Puppies on Prozac

Most people support the medication of mentally ill adults. Parents may be a little more reluctant to accept the idea of medicating a child with signs of depression or anxiety.

Medicating the family dog, however, may be a stretch for most pet owners.

Recently, veterinarians have been diagnosing troubled pups with mood disorders similar to humans. According to the ASPCA website, animals may suffer from emotional issues such as compulsive behavior, separation anxiety, general timidity, or even a tendency toward “excessive licking”.

These mental illnesses may be treated with a variety of drugs normally used for treating people suffering from psychological disorders like anxiety, depression, or OCD.

For dogs suffering from a tendency toward sudden panic, which may be marked with trembling, pupil dilation or excessive panting, low or moderate doses of Xanax or Valium may be prescribed. The medication has a calming effect and reduces panic, but may cause perpetual sleepiness or hunger.

Canines who lean more toward general anxiety—meaning they are nervous in everyday situations, and don’t usually experience short-lived panic attacks—may be treated with animal versions of serotonin re-uptake inhibitors such as Zoloft or Prozac. These medicines may be harmful to the animal’s kidneys or liver, so any preexisting issues should be discussed at length with the veterinarian.

Once the pet has been prescribed a drug, owners should come up with a strategy for feeding it to him or her. Often, dogs hate taking pills. In fact, some pups may even avoid their owner at length to avoid taking their medication.

In order to avoid this issue, most pet owners resort to hiding the pills in food. Small pills may be shoved in a chunk of cheese, hidden in a meatball, or even pulverized and mixed into a spoonful of yogurt.

If you have noticed a behavioral problem in your pup, a Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist may be able to assist you in finding a solution.

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