Recognizing the symptoms of anxiety, fear, stress, and depression will help you keep your dog happy and relaxed. Understanding the symptoms allows us to intervene at an earlier stage, and to address these problems with veterinarians and behaviorists.
This article will show you how CBD may be used as an alternative to fluoxetine, and that it may be beneficial in helping canine depression, fear aggression, anxiety, separation anxiety, and more! That said, combining both CBD and doggie Prozac may depress the cardiac/respiratory system, and you’ll need to consult with your veterinarian before doing so.
Dogs don’t grow out of fear or depression. You’ll need to step in and help! The first thing to know is that you’ll need to make use of multi modal approaches and begin by helping your furry best friend relax.
Behavior modification, counter conditioning, as well as desensitization help will fear, but when your pooch is depressed, your veterinarian may recommend fluoxetine or doggie Prozac to help. This has proven to be very helpful with depression, and other behavioral issues in dogs.
That said, today CBD is trending as a natural supplement. Cannabinoids interact with the endocannabinoid receptors in dogs, which in turn helps to maintain homeostasis. If you’re considering using CBD on your dog instead of fluoxetine, you’ll need to consult with your veterinarian first for the best advice!
According toVeterinary Practice News, “Fluoxetine is a selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitor (SSRI). That is to say, it delays re-absorption of serotonin into presynaptic nerve endings following its release by blocking the reuptake mechanism. This causes serotonin to persist for longer and thus enhances its effects,” Dr. Nicholas Dodman, BVMS, Dipl. ACVB,via Veterinary Practice News.
Dr. Dodman also goes on to add that fluoxetine also has two other actions. “Two other actions of fluoxetine, as opposed to other SSRIs, are that it is a potent 5-HT2C antagonist and a sigma-1 receptor agonist. Overactivity of 5-HT2C contributes to anxiety and depression so antagonism of these receptors may be advantageous. The sigma receptor agonist action may also be beneficial in some instances in producing antidepressant-like effects.”
“Another purported action of fluoxetine and other SSRIs is to stimulate neurogenesis (maturation of progenitor neurons) in the dentate gyrus of the hippocampus. In this way, SSRIs may act like Miracle-Gro for the brain. This effect takes time and may be responsible for the longish delay before SSRIs attain their peak effects.”