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Subject: puppy prozac
Date Posted: 2/3/2008 6:02 PM ET
Member Since: 10/1/2006
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i have an aussie mix who is about 8 years old and she has some mental issues. whenever anybody is here (especially kids) she is nervous and barks suddenly at times. she whines when there is someone in our home and tries to bite them when they walk out the door. she loves on them one minute and tries to bite the next. we think that she is bipolar. lol. whenever my husband is outside or she sees him coming to the door, she howls and still howls when he comes in and holds her. we have talked to our vet and they do make prozac for dogs, so we are trying to decide if we should medicate her. what do you think? this is a much loved family member and we love her dearly, we just want to protect ourselves from a lawsuit. our family will not bring small children over and we have to put a beware of dog signs at all doors.  i would appreciate any thoughts or suggestions.

Date Posted: 2/4/2008 7:34 PM ET
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I think you'd be better off in the long run finding a behaviorist to work with. Prozac may be useful, but it really and truly needs to be combined with behavioral modification. I'd call the vet and have them refer you to somebody. Prozac alone in this case is nothing more than a bandaid, and one that could be ripped off at any moment.

Date Posted: 2/6/2008 11:48 AM ET
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I'd favor finding a behaviorist also, but I know that at least in humans, the real psychiatric & behavioral advances have been pharmceutical.   A combination of both may work - like put her on the prozac and also work with her until you can taper it off.

There's a yahoo group "dogbehaviorscience" that may be able to give you some suggestions.   Another group "agbeh" for aggressive behavior may offer some insight as well.