5 most popular life style drugs for dogs which pet owners must know

Lifestyle drugs are those which is used to treat troubled canines for depression, anxiety, bad behaviour and even obesity are being launched by pharmaceutical firms.

While you may not be familiar with canine separation anxiety, you are probably familiar with its symptoms. While you are gone, your dog may chew some important thing destructively,  bark or whine for a long time and irritate your neighbor, Inappropriate urination and/or defecation, Drool, Pace, Tremble, Vomit, etc.

Separation anxiety is a clinical condition in your dog’s brain. Your pet is not a bad dog. Your pet’s behavior is the result of separation anxiety.

Following are the list of some approved lifestyle drugs which may help dog owners to treat their best friends:


Popularly known as Pet Orozac, is a once daily, chewable beef-flavoured anti-depressant Prozac. When used with a training plan, it is supposed to relieve separation anxiety.

Reconcile™, approved by the FDA, helps manage separation anxiety and improves your pet’s receptivity to a simple training plan also called behavior modification.

More than half the dogs using it suffered from short-term side effects such as lethargy and depression.

The most common adverse reactions recorded during clinical trials with Reconcile™ were calm or lethargy, reduced appetite, vomiting, shaking, diarrhea, restlessness, excessive vocalization, aggression and, in infrequent cases, seizures.


About 14 per cent of American dogs suffer from “separation anxiety” – a fear of being left alone – and Clomicalm claims to deal with the barking and “destructive behaviour”. Its human equivalent is Anafranil, an anti-depressant.

CLOMICALM® (clomipramine hydrochloride) Tablets were the first medication approved for the treatment of separation anxiety in dogs.
CLOMICALM Tablets and behavior modification work by making it easier for your dog to learn new, positive behaviors.

CLOMICALM Tablets have been proven safe by clinical studies. They’ve been approved by the FDA*, which means they meet tough standards similar to human medicines.

the following adverse reactions have been reported: lethargy/depression, elevation in liver enzymes, vomiting, diarrhea, and increased thirst.

The world’s first canine anti-obesity pill. The makers say it works in the small intestine by preventing all the fat from being absorbed. And voilá, your dog will be the envy of all its canine counterparts.
It’s claimed to be the first FDA-approved prescription medication to manage obesity in dogs.
Unlike human weight-loss drugs, Slentrol is not associated with undesirable side effects such as oily discharges and excessive gas.

It’s not just humans who are living longer, but dogs are too – with the average age of an American dog now at 13. This new drug, also known as L-deprenyl, the identical drug prescribed to people with Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s, is used for Cushing’s Disease and Canine Cognitive Dysfunction.
It’s claimed to be the First and only product approved for the treatment of CDS. First and only product approved for control of uncomplicated PDH. No loading dose, induction phase or extensive endocrine monitoring required. No specific laboratory tests required for treatment.

Alprazolam (Xanax)

It is available on pet prescription to treat anxiety. It has been used to calm canine irritable bowel syndrome as well as “thunderstorm phobia”.

Side effects to XANAX Tablets, if they occur, are generally observed at the beginning of therapy and usually disappear upon continued medication. In the usual patient, the most frequent side effects are likely to be an extension of the pharmacological activity of alprazolam, eg, drowsiness or light-headedness.

However, as all the above drugs have some side effects, controversies and mixed reactions, dog owners must be very careful and should consult with vets and dog experts before using the drugs. if you experienced a serious reaction to any medical product, you are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website [www.fda.gov/medwatch/report/consumer/consumer.htm] or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
For information about a medical product, please call the FDA’s toll-free information line, 1-888-INFO-FDA (1-888-463-6332) Press 2, followed by 1 for information, then:

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