Xanax made my dog go mad

Since it’s Friday (well here at least), here is a totally non-tech story about drug side affects and one of my dogs (called Maili).   Here she is in one of her hairier moments:

Maili is a beagle crossed with a fox terrier crossed with some sort of Rastafarian dog (don’t ask, we have no idea).

We like to keep her well groomed, so after a shave she looks more like this:

So it turns out Maili doesn’t like thunder storms:  she hides under the bed, she cowers, she becomes very clingy and won’t leave your side.  If you are sitting at a desk she will lie on your feet.

Recently this has gotten worse, so we took her to the vet, who prescribed Xanax, a drug that helps with anxiety.  We tried it once and it seemed to work, she was definitely calmer.

Last night in Melbourne we had a fairly violent thunder storm, so we immediately gave some Xanax to Maili to help calm her nerves.

The result was not what we expected (or had seen before):  Maili went nuts.

She ran around the garden barking crazy style, she tried to break into the kitchen cupboards and any bags left on the floor, she tore all the clothes off the clothes line and attacked an old bone she has ignored for months, growling and barking at it.    The thunder storm was no longer an issue for her!

This morning Maili has returned to normal (thankfully) but it certainly made for an eventful evening.   It was a great example of those potential side affects they list on the packet, but which you never quite think will happen.

Have a good weekend.


About Anthony Vandewerdt

I am an IT Professional who lives and works in Melbourne Australia. This blog is totally my own work. It does not represent the views of any corporation. Constructive and useful comments are very very welcome.
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8 Responses to Xanax made my dog go mad

  1. Jack G. Arnold says:

    I would have thought the proper term to use in your part of the world would be “Xanax made my dog go bonkers”.

  2. Suad says:

    It just goes to show the potential problems when introducing a new software solution without proper planning/analysis :-D

    Time to think about the services of a dog whisperer (or qualified solutions architect)

  3. Nick says:

    I guess this also happen with humans as well. Very scary indeed, Good luck to both of you. :)

  4. richswain says:

    at least your dog doesnt talk yet

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