Prozac for the Pooch

Some years ago in a communications class I was selected to debate the use of drugs on dogs, particularly psychoactive drugs. I was to be in the pro position.

I was so convincing that the professor thought that was my actual belief. In reality I object to using psychoactive drugs on animals. We barely understand their function in human beings.

So now there’s news that Prozac has been approved for canids a class under which the common dog falls.

On the flip side, we’ve been drugging people into submission for decades. This includes kids being doped up on Ritalin, Prozac and any number of other drugs to control their behavior. So why not use them on fido? Because it’s just a way to stimulate sales in order to shore up the profits of pharmaceutical companies.

So if you feel you must, drug little fi-fi into oblivion.

5 thoughts on “Prozac for the Pooch

  1. I have a friend who has a Great Dane that is on prozac and valium. The dose is the same as for humans because he is so big. Without the drugs the dog is a basket case and chews up doorknobs in the matter of seconds.


    1. Well – in the case of the Great Dane – it’s all in how you bring them up that makes them basket cases. Most people don’t know how to treat a dog. It’s sad.

      1. False. There are genetics involved. I have a Dane who is well trained and was socialized in all the proper ways, never abused, taught boundaries, technically we did everything right. Despite it all she is terrified of anyone she doesn’t know and reactive on leash. In the house and with people she trusts she is amazing. We had trainers and behaviorists in, we do behavior mod training with little result. She just started Prozac in the hope that it will calm her down to the point where we can work with her. If you had a dog that you love and put tons of time and money into but it was terrified and out of fear behaving in a way that terrified others would you try everything or just give up? Shall I send her to a shelter with all the other dogs who people quit on to be euthanized? I think my dog is lucky that she ended up with me because I will do anything I can to help her and I understand that this is not her fault. Until you know the heartbreak of having a dog with problems you can’t fix SHUT YOUR MOUTH.

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