Pets and Prescriptions, the Prozac Poodle

My two friends have the cutest dogs I have ever seen. One of the dogs has a real problem with fireworks and thunderstorms. He runs and hides behind the bathroom door with the saddess look on his face. While the other puppy seems unphased, he just is paralyzed with fear.
What most people do not realize, is that this anxiety that the dog feels can be relieved just like with humans. All you need is a little help from prescription drugs.

Alprazolam (Xanax) and Diazepam (valium) are two anti-anxiety drugs commonly prescribed to pets. Most vets feel that Xanax works better than the Valium. A small dosage can go a very long way when it comes to this medication. When given a half hour before a thunderstorm (or fireworks) the dog is much more calm and relaxed. Not only will you not have a headache, but your dog will be much more comfortable. Another option is Buspar, which can also be used for a pet’s anxiety and fear. Although this has not shown to be as successful as Xanax, each dog responds to the drugs differently.

A drug that has come a long way in pets is Prozac. The groundbreaking anti-depressant is now given to all types of animals, including those in zoos. With an inexpensive generic available, it is a great option for people to rectify anxiety and aggression problems in pets. Though the number of animals taking Prozac is relatively unknown, a study found that on average $15 million dollars is spent on various medications for behavior treatment in pets annually. If it makes you and your pet happy, it’s worth it.

First Aid Kit For Man’s Best Friend(s)

Poison Control Center’s phone number
Hydrogen peroxide (3%)
Nonstick bandages to protect wounds or control bleeding
Towels and cloth
Medical tape for bandages
Gauze to dress wounds
Milk of Magnesia
Activated charcoal to absorb poison
Dropper for oral treatments
Muzzle

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