What do you do if your pet has acute anxiety or a compulsive behavior? Troubled animals like Frisbee, a mixed breed dog who started spinning wildly 10 to 12 times a day, or Dakota, the Springer Spaniel who grew increasingly aggressive, both benefited from Prozac, according to a report on ABC News.

Mood stabilizing and anti-anxiety drugs typically reserved for humans are being prescribed by veterinarians more often to treat pets with behavioral issues. ABC News reports pet parents spent $7 billion on Prozac and Zoloft last year – up 35% in the past four years.

In some instances, diet or lifestyle changes alone can do the trick. But in Frisbee’s case, her pet parents say it’s the only thing that’s really helped.

If your pet has a behavioral issue, talk to your veterinarian about possible treatments. In most states, our Level 3 and 4 plans can cover a consultation as well as medication to treat behavioral conditions. You can see the options available for your pet with a free quote. (Note that behavioral coverage is not yet available in all states.)

For more information, watch the full report “Prozac for Puppy? More American Pets are Prescribed Psychiatric Drugs” online at ABC News.

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