Pet Medications for Anxiety
For most pets, spring is a welcome time. They are happy to be exploring outside after a long winter. But for animals that suffer with anxiety or aggression, spring means three things:
- Other animals that are out and about
- Busy owners who are often away from home
If a pet suffers from separation anxiety or behavioral issues like aggression or obsessive behaviors, a veterinarian can prescribe medications to help, along with recommending behavioral training methods.
Since anxiety-ridden animals are often deficient in serotonin, medications that help to balance the level of serotonin are often effective for correcting behavioral issues in dogs and cats. Fluoxetine increases serotonin in the central nervous system. This accumulation of serotonin can affect the part of the brain that helps with socializing, general awareness, coping abilities, and the ability to adapt. It can take four weeks to notice an improvement using fluoxetine.
Clomipramine (Clomicalm) is an antidepressant that increases serotonin to improve behavior; but since it is not a sedative, it does not affect the animal's demeanor.
Your veterinarian may try one of these medications as well as suggest behavioral modification techniques. Your pet doesn't have to suffer this spring. Check with your veterinarian if you think your pet suffers with anxiety, aggression, or obsessive behaviors.
Check out our pharmacy for your pet's prescription needs. If you have a question about a prescription item, call our experienced and knowledgeable Pet Care Pros at 800.786.4751.
- The Revival Pharmacy Team
The materials, information and answers provided through this website are not intended to replace the medical advice or services of your personal veterinarian or other pet health care professional. Consult your own veterinarian for answers to specific medical questions, including diagnosis, treatment, therapy or medical attention.