We have all seen dogs that we think may be a “bit off”. Some dogs bark at the air, some chase their tails, some bark or growl at their food bowl. These are all things that make for great Youtube dog videos. While we may be laughing, most of us do not think the dog has a real issue, they are just a bit goofy. We love them and accept their “uniqueness”.
Low and behold…it seems that some people are now taking their crazy dogs to a type of “doggy psychiatrist” (Dr. Nicholas Dodman). Americans are spending huge amounts of money to have their animals prescribed pills like Prozac and Zoloft. No, I am not kidding.
Just watch this Pets on Psychiatric Drugs Video that aired on Nightline.
Dr. Nicholas Dodman maybe the founder of the Animal Behavior Center at Tufts University near in North Grafton, Mass., yet I still don’t know if I would trust him if he wanted to put one of my dogs on dangerous drugs. I am not sure these drugs have even been tested to help animals. The only animal testing most pharmaceutical companies do…leave the animal dead or suffering.
In fact, we have a little dog that I am SURE has some kind of mental problems, but we just deal with her wacky ways.
Would you ever put any of your animals on drugs like Prozac?
Does your pet have a “disorder” that could be diagnosed as needing a psychiatrist?
Do you think people should just let their pets have crazy habits if they do not seem harmful or should we expect animals to fin into more “normal” human behavior?