A Drug to Keep Anxious Dogs Calm

Sad DogThe drug companies are coming up with more drugs for your pet. Eli Lilly has entered into the pet prescription market by introducing Reconcile, a beef-flavored chewable tablet that helps with your dog’s separation anxiety. The medicine is supposed to be used in conjunction with behavior management training for dogs that have separation anxiety. The drug calms the pet down and is supposed to aid the training process. Lilly estimates that 10 million dogs suffer from separation anxiety.

5 Responses to “A Drug to Keep Anxious Dogs Calm”

  1. mal says:

    Before rushing out to buy this drug check out the background on it. Also note how they killed dogs to find out the highest tolerable level that could be used:

    http://www.fda.gov/cvm/FOI/141-272o011907.pdf

    This drug is merely a form of phenobarbital, which has some problems at higher levels causing kidney failure.

    Consider that there is already phenobarbital in pet foods, which is considered safe by the FDA:
    http://www.fda.gov/cvm/FOI/C2215_EA.pdf

    By combining drugs on several different levels the postential for serious problems is very possible.

    The interesting idea behind the develpment of this drug is that dogs are being treated for separation anxiety, which indeed gives them a status much closer to people than as “merely possessions”. I cannot remember the last time my car or house or furniture showed signs of separation anxiety. Can you??

  2. Puff says:

    Mal, did you read your own links? From the first one Renconcile is fluoxetine: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fluoxetine The phenobarbitol was given to one of the dogs having seizures in an attempt to save it (humans get seizures from AD meds too, but usually it isn’t deadly unless you’re driving at the time). Based on the info at crazymeds (best independent site with info on AD’s and others) http://www.crazymeds.org/prozac.html the doages seem rather steep, and it was nasty of them to trial 10x and then kill most of those dogs.

    Second link also has no phenobarbital in it, just http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Formaldehyde.
    Formaldehyde is nasty enough by its self, and I find it interesting that the wikipedia page mentions it in connection with melamine. But really, spreading random dis-information isn’t going to keep any more pets from being killed, and makes it easy to dismiss “internet rumors” as the rantings of deluded conspiracy theorists.

  3. mal says:

    Sorry about the wrong links being listed. These are the FDA reports on phenobarbital:

    http://www.fda.gov/cvm/FOI/DFappend.htm
    http://www.fda.gov/cvm/FOI/dfchart.htm
    http://www.fda.gov/cvm/Policy_.....report.doc

    This was a comment from the study on the use of fluoxetine in dogs:

    Conclusions: This study demonstrated that fluoxetine has a variable individual safety response and a narrow margin of safety, as one dog who received the equivalent of 0.87 mg/kg/day (0.43 times the maximum recommended RECONCILE chewable tablets dose of 2 mg/kg/day) experienced a seizure. Other adverse reactions may be observed at less than the minimum recommended dose of 1 mg/kg/day. Resolution of most of the adverse reactions, with the exception of decreased weight gain, was achieved by discontinuation of fluoxetine administration.

    My comment is that phenobarbital itself may present problems as stated above with the “margin of safety”. That in addition to the fact that phenobarbital exists in some degree in pet foods as stated by the FDA (although they consider it safe levels) could cause unknown reactions with the accumulated levels.

    This was not meant as “the rantings of deluded conspiracy theorists”. I merely posted the wrong links. I have gathered a lot of information in the last month and made a legitimate error in my posting.

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