I have just been catching up with the Prozac for dogs articles in the media and on other blogs. I cannot believe what I am reading. Someone suggested it was the beginning of the apocalypse and I agree with this person. What is wrong with our society? American society I should say because that’s where Eli Lilly have just won approval to sell its blockbuster antidepressant. Eli Lilly is not manufacturing this drug for the good of dogs but to further increase their multimillion business. Remember Prozac is Lilly’s most lucrative medicine. People are so gullible, so dumb and often so brainwashed to think that a pill will take away all ill. Humans can be treated in the first place in which ever way they choose. Traditional medicine or any type of alternative medicine or therapies ranging from homeopathy to spiritual healing, freeing charkas, reading tea leaves, magic diets, Gregorian chants and the list is endless if you search on the internet. But dogs do not have this choice and are utterly dependent on their owners.
Only the other day I was contacted by a lady who had a problem with her dog. She was an 80 year old grandmother whose children had bought her a Neapolitan Mastiff. The dog was only 7 months old but was showing signs of aggression towards her grandchildren when they came to visit. Rule number one: do not give a dog as a gift to someone especially if this dog is not an appropriate breed. This really gets my goat.
Dogs are not cuddly toys, they are not a furry baby human, they are not a fashion accessory. They are animals. Pack animals at that and they live according to certain rules. Most humans who buy a dog do not know these rules and most behavioural problems are due to man’s ignorance. A dog when he arrives in a human family as a puppy does not know anything and needs to be guided to become an obedient and a nice balanced creature. A dog needs attention, exercise, proper handling and training.
A few rules: do not buy a dog if you work from 8 till 8. Reconsider having a dog if you live in a small apartment without easy access to a park or forest. Dogs do not take exercise in shopping malls! Go to dog training classes and start as soon as you get the dog. Give your dog attention; this does not mean you have to cuddle it all day long or it sleeps on your bed or you give it treats or you pamper it like a doll. Dog training is easy but it takes time and effort and patience but if you do it properly and become a responsible owner your dog will not need Prozac. I can guarantee it.
I have recently helped Belle with homeopathic remedies. She was suffering from separation anxiety.