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susanblatz65 posted:
I have an american bulldog that I rescued about a year ago. I need some advice he is the best natured dog while in doors. However, when I take him out doors he is terrified. I have talked to my regular vet about giving him some medication that will help him over come his fear of the out doors. Furthermore, he has done this every since I have had him. I am to the point now to come to terms with having him put to sleep. Is it fair to him to live in fear? Is there medication that I can request from my vet that may help him? He is very happy and a normal dog while indoors. Is there anything else I can do to help him over come this fear. He has pulled me down several times and has caused several injuries that have required surgery. Is it best to have him put down?
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wmatto83 responded:
I would say absolutely not to put him down. This is my opinion though I am not a professional. Just because the dog has a fear of something isn't a reason to put him down if he is happy indoors than guess what you have an indoor dog. There is meds you can get from your vet to help with anxiety for him. I have a dog that is afraid of thunderstorms and when we turn our faucets on in the house....other than that he is the happiest dog you can imagine I would never put him down cause of a fear. Talk to your vet. If he is a rescue them obviously something happened to him outdoors in his prior life when you rescue dogs you have to expect these certain fears to come along with them. If he is a healthy and happy dog otherwise there is no reason to put him down.
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Bonnie Beaver, BS, DVM, MS responded:
Wow, you are talking about some serious considerations. Dogs that were not raised with a variety of environmental experiences or ones that had very bad experiences when outdoors can be afraid to go out. There is no easy solution. The benzodiazepine drugs (like Valium) can help for a single occasion. The drugs that affect serotonin (like the veterinary drugs Reconcile (dog prozac) or Clomicalm) is helpful (not curative) and certainly worthwhile trying. For either of these drugs, it will take approximately 1 month before you see much difference and if you do see a difference, then it might get better during the 2nd month. I would suggest using the Reconcile for 2 months, you can try a generic version of prozac. Since the generics don't always work, I like to try the real things first to be sure there really is an effect. Your veterinarian can probably provide you more information about the drugs and how they work.

Good luck. I hate to see any animal put down for a behavior problem.


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