The medical insanity continues as more family pets are being prescribed anti-depressants and anti-anxiety medications, according to a report by Natural News on Friday.
A recent report by MyFoxNY.com explains that more pet owners are choosing to dope up their pets with calming meds in order to address behavioral issues rather than simply spend more time exercising and playing with them, which is what they really need.
New York City-based pet expert and trainer Andrea Arden is deeply concerned about this disturbing trend, which she says has seen a massive uptick within the past 10 years. The overall number of pet prescriptions being filled for dangerous mind-altering drugs like Prozac and Xanax, for instance, is simply staggering, and the root cause of the issue likely has nothing to do with pets themselves and everything to do with overly busy and even irresponsible pet owners.
Horses led the way to prescribing medicine for domestic animals. About 30 years ago, Dr. Nicholas Dodman, a pioneer in treating mental health of animals, said he and a colleague discovered they could treat compulsive behaviors with medicine known to change human brain chemistry. Dodman called it his "eureka moment."
Back in 2011, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) actually granted approval for a Prozac medication specifically designed for dogs. Drug giant Eli Lilly, in conjunction with Elanco, created a once-daily chewable Prozac drug known as Reconcile, which quells the nervousness and anxiety often experienced by dogs when their owners leave the house or are gone for long periods of time.
Good, old-fashioned training and regular exercise, on the other hand, are still the best options for addressing behavioral problems in pets. Just like with humans, throwing drugs at the problem will only create other problems in many cases, so it is important for pet owners to opt for drugs only as a last resort, and under the strict guidance of a trustworthy veterinarian.
Emily Sutherlin is also the Pregnancy Examiner.
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