Medication for Aggressive Dogs

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Medication for aggressive dogs can sometimes be a good supplement to behavioral modification training, as some aggressive dogs simply need a bit more help through desensitization therapy. Research the different medications that can begin to help lower aggression in an animal with helpful information from an experienced veterinarian in this free video on pet care.

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Let's talk about medication for aggressive dogs. Now aggression in dogs can be quite severe and can be dangerous, and so you always have to be extremely careful if you're dealing with a dog that is aggressive. Now, aggression isn't always just a mental issue. Sometimes it can be physical, and so a diagnosis needs to be made from a veterinary clinic, to make sure that there isn't anything underlying, such as pain, that can cause aggression. So, once aggression as a behavioral issue is brought into play, then a medication can be potentially used for that. Now the most important thing to know is that medication is not a substitute for behavioral modification. All medications that are designed to help behavioral issues--aggression, separation anxiety, for instance--has to be used along with behavioral modification. Your veterinary clinic can help you, trainers can help you through that, but it's very important to know that you just can't give them medications. There are several medications that can be used in dogs. Some drugs, like Clomipramine, or Fluoxetine--which is Prozac--can be used through the direction of your veterinary clinic, but again you have to use behavioral modification for aggressive dogs. You have to use desensitization therapy, things like that, to change their brain, along with the medication, to make them better and make them less aggressive.


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