Shih Tzu News UK 30/10/05
Is your dog depressed and irritable?
Never fear, help may now be at hand: the US Food and Drug Administration has just approved two drugs to combat canine depression, separation anxiety and a doggie brain disease known as cognitive dysfunction syndrome.
The first drug is a meat flavoured pill called
Clomicalm, a derivative of the anti-depressant Anafranil, which is used to treat
obsessive-compulsive disorders in humans. According to the FDA, Clomicalm has proved
effective in clinical trials in reducing separation anxiety and the household messes that
arise from it.Up to 40 per cent of dogs suffer from separation anxiety, according to the
Clomicalm, which is made by a US subsidiary of the Swiss pharmaceutical company Novartis, will be prescribed for dogs of six months and older. Unfortunately the side-effects can include vomiting and diarrhoea.
The second drug, Anipryl,is based on the same
chemical as a common drug used by humans to combat Parkinson's disease. It will be
administered to older dogs who shows signs of being confused, nervous, stay awake all
night and lose control of their bowels.
The FDA said the drug made by Pfizer, was not a cure but was shown in 69 per cent of test cases to alleviate at least one of the symptoms of cognitive dysfunction syndrome.
BY ANDREW GUMBEL in Los Angeles
More details on the Novartis web site http://www.clomicalm.com/
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