May 19, 2005


Stressed-out pets treated with Prozac (Armando D'Andrea, National Post, May 19th, 2005)

An increasing number of dogs and cats in Canada are suffering from obsessive-compulsive disorder and are being treated with such anti-depressants as Prozac, an Ontario veterinarian said.

Dr. Tim Zaharchuk estimated between 3% and 6% of dogs and cats in Canada suffer from this problem. He said pets can be as susceptible as their owners to stress and the disorders that result.

"Just as in our human world, as the world is geared up or revved up or becomes quicker and more fast-paced and more stressful, I think our pets' lives have become that way too, just by living with us," Dr. Zaharchuk said from his Brampton, Ont., animal clinic.

Behaviour exhibited by pets that suggest an obsessive-compulsive disorder includes excessive licking and grooming to the point of mutiliation, along with other incessant activities such as tail chasing, jaw snapping in the air at imaginary objects and "bum checking."

Bet if we let them marry and gave them condoms, all would be well.

Posted by Peter Burnet at May 19, 2005 4:12 PM

The truly amazing thing is the difference in the cost of the pills - which are supposedly identical to the ones prescribed to humans. My wife's dog (a red-nosed pit bull - female) has hyper sensitivity to lawn mowers. We've had her since 12 weeks and have no clue where this bizarre issue comes from. Now that spring has sprung and mowing season is upon us, at the vet's suggestion, she's trying the little pills on the dog. Hope it works.

Posted by: John Resnick at May 19, 2005 7:32 PM

And if they don't work on the dog, you can always just take 'em yourself.

Posted by: joe shropshire at May 19, 2005 8:20 PM

Joe: I wrote that and deleted it 3 times. But, you're right, it was a hanging curve ball.

Posted by: John Resnick at May 19, 2005 8:30 PM

And I'm a mistake hitter who never made it past single-A ball, so I thank you.

Posted by: joe shropshire at May 19, 2005 8:57 PM

The economy is what makes my little guy nervous. The cost of Science Diet just went up to $1 a can. That's $7 in dog money.

Posted by: bart at May 20, 2005 6:30 AM

Good God, Bart. That was witty, self-effacing and original. Is everything all right? :-)

Posted by: Peter B at May 20, 2005 8:17 AM