Any experience with doggy prozac?

posted 3 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
462 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

My dog is on phenobarbital for seizures, but before he got put on that, we gave him some doggy xanax (not sure of the name, sorry!). He is pretty skittish, and could throw himself into a seizure if something started to fall (I mean, even if like.. a pillow would fall from the bed and he caught it out of the corner of his eye). He was really bad with anxiety during thunderstorms. The doggy xanax helped him out a lot before he started having more seizures and before we put him on pheno. We still give him some for thunderstorms if he gets really anxious and we know they will be bad or last a long time. It mellows him out and just makes him normal/sometimes sleepy. Hope your doggy gets better with time! I’m glad you’re willing to keep working with him 🙂

Post # 4
1019 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Your dog sounds a lot like one of mine (seperation anxiety, and one single beep from the smoke alarm will throw him into a panting, shivering, salivating frenzy). We tried prozac for the seperation anxiety and it didn’t help. It’s different for every dog, so I wouldn’t rule it out, but it does take 6 weeks to take effect which still wouldn’t take care of the barking during the meantime.

When we lived in an apartment we got complaints from a neighbor that he was barking during the day. We ended up getting a lemon collar for him that we only used when we left him alone. It’s basically just a collar that squirts citronella anytime he barks. It’s not cruel (in my opinion), they just don’t like the smell of it. It was the ONLY thing that kept him from barking compulsively when he was left alone during the day. Here is a link to it:

We exercise him a lot – take him on runs or long walks – and there’s a noticable difference in his behavior when we do that. We don’t make a big deal of coming home. He’ll run up and jump on us and we just ignore him for 5 minutes until he calms down. He’s crate trained and actually likes going in his crate now for comfort (it used to send him over the edge). He’s still not perfect but he’s come a long way in the few years we’ve had him. Good luck!


Post # 5
901 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013 - Rock Hill Country Club, Manorville NY

One of my dogs HAD separation anxiety for the first few months we had him. It’s pretty much better. But what has gotten worse is his fear of strangers, which can excalate into aggression.

We tried fluoxotine for about a year. It definitely took the edge off, but recently I wanted to try something stronger since he was still having some major issues with “strangers” in the house.

I may go back to the prozac though because his overvigilance with everything going on outside of the house is getting worse. We are going to continue with this new med. It’s called amitryptiline (sp?). I’ve heard it is often perscribed to dogs with S.A.

The fluoxotine, at Walmart (capsules) are only $4 which is great. But you will most likely need a script every month. If your vet prescribes it for your dog, be sure he/she writes a script for the capsules, and not the tablet. The tablets are $80.

The new med is $10 at our local pharmacy. Not sure if it would be a $4 med at Walmart.

I would definitely suggest it, but you may also want to shop around for a new vet. Our vet is one in a million. After your first few visits, she stops charging the office fee. She realizes people don’t WANT to spend $75 on nonsense, so she doesn’t waste our time or money. She’s even my facebook friend, and I was able to consult with her recently about changing his med without having to go into the office. Since she knows my dog, she just called in the script for something else.

Before I end my post, I want to recommend melatonin, which is sold OTC. We gave it to Bruford, along with his regular meds on Thanksgiving and he was really really good. Something else that has helped him is getting a second dog, but that’s not an option for everybody.

Good luck!


Post # 6
1349 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

@SarahTee:  Our vet had us put our old dog (she has since passed away) on prozac.  It was a temporary thing, it was meant to help her feel better (she had a lot of fear issues) and learn to feel okay and then we weaned her off.  It helped her a lot I think. We still gave her xanax for thunderstorms and fireworks but overall she was much happier.  We also used a thundercoat for anytime she got anxious and that worked wonders!!  My vet told me that some dogs are just more sensitive than others, very similar to people.  My dog was just a very sensitive and gentle soul.  

Post # 7
6985 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I have no experience with this myself, but I’ve followed this blog for a while and the older posts might be helpful. She did extensive behavioral training and medication for her dog.

Post # 9
167 posts
Blushing bee

Oh man, I have definitely been in your shoes. My rescue dog suffered from terrible separation anxiety, and I honestly thought for a while that FI and I would never be able to resume a normal life and just go out to eat, go to the store together, etc.We were also worried about FI getting kicked out of his apartment because of our dog whining and screaming and disturbing the neighbors.

We tried many of the things you listed (Thundershirt, calming pheromones) and some others (calming treats, covering his crate with a blanket, playing the radio or soft music), and nothing seemed to make a difference. We had him on a low dose of Prozac for about five months and never saw any kind of difference in him.

The main thing that helped our dog was just time.  We have now had him for a full year, and we saw the biggest improvement over the summer when we moved into a townhome together (this was approx. 9-10 months after we adopted him).  Over the plast few months, we’ve been able to go to the movies, go shopping together, take a few daytrips… it’s amazing. I honestly thought the dog would never relax enough for us to do this. Whereas he used to shake and scream and cry when we put him in his crate, now he literally walks in on his own and lays down with his blanket. We make sure to reward him with treats to eat in his crate when he goes in willingly. At the height of his anxiety, he would refuse to eat the treats until we came home, but now he eats them happily. Another thing that helped was moving where we crated him when we weren’t home. We initially had his crate in the kitchen (thinking if he peed, at least it would go on the linoleum instead of carpet, lol), but he HATED the kitchen for some unknown reason. When we started crating him in our bedroom, we saw an immediate difference. He’s only allowed in our bedroom when we’re sleeping, so I think maybe he associates his crate being in the bedroom as being a time to rest and nap.

I know this was an incredibly long response, but I just wanted you to know you’re not alone in this situation. I know how frustrating it can be.  Keep trying different things and I really hope that with time he will get better. I have heard of others who have had success with Prozac with their dogs, but it didn’t personally work for mine. It may be worth a try with yours, or else the melatonin that others have suggested.

Post # 10
4440 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Have you heard of the Thunder Shirt? I’d give that a try before the medicine..

Post # 11
342 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

When I first got my dog I had to put him on Reconcile.  He’s a rescue and has bad separation anxiety and I was getting complaints from neighbors about his barking.  I feel like it helped a bit – he was definitely calmer and the destrcution lessened while he was on his meds. I had to practice “leaving calmly” while he was on the mds. I took him off because he wasn’t eating.  His axiety is much more manageable now but I’m not sure that’s attributable to the pills – honestly, taking him to doggie daycare for a few days a week seemed to really improve the situation.  It’s like he realized he was okay with out me?  I’m not sure.  I have to stick to a very strict “departure” routine or else he gets very upset.  Today I’m off work and have been in and out, putting him back in the bedroom with some food when I leave and it clearly upset him a great deal because I came back from the DMV and he had ripped up carpet in the bedroom and shredded the carpet padding!!!

Post # 12
333 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

I had to put my dog on it as well. I was in the same situation as you, I live in an apartment, my dog was treated horribly in the past, and I couldn’t leave for even 5 mins without him crying and trying to break down the door. he went on doggy Prozac for a few months and it helped immensely!!! It was a life changer. I was able to wean him off it after awhile and now he is cool as a cucumber. I highly recommend it along with consistent training for your sanity and your dogs. 

Post # 13
901 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013 - Rock Hill Country Club, Manorville NY

@Jilliebean1:  What did you do to help alleviate the SA? Or did it phase out as your dog settled? I’m hoping that, as Rocco adjusts to his new (safe and stable) life, that he will get better, but obviously I will need to work with him until then. I was JUST reading about melatonin, and was going to give it a shot soon! How much did you give him?


Well, when we first brought him home we lived in an apartment above DH’s brother and his GF, and I didn’t have a job yet in our new town. He was rarely home alone, but as a puppy, I would crate him when I took a shower and noticed his SA was pretty bad. I practiced by leaving the room with him crated and not returning until he stopped whining. It didn’t help so much. When I started working, my BIL and FSIL let us know about his crying. My FSIL was a diligent note taker, and would take note of how long he cried while we were at work. She noticed over time that he cried less and less. It basically worked itself out. I’ve bought special treats that he could only have when going into his crate, like a swizzle stick or hoof (both are gross, so it works out, he he loves them more than anything else). Tha may have helped, but I suspect that between the Prozac (which makes them lazier) and growing up (he’s 2 now) he just doesn’t mind his crate so much anymore.


Since moving, we haven’t had any issues with his SA other than him being very excited to see us when we come home, which is how most dogs are anyway. Now, when he sees us getting ready in the morning, he can anticipate it and will ask to go in his crate shortly before we’re ready to leave. I don’t think he minds it. (We still crate him while going out because we have a new dog and have to crate her. She’s a chewer. Plus he pees and poops in the house while we’re out, despite being perfectly housetrained while we’re home!)


I think I gave him 5mg of the Melatonin, but I’m not sure. I found out about dosage by googling it based on his weight, so I’m sure you could do the same.


Post # 14
2428 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Awww! I don’t really have any advice to give on this since you’ve tried the Thundershirt and that’s all I could recommend. But I just wanted to say that Rocco is lucky he has such a loving and caring mom like you! I hope you guys find a solution that works for everyone.

Post # 16
474 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 1993

I have a rescue dog that is on it for anxiety issues but the label clearly says it is for separation anxiety. The name brand of it is Reconcile.  It comes with a behavior modification plan.  He is better but he is still afraid of noises but that is just his brand of neurosis.   He now has the ability to make good decisions.


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