With April Fools day less than 24 hours away, I thought I was reading a joke when Joseph handed me an article today about pets – and antidepressants. Yes folks, even the pooch isn’t immune to being labelled with some kind of mental disorder nowadays.
The article starts:
MENTAL illness in pets is on the rise, with an increasing number of animals being prescribed anti-depressant medications. Dr Gabrielle Carter, from the University of Melbourne’s Faculty of Veterinary Science, said she was seeing more animals with anxiety, depression and phobias.
“We’re diagnosing more animals with mental illness,” Dr Carter said. “The main mental distress would be some sort of anxiety. That probably underlies about 95 per cent of the problems. “There’s also many animals with separation anxiety, phobias and aggression.”… “We use a lot of drugs like Prozac and other anti-depressants and Valium,” Dr Carter said. “And we always prescribe behavioural treatment plans.”
Mentally ill cats and dogs taking anti-depressants March 30th, 2011
Now, I honestly mean no disrespect here, but what are these animals eating and how do they spend their time? Last time I looked, most pet food is laced with sugar and additives, and how many breeds of dog were actually bred to live in a small suburban backyard?