Prozac helping pets with anxiety

Prozac helping pets overcome anxiety
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CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - 1 1/2 year old Sammy is the love of David Holtz life.

David found Sammy, an English Bull Terrier and Pit Bull mix, at the local shelter four months ago.

"We brought her home and she was bright, well-trained, lovable and loyal," Holtz said.

David says the first day he went to work after bringing Sammy home is when he realized something was not quite right.

"I went upstairs she ripped planter blinds and dug a hole upstairs and dug another hole by the garage," Holtz said.

Sammy was diagnosed with having separation anxiety stress.

To sooth Sammy's anxious behavior, Dr. Michelle Mayers put Sammy on Prozac for pets.

"Anxiety is a common disease in animals. They get anxious like we do," Dr. Mayers said.

Dr. Mayers says some animals can be anxious not only from being separated from their owner, but thunderstorms and even bringing a new pet home can cause anxiety.

If your pet is being withdrawn, has a decrease in appetite and not socializing, Dr. Mayers says the medication can play a big role. Along with Prozac, natural remedies can be used as well to sooth your pet such as a thundershirt which wraps around the animal and mimics swaddling a baby.

David says the Prozac, along with training, has made a huge difference in Sammy's life for the good.

"She is far from where she was. There is a significant change," Holtz said.

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