Can Dogs Eat Melatonin Gummies?

Although melatonin is safe for dogs, please do not give your dog human melatonin gummies. These gummies are made specifically for people and may contain xylitol.

Melatonin for dogs can be found in treats and melatonin supplements made specially for them. Now that we’ve cleared that up, let's continue!

Melatonin Gummies

What is melatonin? 

Melatonin is a naturally occurring hormone. It has the ability to help dogs in many ways, even helping with anxiety by promoting sleep.

But please, speak to your veterinarian before giving your dog medications or supplements. Especially if your dog is diabetic, pregnant, or is currently on other medications.

Melatonin for dogs

Melatonin is a hormone supplement that treats a number of conditions in all dog breeds. It is used to treat sleep and behavior disorders and even hair loss!

What happens if dogs eat melatonin?

If your dog has eaten melatonin, there may not be a big issue. It all depends on how much and the ingredients.

If the melatonin your dog consumed contains xylitol (gummies), contact your veterinarian immediately. They will provide further instructions and if you should induce vomiting. 

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What if my dog ate a bottle of melatonin?

Side effects are uncommon in normal doses but in large quantities, excessive melatonin in dogs may include sleepiness, weight gain, and changes in fertility.

Again, if your dog has consumed an entire bottle of melatonin we recommend you call your veterinarian immediately. 

My dog ate melatonin containing Xylitol

Without quick treatment, dogs have been known to die from exposure to xylitol.

If this is the case, we urge you to immediately contact your veterinarian. Especially, if your dog ingested a toxic dose of xylitol and whether or not it’s safe to induce vomiting at home.

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FAQs: Can dogs have melatonin gummies

How much melatonin is safe for dogs?

Even though melatonin is available over the counter, you should always confer with your veterinarian to determine the correct dosage. They may want you to use a specific prescription.

According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), melatonin is a safe supplement for your dog.

Melatonin has little risk for side effects when taken in the appropriate dose. The most common side effect is sleepiness through the next day.

However, please confirm that you are using melatonin free of fillers that could be harmful, like the sweetener xylitol, which can be harmful to dogs.

What does melatonin do for dogs?

Melatonin will mainly induce sleepiness but can also cause weight gain and, in rare cases, changes in fertility.

What brand of melatonin is safe for dogs?

Melatonin made specifically for dogs in treat and supplement form are ideal.

Please do not give your dog melatonin that is made and dosed for human consumption.

Remember, melatonin is a natural hormone, try our Xen Pets Calming Chews For Dogs as a natural herb alternative. 

What kind of melatonin is safe for dogs?

Melatonin designed specifically for dogs is much safer than a human alternative.

Are there safer options to improve my dog's sleep?

Yes, the best sleeping pills for dogs are made with natural herbs and ingredients to promote a healthy night's sleep. Unlike melatonin, natural sleep aids are not hormones and are generally safer to use. 

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