Not only is stress a problem with many Americans, it’s now affecting animals as well. The Food and Drug Administration approved antidepressants for dogs. One such antidepressant, Clomicalm, is designed specifically for dogs in helping them deal with separation anxiety. Of the over fifty-five million dogs in the United States, about 10 percent of them have this problem to some degree.
This drug is supposed to help calm dogs when they are left by themselves and hence eliminate such behaviors as excessive barking, destructive chewing, clawing, and uncontrollable urination. Specialists say dogs have a strong need to be around other animals or people and if they are left too long by themselves they begin to engage in destructive behavior. Clomicalm, at about $1 per pill, is being billed as a drug that will help dogs cope with the anxiety that can accompany aloneness.
I guess this information brings new meaning to the saying, “It’s a dog’s life.” But when they start approving antidepressants for dogs it’s time to reevaluate the lifestyles of their masters.
Too bad dogs can’t read, maybe they could be descripted some calming grace from God such as we can find in places like Psalm 23.