Working on cases of hostility and stress can be gratifying. Nothing beats witnessing the bond between such a dog and his or her owner strengthen as both start trusting each other work productively together. It always gives me shivers to see a fearful animal blossom or an anxious dog learning to relax.
Working with behavior situations may be quite difficult and distressing at times, but nowhere is this more probable than when the topic of anxiety drugs is brought up. Other than the risks of punishment, this is perhaps the most common area where You encounter client opposition and misinformation. When You bring up the notion to see a veterinarian or professional behaviorist approach to consider taking medication their dog, completely rational folks become entirely illogical.
Assume your dog has been tested with hypothyroidism. This implies that his thyroid gland is not functioning properly. As a result, he is experiencing various symptoms (perhaps tiredness, weight gains or losses, poor temperature regulation, and epidermis difficulties, to name a few). The veterinarian has prescribed daily medication to help him maintain his thyroid levels. Would you hesitate to administer this prescription to him?
Assume your dog has been estimated to have diabetes. His body can no longer control his blood sugar levels. To control his blood glucose levels, the vet recommends insulin injections. Would you avoid giving him insulin injections?
What if your dog has a diagnosis of anxiety?
His brain structure is unbalanced as a result of a lack of serotonin. He is experiencing a range of symptoms resulting from this physical state, including hyperarousal, difficulty sleeping, restful sleep, impatience, and reassurance-seeking behavior. To enhance the quantity of serotonin in his brain, your veterinarian prescribes a Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor (SSRI). Would you hesitate to administer this medication to him?
Here’s the thing: worry is frequently accompanied by bodily symptoms.
The brain is a type of organ. As a result, it may develop improperly (in utero or due to early events), sustain physical damage, or malfunction. There is a precise chemical equilibrium that can be upset by genetics or the surroundings. We know that the brain of a puppy raised in a caring, ideal environment differs physiologically from the brain of a dog raised in a clean environment or subjected to traumatic or negligent inputs during development. We understand that the brains of nervous or aggressive creatures differ somewhat from normal animals in observable ways. This is not breaking news. This is a reality that has been verified time and again by thorough scientific research.
Other physical disorders are treated with a mix of lifestyle changes (treatment) and medicines. Extreme anxiety that affects a dog’s quality of life must be addressed similarly. Not treating a nervous dog because of personal beliefs about anxiety meds is as negligent as not medication your dog’s hypoglycemia or hypothyroidism. Serious heart arrhythmia can be treated by providing dog antidepressants and minimizing vigorous physical exercise. Serious symptoms anxiety is best treated with medication of drugs and behavioral therapy. In many circumstances, one or the other presented alone is insufficient.
So, why are many people opposed to giving their dogs medication for anxiety?
There is a significant cultural predisposition against anxiety. Anxiety is more difficult to diagnose because symptoms are less quantitative than, for instance, a kidney problem. A sizable proportion of the public firmly believes that anxiety doesn’t exist. This is both sad and destructive.
The brain has a tremendous power to recover itself and restore to equilibrium, which We believe contributes to med tolerance. True, there are numerous occasions where dogs do not require medicine, and only behavioral therapy will solve the problem. New brain pathways can be formed as a result of learning, and the issue of behavior may be resolved. This is why, while dealing with behavior issues, They rarely offer anti-anxiety drugs as the initial step. However, under medication is far more prevalent than over medication in this case. Most general practice doctors do not feel more comfortable providing dog anxiety medications. Because of this and client opposition, They see more dogs struggling for years until they get the care they require than dogs who don’t really need medication but are provided it nevertheless.
The basic line is that not every scenario necessitates medication for anxiety. Yet, in some circumstances, this is legal. Avoiding to consider medicine in these circumstances is as cruel and irresponsible as refusing to offer pain medicine to a dog with serious hip problems. If extreme anxiety or hostility affects your dog’s quality of life, you owe it to her to assist her. You owed it to her to talk to a platform veterinary behaviorist about if medicine could make it right.