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Handling dog anxiety: does my dog need Prozac?
Dog Anxiety

Canine Anxiety

Apparently humans and canines have more in common than you might think. A research study at a university in Spain has discovered that aggressive dogs had much lower levels of seratonin in their blood than samples from non-aggressive dogs. Seratonin is the magic substance in the brain which regulates moods in people as well.

This is not the only study to have found these results. Could it be that some dogs would be much better off on anti-depressants? It’s certainly a better outcome than euthanasia, but can this be necessary? Personally, I believe that some people are definitely much better off on anti-depressants so why would I not feel the same way for dogs? Anxiety in dogs is definitely linked to aggression and dog aggression is pretty much the biggest canine behaviour problem. I guess my feeling is that the dogs involved would not be making the conscious choice to hop on the medication ride. This makes the decision less clear. While we can get pretty close to our canine friends, can we really be sure we know what they are thinking and feeling? On the other hand depression and anxiety are terrible things to live with day in and day out. If we can do something for our fuzzy friends, shouldn’t we do it? Please, feel free to comment and share your view. If you have a dog who has benefited from anti-depressants we’d love to hear about it.

Read more about: low seratonin and canine aggression.

If you have an aggressive or anxious dog and you’re not up for the medication route there are other options to try. One option is to try a Thundershirt Dog Anxiety Jacket.┬áIt’s a shirt that wraps around and compresses your dog with a gentle calming pressure. Sounds simple, but the results we’ve seen and heard about have been pretty remarkable. If you have any questions or want to have a chat about these just give me a call – 1300 725 781.

Thundershirt Dog Anxiety Jacket

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