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J Am Vet Med Assoc. 1996 Nov 1;209(9):1585-7.

Use of fluoxetine to treat dominance aggression in dogs.

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School of Veterinary Medicine, Tufts University, North Grafton, MA 01536, USA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To evaluate fluoxetine for the treatment of owner-directed dominance aggression in dogs.

DESIGN:

Prospective study.

ANIMALS:

9 dogs of various breeds, ages, and either sex determined to have owner-directed dominance aggression.

PROCEDURE:

Placebo and fluoxetine (1 mg/kg of body weight) were compared for the treatment of owner-directed dominance aggression in a single-blind crossover study. Owners were instructed to record aggressive and nonaggressive responses of their dogs daily on a canine-overt aggression chart for the 5-week duration of the study. Total aggression scores (linear and geometric) were calculated for each week of the study. The frequency of individual responses was also analyzed independently.

RESULTS:

Fluoxetine resulted in a significant (P = 0.01) reduction in owner-directed dominance aggression after 3 weeks of treatment. No particular aggressive response accounted for the overall reduction in aggression.

CLINICAL IMPLICATIONS:

Fluoxetine may be useful in the management of dominance aggression in dogs.

PMID:
8899022
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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