Pet behaviorist says Prozac may be the way to go, but our vet isn't so sure. Does anyone have experience with Prozac for dogs? I'd like some insight.
So, I had a certified dog behaviorist come in and assess my dog Brandy, whom I've asked questions about before
. And even though she's come a long way since we adopted her, and she's no longer going after the cat or barking at everything in sight, the behaviorist suggested that we talk to the vet about putting her on Prozac because she is still anxious in new situations and when confronted with new things. It's very difficult to train Brandy when she's anxious and/or fearful and that's the reason why we're considering it. Once she overcomes her anxiety and/or fearfulness she's very easily trained. Now, I don't expect her to be on Prozac for the rest of her life, but only until she gains enough confidence to not be as anxious when confronted with new things.
Well, today we did talk to our vet about putting her on Prozac and the vet wasn't very comfortable with the idea. He's giving us a recommendation for a veterinary pet behaviorist who has more experience with mood altering drugs. Now, I have no problems with mood altering drugs because I take them myself for bipolar, except I can totally monitor my moods and let my psychiatrist know when they're not working. It's a little different with dogs I think.
So anyway, my question is: Has anyone had experience with their dogs on Prozac, or with prescribing Prozac (or similar drugs) to pets? What are the pros and cons? Are there alternatives? We've started her on clicker training (she's overcome her fear of the clicker, which is good) and that's helping a little.