Does My Dog Need Meds?
Updated: May 4
Clients often ask me if their anxious, fearful, or aggressive dog needs prescription medication to cope. Sometimes they ask about things like CBD, too. A vet or vet behaviorist is qualified to help clients make that decision, but I can provide data points to help them. I might make a list of body language and behavior I see in response to a list of triggers identified by the client. I might note how persistent and proportionate the response is to the provocation (see Suzanne Clothier's excellent article below about the 3 Ps!) I might take some videos to help the vet see what we see at home, too.
Here are some excellent resources you could use as you consider what's right for your dog:
I have witnessed the life-changing, life-saving effects of medication for dogs who need it, particularly when we find the right med at the right dose and give it time to work. If you have a dog experiencing fear, anxiety, and stress, especially if they are exhibiting aggressive behavior, I urge you to contact your vet to discuss options.