Does Clomipramine Work on Fear-Aggressive Dogs?

by Jodi O'Connell Google
    Comipramine and behavioral modification can help fear aggression in dogs.

    Comipramine and behavioral modification can help fear aggression in dogs.

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    Dogs who are jumpy -- quick to snap, growl or bite when startled or confronted -- may have a condition known as fear aggression. Clomipramine is a tricyclic antidepressant drug. It is approved for dogs to help maintain adequate levels of seratonin in their brains. Adequate seratonin levels allow the dog to remain calm enough to be receptive to learning more suitable behavior.

    Effect of Medication Alone

    A study by the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital in California concluded that aggression levels decreased at similar levels in dogs given clomipramine and those given a placebo when there was no behavioral modification conducted during the time of the study. This means that the medication is not a magic bullet to change your dog's behavior. Although he will become less reactive after several weeks on the medication, you will need to provide training to help him cope with scary situations in a less aggressive manner.

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    A former world-class swimmer, Jodi O'Connell shares her love of adventure travel, extreme sports and pets through thousands of published articles. O'Connell studied journalism at Grand Canyon University, and brings professional experience raising farm animals, training mustangs and running a pet sitting service. She authors the blog, Traveling With Large Dogs.

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