pieces in the den. It gave her super strength, considering she can hardly walk up and down the stairs. Ace is much better!!
Date published: 2012-07-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect for our Cats We have used this with our 4 cats when moving and recently having to shave our Maincoon who hates his hair and constantly bites and rips his hair out. If not that, then he has allot of giant fur balls and he hates doing that and crys. It basically knocks him out so I can trim him with clippers and he doesn't move or fight. Great stuff. :-)
Date published: 2012-06-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good for separation anxiety I moved 4 days before starting a new job. My 56lb pit bull had some minor separation anxiety in the crate when I first got him, but had otherwise been fine for 4 years. Until the first time I left him alone at my new house. There is a dog kennel in the garage, he busted out of it and ripped through the screen door into the house. The next time, I crated him inside the house, he broke out and wrecked a door and widow frame. Tried securing the kennel better, he tore through the chain link. He cut his face up horribly during all of these instances. I worked on training, but I was starting my job the next day so I got ace. I gave him 25mg 1.5 hours before leaving. I put him inside a crate inside the kennel. He screamed and was freaking out when I left. I wasn't sure if the medication was helping. 8 hours later when I got home, he had hurt his face more and wrecked the crate door, but was sleeping when I got there. He had licked all the peanut butter out of his kong, too. He seemed much much more relaxed as opposed to destroying metal like a rampaging lion. I would guess this takes quite some time to kick in, so be aware of that.
Date published: 2012-06-19
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Medical Straightjacket I had this drug via prescription from my vet to help my dog deal with thunderstorms. Outwardly, it seemed to work. She no longer tried climbing the couch, or crawling into my lap, but something still wasn't right (she was still breathing heavy and shaking). We had a meeting with an animal behaviorist recently and I mentioned the storm anxiety and said we gave our dog this med. She said to stop immediately as this drug is just a medical straightjacket. Sure our dog wasn't outwardly panicking, but it's not because she didn't want to, but because she couldn't. Her mind was still fearful (which explained the "not right" feel to the times we used it) and if I continued using this drug her anxiety would only get worse.
Date published: 2012-06-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good to go! Great medication if you have to manually express dogs bladder
Date published: 2012-05-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect for post surgery Our 10yr olds dog had ACL surgery...Post surgery protocol required being crated for 6 weeks and daily ice and physical threrapy... ACE is perfect for long crating periods and keeps him calm during PT..
Date published: 2012-04-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from excellent pdt My 9 mo old Caralina Dog is extremely anxious when having his nails clipped. Acepromazine was very effective in sedating him to the point where he was passive during the clipping. One mg/lb was needed. We started with a lower dose but needed to follow std inst before it became effective. He took about 5 hours to recover from the affects of the drug. We're hoping to reduce the dosage as be becomes more accustomed to the process.
Date published: 2012-03-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Worked like a charm My 55-lb. Australian Shepherd gets carsick, even on short hops to the dog park. Originally my vet prescribed an anti-vomiting drug for him, but it had no effect. When I wanted to bring him along on a four-hour drive to visit friends, my vet prescribed 10 mg. of Acepromazine. Looking at the information, I realized that was under the minimum dosage recommended (he's always very cautious about such things) and I wasn't sure it would work. But I gave him the pill and an hour later we hit the road. He lay in the backseat the whole way, calmly and I think occasionally dozing. I couldn't really tell when the effects wore off because they were so mild to begin with, but it sure did work. I've read some of these reviews and it seems that many people had success with the less is more approach. I'm grateful for this, because it means I won't have to board him when I go out of town. We can have many adventures together now.
Date published: 2012-01-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Thank God!!! My puppy Precious has been extremely hyper and when I had to go in for shoulder surgery we knew that something had to be done to settle our little (40 lb) puppy had to have something to calm her down for my safety. The doctor ordered this medication for her and it has truly made a difference in her behavior. She is still quite the wild one but it's about 100 times less than it was to begin with. At least now she can settle down at least a little and we've been able to work with her and do some more puppy training. I would recommend this medication to anyone that needed to calm their hyper puppy down.
Date published: 2011-10-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from ACEPROMAZINE 25mg. Acepromazine is an excellent medication for dogs who suffer from separation anxiety, thunder and lightening, rain and especially for getting their nails clipped. My dog, Clifford's eyes get red and he gets a bit woozy; however, it is a miracle drug for my dog and helps him to relax in traumatic situations. I highly recommend this medication for a dog that suffers from any of the above issues.
Date published: 2011-09-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very good med I have a 7lb Pomeranian who is terrified of riding in the car. Even on very shoprt trips (less than 2 miles) he is very anxious and whines and yaps. I give him 1/2 tablet when we drive to Illinois from South Carolina and he is a totally different animal. He is calm and much more relaxed. Sedated enough to be calm while riding, but still excited to get out for potty breaks. Once we are out of the car for good, he staggers around a bit for a while, but after a good night sleep he is his normal hyper self.
Date published: 2011-09-10
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Potent drug I have to travel with my cat who has severe anxiety with nausea and vomiting. He weighs 12 pounds. I gave him 5 mg (1/2 tab) & he was staggering in 15 minutes. Unable to even walk up the stairs after 5 hours. Next time will be 1/4 tab. Be careful with this medication.
Date published: 2011-08-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Scary Drug Bunny (10 yr old mixed breed, 33 lbs) refuses to let anyone trim her nails so the vet recommended Ace. Fortunately I read a couple dozen reviews here and knew to only give her a little bit. Vet recommended 25 mgs (one pill) but suggested I start with a half-pill (12.5 mg). I started with 1/8 (3mg) and Bunny was completely knocked out for five hours... but she still yanked her foot away every time I began to clip her nails. Now, at the 6-hour mark, she can sit up and drink water if I bring it to her, but that's about it. I think she'll come out of it OK but I still wasn't able to clip her nails. I'm not brave enough to give her a heavier dose but it might work.
Date published: 2011-08-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent product! My vet recommended Ace for my 10 year old lab mix. We live in South Florida and have thunderstorms on an almost daily basis during the summer months. Without medication, my dog drools, pants, shakes, and hides in a corner. We give her the vet's recommended dosage about 30 minutes before a storm, and she is calm enough to not drool, shake, pant, etc., but she is not completely drugged to the point where she passes out. The medication wears off after 4-6 hours with no apparent side effects. Great product!
Date published: 2011-07-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Small Dog I have a 9 pound Yorkie and I gave him 1/4 of a 10mg tablet. This is the first time using this medication and I am trying it so I can see how he does. He does not like to ride in the car and we are planning a long trip soon. The medication started to work within 45 minutes and then he was just very sleepy and drowzy. He could not stand so he was just laying on my bed. I would recommend using the lowest dose first and see how the dog does. The prescription he had was 1/2 tablet but I only gave him 1/4 and I am glad I did.
Date published: 2011-07-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Thanks goodness I have a very hyper dog that both knees had to have surgery. "Rupture anterior cruciate ligament with a torn medial meniscus". Before and after surgery he has to be in his crate for 24/7. Without Acepromazine not sure how he could cope with being in that crate. Does not get out of his crate until around August. Yet Acpromazine does not slow him down when people come over or he is excite, other than that thank goodness he is sleeping . No side effect for this guy. Can't wait until he is back running around and off all of these meds that he has been taking since Jan. 2011
Date published: 2011-06-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome I used this on my Cat last night for the frist time. She is very non socail and dose not not like to fooled with at all I gave a half a tab and man I was actualy able to clip her nails. It took me nearly 5 years and A net with schrahes and A split thumb to even get to her carrer this one tiny pill was a wonder. She was so mello she diden't care that i was clipping her claws and they were getting supper long to. I live in hurcane prone state so if we have to leeve she will most defently get A half of this pill. Great Pill.
Date published: 2011-06-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Works great with the right dose My vet prescribed this for my dog before we took her to the beach, which is a 9 hour car ride. She had never been on that long of a trip, and on short trips she gets very nervous and pants and drools alot. My vet said to give 1/2 tablet (of the 25mg), and if it didn't work, I could give her the other half after a couple of hours. She weighs about 33 lbs. After reading some of the reviews here, I started getting nervous to give my dog this drug. Some of the side effects seemed very scary and not worth it to me. However, I also didn't want to see my dog be stressed out for 9 hours, which is also scary. So I decided to give her a 1/4 of a pill. I thought it probably wouldn't have any effect. Well, it turned out to work perfectly. Within an hour of starting our trip, she curled up and went to sleep. I had given her the pill about 30 minutes before we left. She slept for the majority of the trip, and when she was awake, she just sat there calmly. It was definitely effective even at that small of a dose. I'm so glad I didn't give her more, because I probably would have seen some of the effects others have seen. The pill had bascially worn off by the time we got there, about 9 hours later. She was back to her normal self. I would recommend this pill, but talk to your vet about first trying the absolute losest dose possible. Seems this is a pretty strong drug and takes very little to work. I'm sure every dog is different, but I would start with an extremely low dose, for us it was effective without having scary side effects.
Date published: 2011-06-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for flying I gave my 6 lb., 8 month old puppy Kaity 2.5 mg. (1/4 tab) of Acepromazine 20 minutes prior to her first airline flight. She slept on my lap throughout most of the flight and was calm during our layover. The flight attendants on Southwest were great, and the other passengers on our row fell in love with her. They couldn't believe a puppy could be so well behaved. She had no side effects from the medication and once the sedation wore off she was her old playful self.
Date published: 2011-06-13
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Scooby's reaction Scooby is a 20 pound indoor, 10 year old aggressive cat. I just found a vet I like and he prescribed Acepromazine. Usually, when vaccination time comes around the vet has either attempted to muzzle her, lampshade her or do a gas sedation. I hated taking her to the vet for this reason. We gave 25 mg to my cat for her visit to the vet. I was very happy with the product on the day of her visit, but later in the day she experienced uncomfortable side effects. Last night her third eyelids were covering her eyes a little and it seemed as if she couldn't see well. She seemed to breathe abnormal. Her walk was unsteady. Her eyes didn't start looking completely normal until this morning. She is just now getting back to normal. Finally lying on her back and able to relax. I felt terrible for her. Every cat reacts differently, I guess mine just had a hard time with it.
Date published: 2011-06-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from acepromazine Great! Vet said it wouldn't help that she wouldn't let me cut her nails but it worked. 25 lb beagle 1 pill 2 hrs before naiol cutting stilll didn;t like it but let me
Date published: 2011-06-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from POWERFUL STUFF Our vet prescribed 2, yes 2, of the 25 mg tablets for our 45 lb. dog. He did say that I may not need to give him the full 50 mgs at first. When we got home I gave him 1 of the tablets. He slept for 28 hours STRAIGHT! He got up once to drink. He didn't even ask to go outside to take care of business. The next time I only gave him 1/2 and that did the job I expected. He was lethargic, and lazy. Slept alot for about 12 hours and then was back to normal. I gave my mom a few for her dog to use around the 4th of July. She gives her 55 lb. shepherd 1/2 of the 25 mgs and she's pleased with the result.
Date published: 2011-05-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Acepromazine Works well, but like others if it's a severe storm, or last a long while, I often find I have to give my dog at least a 1/2 pill extra (we get the 10mg) to truly calm her. But really helps knock her out during storms, fireworks, etc. with no nasty side effects.
Date published: 2011-03-29
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