Features July 2006 Issue

Understanding Behavior-Altering Drugs For Canine

Behavior-altering drugs can help dogs with phobias or anxiety disorders – but you have to learn which ones work best in each case.

Ten years ago, my dog Piglet woke me in the middle of the night, trembling violently and utterly terrified. It took me hours to track the source of her panic to a barely audible high-pitched beep that sounded once every two minutes, coming from a smoke alarm’s low battery indicator. Behavior-altering drugs can help dogs with phobias or anxiety disorders but you have to learn which ones work best in each case.

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