(Closed) Doggie Prozac? I’m not joking…serious question

posted 8 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2009

We had a cat that literally peed on everything.  EVERYTHING.  It was ruining all our belongings, even our house–he peed on the walls–and cat urine is an impossible smell to get out when it’s in your paint and the wood–not to mention that after about 6 months of this we were at our wits end because we wanted to sell that house.  So.  We spoke to the vet (the kitty was angry because of a new cat being introduced to the home) and the vet suggested kitty prozac.  It worked wonders.  Very small amounts, but very effective.  I know this is slightly different, since it’s a cat, not a dog, but I thought I should say that we have been there with a pet and it really worked for him.  Good luck!

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee

My dog was exactly like this (lab/chow mix) when I got him. He destroyed EVERYTHING when I wasn’t home. I kept him in a crate with WITH 40 ZIP TIES on it to keep it closed and he still learned how to break out of it. He destroyed so much of my property I don’t even want to add up the total.

Now he is 2.5-3 years old and he has stopped! I thought about giving him “calming” pills but never did and now he doesn’t need them. I don’t have any advice for you but just wanted to say I can sympathize with you because I have been there!

Post # 5
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2011

I am so sorry…

We had a little Shi-tzu. She passes away from old age 5 years ago. She was only 8lbs on a good day, but she also was a holy terror when left alone. We couldn’t crate her because she would work herself up into a frenzy of wet mess; it would mostly be water from her body. I would cry when she was crated because she wasn’t used to it and she would drive herself crazy. We only crated her twice. We tried to crate her because we had moved into an apartment and I had to work full time, so couldn’t spend all of my time with her like I used to. She was the sweetest little girl ever.

We tried to crate her because, she would also tear things apart. She destroyed blinds; actually tore them from the windows, she destroyed books, pillows, and anything else she could get her little teeth a hold of. It was quite stressful for both of us.

We ended up getting her put on valium, until we moved into a house where she had more room and was more comfortable, and I changed jobs and was able to work hours that allowed me to be home with her more often. We were eventually able to take her off the valium, but I think that was only because I eventually got to stay home with her all of the time.

Her hubby was perfectly calm through all of this and we never had any problems with him. He has also passed away; 3 years ago, but his personality was that as long as he got some play time with us, food and water, and pottied and walked, he really didn’t care about anything else.

Short of staying home with her or having someone else stay with her, I think your best bet is to ask the vet for some medication to help her. She and you will go crazy if you don’t.

Post # 6
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

My friend has a border collie that she put on prozac after she had a baby.  I don’t think it is okay.  A dog needs exercise.  I am not trying to be unsupportive, but a dog needs to run free (off leash) for at least an hour a day.  Maybe a fenced yard would be a better option? 

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee

@cbee: If you re-read the OP post she stated that she did keep her dog in a fenced yard

“We did – for the longest time – keep her in our fenced back yard, but again – if she finds something out there, she will destroy it. The amount of times we’ve come home to find our garbage can destroyed and garbage strewn everywhere…”

Post # 8
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Bumble bee

So sorry you are going through this.  You sound like a wonderful pet owner to be able to deal with so much!  Are there any doggy daycares in your area?

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I can’t help you with the doggie medication because I know nothing about that, but what about this: Would you be able to build a large chain link box/cage where she could be put in your backyard?  I have seen some people who have an area in their yard that has a high chain link fence (and roof in some cases), with a door or gate that can be locked shut.  Then she would still have room to move around and see what is happening outside the caged area but couldn’t get at anything else in the yard.  Some of the ones I have seen have been pretty large, but that would depend on how much space you have to use.  Just a thought to consider 🙂  I hope it works out for you!

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee

ohh I like @dance‘s idea! I found a link for what she is talking about but I’m sure you could go to home depot and build your own set-up!

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

@babyboo:  Yeah!  Something like that is exactly what I am talking about…I have seen lots of people use these – particularly with large dogs, and they have loved it!

Post # 12
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

We have a dog that’s on anti-anxiety meds. She was peeing ALL over the house and we had no idea what to do. She’s a lab mix and the sweetest dog. I got her at the SPCA and she’s around 4 years old and we think she was abused by her previous owners. Anyway, the anxiety meds calm her down and she’s stopped peeing on everything.

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

My BBF’s Lab was on doggie prozac.  She would jog him 2 hours a day and he never seemed to get tired. The instand he was left alone he would just tear around and destroy everything in sight.  The prozac calmed him down so much, he was like a new dog.

Post # 14
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Sugar bee

I think since you are exercising your dog and it still not helping, you should definitely do it.  Do you or your husband walk the dog in the morning? Maybe you could go out and make the dog run around some (expend more energy) in the morning?

Although, if it’s anxiety, I don’t know how much exercise will help.

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Although I can not relate to your exact problem we have a very high strung 4 year old Lhasa mix. She is crippled with fear at storms, loud noises (fireworks, cars backfiring), etc. she pants excessively, runs from room to room, barks, scratches, and so on. She was prescribed Acepromazine which is a tranquilizer and acts, I am told, in a manner similar to Prozac.

When is completely calm on the Acepromazine and sleeps through anything but she is obviously drugged. I feel terrible that we have to medicate her and would be worried about doing it on a daily basis but it is for her own good (ie she doesn’t hyperventilate, have a heart attack, hurt herself). I would definitely discuss is with your vet and try to use the least amount possible that is still effective for your dog. We found through trial and error that our dog needs now where near the 1.5 pills perscribed to her but can be just fine with 1/2 pill if she is already upset and 1/4 if we are proactive about impending weather/noises.

Best of luck!

Post # 16
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Buzzing bee

My dog isn’t on doggie prozac, but if it’s between trying that or getting rid of your dog, then I would at least give it a try! Like some PPs have said, your dog will probably grow out of the destruction phase, so you just need something to get you through the next year or two.

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