Humans aren't the only ones to live hectic lives, as dogs also can be vulnerable to a fair share of stress. In the case of separation anxiety, dogs develop a dysfunctional attachment to their owners and get overwhelmingly anxious when left alone. When behavior modification doesn't seem to work as desired, a prescription drug known as Clomicalm can lend a helping hand for various doggy behavioral problems.
Also known by its generic name clomipramine, Clomicalm belongs to a class of drugs known as tricyclic antidepressants. These types of drugs work by increasing the dog's levels of serotonin and norepinephrin, two neurotransmitters found in the central nervous system. Along with behavior modification, Clomicalm aids the dog in learning new, more acceptable behaviors.
Clomicalm is commonly prescribed to dogs over 6 months of age suffering from separation anxiety. Inappropriate elimination, destructive behavior and relentless barking can be reduced with the use of this drug. This medication is not meant to work alone, but must be used along with behavior modification.
The efficacy of Clomicalm tablets was tested in clinical trials by observing client-owned dogs. The trials revealed that when given at a dosage of 0.9 to 1.8 milligram per pound per day, Clomicalm along with behavior modification helped attain faster and better results when compared to the use of behavior modification alone.
Adrienne Farricelli has been writing for magazines, books and online publications since 2005. She specializes in canine topics, previously working for the American Animal Hospital Association and receiving certification from the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers. Her articles have appeared in "USA Today," "The APDT Chronicle of the Dog" and "Every Dog Magazine." She also contributed a chapter in the book " Puppy Socialization - An Insider's Guide to Dog Behavioral Fitness" by Caryl Wolff.