Maybe a horse kicked him.
Maybe he got his leg caught in a door.
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Prozac for poodles?
What if your dog or cat seems depressed or starts peeing on the pillowcases?
There’s a treatment for a pet’s mental illness, too — and it’s not very expensive, according to Dr. Ken Simmons of Simmons Veterinary Hospital in Lake Worth.
In 2007, the FDA approved Prozac, the antidepressant often prescribed to people, to treat “canine separation anxiety.” It’s one of many drugs now being prescribed by vets to treat behavior issues like aggression, anxiety, compulsive disorders like tail chasing and even bad bathroom behaviors.
Simmons says generic Prozac works well — and it’s no different than giving insulin to a pet that’s diabetic.
“Some animals get their seratonin locked up, and Prozac releases the seratonin,” says Simmons, who treats more dogs than cats with the drug. “Cats don’t tend to be bred for money. When man gets involved in creating pets in his own way, you see more medical issues, even bad mental health.”
And what if you’ve got an old dog who suddenly seems to have dementia? There’s a drug for that, too, Simmons says.
When his 13-year-old golden retriever Jessie started “acting daffy,” he gave her Anipryl, an anti-dementia drug for dogs that costs about $30 a month. “It makes a phenomenal difference.”