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Old 09-26-2009, 12:32 PM
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Default Prozac...anyone have experience?

Zoe has always been sensitive to loud noises, but now it seems to have escalated into a true phobia. Two weeks ago we had a thunder storm, which are very rare here. She freaked out and ran for several blocks before I could chase her down. Ever since then she has been very afraid outside. Any time I walk her she reacts to sounds that never bothered her before (some I can't even hear!) She shakes and pulls on the leash to go home. We tried tranquilizers during the 4th of July but they were ineffective. After talking to a trainer and our vet, we are going to put her on dog Prozac and try some desensitization training.

Does anyone have their dog on it? Can we just put her on it for a few months until she gets over this (which I pray she does) or might she need to be on it forever? Any side effects?

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Old 09-26-2009, 01:15 PM
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I tried Summer on Prozac and it was awful for her. It cured her issues but she became like a zombie. I took her off shortly after because it was so bad. For example she'd loved agility beforehand but we went to class while she was on prozac and walked the whole course. She just slept all day long.

On the other hand, I know people that it does work for.
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Old 09-26-2009, 01:31 PM
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In the beggining with kenya and her very shy and AHHH! RUN AWAY fear issues, the vet let us try prozac and it was horrible. same issue as laur, all kenya did was sleep all day. she didn't want to play or move and wasn't even excited about anything

it was like.. sleep, eat, sleep.

I took her off it. it was awful, yes, she was much calmer around new people, but she wasn't herself
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Thaoks for the responses. Can I ask you both- how long did you have your dogs on it before you decided to take them off? And, when you took them off it, did they return to their "old" selves?
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Old 09-26-2009, 06:03 PM
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Thaoks for the responses. Can I ask you both- how long did you have your dogs on it before you decided to take them off? And, when you took them off it, did they return to their "old" selves?
It took us 3 weeks, we thought the first week was just her adjusting... so we gave it 2 more weeks and we were like, no..enough is enough
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Old 09-26-2009, 01:59 PM
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I had Ruckus on prozac for noise phobia, extreme reactivity, and aggression. He was on it for 3 months and we could never tell he was on meds! We had to switch to amitriptyline (elavil) and it has worked like a charm.

I am in the same boat as you in that I do not want to give it forever. But with Ruckus it looks like a very real possibility that he will be on it for ever. I have forgotten once and he was horrible just from one day without it. On his meds he is a different dog for the better. I was worried about starting my dog on amitriptyline but i was so glad that i did. Amitriptyline is NOT approved for use in dogs, but it is one of the most common anti anxiety medications for dogs. The effects of it with the liver, etc are relatively unknown in dogs.
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Old 09-26-2009, 06:34 PM
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I just wanted to add what a miracle a drug like prozac/amitriptyline/etc can be.
Ruckus was NEVER seen wagging his tail his whole life. he had it tucked very low to the ground. When we put him on medication (he was about 1 1/2 at the time) his tail went up, it wags, and oh boy is it a pretty tail
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harv took it briefly as a last ditch attempt to calm some of the symptoms from his brain tumor (all night pacing type stuff). it didn't help, but i don't know that anything would have. i think the neurologist was just humoring me.

but prior to that he took clomipramine (generic clomicalm) for general noise phobia and specifically thunderstorm phobia. he also took xanax when it looked like a storm was coming. it worked great for him. he had no side-effects that i could tell, and he definitely felt better. the xanax took some tweaking to find the right dose (too much made him dopey, the right amount made him calm but not sleepy) but it absolutely helped his thunderstorm issues.
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I couldn't do it to her past a week. She was really visibly miserable so I pulled her off it. It took about a week and a half to get her back to 'normal'. I almost wonder if the dosage was just too high but I wouldn't do it to her again. Her SA is much more bearable now that she's not really ever alone.
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How much money do these drugs normally cost?
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