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Could Anti-Allergy Drugs Be Causing Your Dog's Aggression?

By listendogtraining, Dec 18 2016 01:56PM

Dogs produce both Cortisol and Corticosterone; these hormones, produced by the adrenal gland have the effect of instigating a fight or flight survival mechanism, so they are often produced in response to the detection of escalating levels of adrenocorticotropic hormone, and the increased excitability or anxiety which this is linked to.

It could be that the dog is experiencing stress or pressure, be it psychological or physical, and so Cortisol and Corticosterone are produced as they reduce the sensation of pain – in terms of functionality, this would help to prepare the dog for a potential attack, which could be the cause of his stress.

However these also have a known anti-allergy quality, and are therefore commonly prescribed by vets for skin complaints. Whilst it would require very high doses to have an adverse affect on the behaviour of the dog being treated, it is worth questioning whether a dog is on any such prescription drug, in cases of sudden unexplained increases in aggression.

Generally speaking, it is always a good idea to get your dog checked over by a vet before you begin any program of behavioural modification, as there are indeed many medical conditions, unnoticed injuries, illnesses and prescription medications that can actually be the cause of your dog’s behavioural problem – especially in cases of sudden and unusual aggression.

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