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Worried about Poptart

Cocoa

Okay, so our Chihuahua mix, Poptart started taking puppy Prozac (fluoxetine) a couple of days ago, and he’s been acting funny today. Our Corgi mix, Cocoa has been taking it for a couple of months, and he’s been fine on it, which is why I figured we’d try it with Poptart. I know, I know, every dog is different, but they’ve all been through a lot these last couple of years, and Poptart has been super aggressive towards Mister, the cat, lately, so I figured we would try this until everything calms down. Honestly, his hyper-aggression is setting everyone on edge, and I’m on my last nerve about it. I’ve tried everything I can think of to calm him down, but nothing I’ve tried has worked. Mister is super skittish because whenever he so much as twitches, Poptart bull-rushes him, I’m jumpy because every time I turn around it’s yap-yap-yap growl growl growl, and whenever Poptart goes after the cat, Brandy gets all worked up and it’s just… exhausting. It doesn’t help that Mister is your usual asshole cat and totally instigates some of the scuffles. Anyway, I figured puppy Prozac is a way to calm Poptart down for a little while until I can teach him to stop hyper focusing on Mister whenever he walks into the room. Poptart and Mister never got along under the best of circumstances, but they at least used to be able to exist in the same space. And like I said, it’s been working pretty well with Cocoa. We put Cocoa on it because, well, he was (and I know this sounds trivial but trust me, it’s not when you’re living through it) whining all of the time. Like from the time he woke up until he went to bed it was whine, whine, whine. We took him to the vet and there’s nothing physically wrong with him, but he just. kept. whining. Like he would just stare at us and… whine. It was totally disconcerting. We put him on the puppy prozac and boom! no more whining. It was like we flipped a switch. Now he seems to be a happy pupper. I don’t plan on keeping either dog on it for too long, just until they figure out that we’re not moving again and settle down into their space. Either way, Poptart has been acting kind of loopy today, and it could be totally be a side effect of the meds. I looked it up and loopiness is a side effect.

Poptart with milky eyes (from last September)

However, it could be that there’s something amiss with his vision, because the thing is, he’s other than just being loopy, he’s totally having trouble getting on and staying on the furniture. And this is furniture he gets on all day, every day. Like he’ll make the jump, then fall right off. It’s like he doesn’t see the edge of where he’s standing. He even fell off the ramp up to the couch, just tumbled right off the side of it. His left eye is milky, and it’s been getting milkier for a while now. He’s had milky eyes before (see picture) but when that happened it didn’t really seem to affect his vision at all. Now it’s like he’s lost all depth perception. The stool that he likes to sit/sleep on most of the day isn’t that high off of the ground, and it’s certainly big enough to accommodate him, but he’s slipped off of it several times today. Right now, I think he’s given up even trying to get on the furniture. There are plenty of pet beds on the floor for him to use, dear reader, don’t you worry about that. He’s eating fine and doesn’t seem to be in any other distress. But I’m calling the vet tomorrow morning first thing to see if this is something I need to be overly concerned about.

Anyway, just thought I’d get that off my chest. I’m sure it’s fine. Worse case scenario, we take him off the puppy Prozac and put up with a hyper aggressive dog for the rest of his days. I’m pretty sure he’s eleven? I think? Maybe ten? He’s getting up there. They’re all the same age. So let’s see, Brandy was two when we adopted her, and that was nine years ago, so yeah… eleven. See, I can do basic math! That’s if I’m getting my years right, which I’m not very good at. But Doug will totally correct me if I’m wrong. Either way, they’re all getting a little long in the tooth. Best case scenario, it’s just side effects and we need to wait until they pass and hope he doesn’t do himself damage falling off the furniture. I mean, we got the ramps so they wouldn’t do themselves damage getting onto the furniture, but if he’s gonna fall off of the ramps, well, there’s nothing I can do about that. At least the ramp to the bed is between the bed and the wall, he can’t fall off of that. Right?

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