|"Reconcile" comes with an arm's length of cautions and side effects|
In the morning Reub now greets us happily, but not with the insane joy and crazed desire for his breakfast that we saw 4 weeks ago. We do miss his enthusiasm in the mornings. At night he whines in his crate and sleeps lightly. It doesn't always look like "lowered anxiety" and I wonder if it is the same way with humans. This is a very widely prescribed drug, yet I don't know anyone to ask about it. People, after all, don't just walk up to you and say "Hi. I'm on Prozac. What would you like to know?"
|Reub joins me, uninvited, as I try to read the Sunday paper in the swing under the oak tree in our back yard. (John's photo)|
So it isn't all roses. However the doorbell no longer inspires him to go rigid with anxiety, and this is a very very good thing. We have had no re-occurrence of aggression towards people or dogs in the past 8 weeks. Of course we are very careful at all times, but still, this is good news. Next week, with our trainer, we begin a class called Intermediate Obedience: Distance, Distraction, and Duration. We will work on handling Reub, and he will be exposed to new dogs, and new experiences in a controlled environment. He stays on Prozac, and we hope that it continues to be a useful tool despite the drawbacks.
**Update: October 30, 2011** It has been five months since Reub started on Reconcile. He has in some ways returned to some of his joyous behaviors that disappeared during the first month of adjusting to this drug. Once again he springs about wildly, urging us to deliver his breakfast faster. He plays enthusiastically with his squeaky toys.
We're still very careful about keeping him on leash and avoiding situations where he might be aggressive. There have been no recurrences of aggression, and we think the drug has helped. I imagine some people have googled their way to this post...Please feel free to leave a comment if you have a question. (Your comment will appear after I've had a chance to read it.)
**Update: December 8, 2012**
Funny, when I went to the pharmacy to pick up the drug, they wondered "if you're the lady with the German Shepherd..." Ha! There's somebody else in town with a psycho dog! Kinda comforting.
**Update May 14, 2013**
A lot of people are googling into this post from nearly 2 years ago. We still have Reub; he's still on fluoxetine; he continues to improve. I should write about it again, but if you want the history behind Reub, here it is.