Increase Appetite and Energy and Reduce Stress With Melatonin
Senior dogs may exhibit increased stress and reduced appetite as they adapt to age-related conditions. Melatonin can help to reduce stress levels and encourage restful sleep. Melatonin may also help to increase appetite. Thankfully, Murphy hasn’t shown signs of stress, sleeps through the night and eats like he used to before dementia, but that is not the case with many dogs who suffer with dementia.
Potential side effects of melatonin
Side effects of melatonin are rare, but as a responsible pet owner here are some things to be aware of:
- Some melatonin supplements are known to contain xylitol which is toxic to dogs.
- The most common side effect from melatonin is drowsiness.
- Melatonin can also cause digestive problems, increased heart rate and insulin resistance in diabetic dogs.
- As with any new supplement, there’s a small chance of an allergic reaction with first time use.