RSPCA Concern As A New Drug Is Launched For ‘Pill-
Society alerts pet owners that animals suffer and die in drug testing.
The RSPCA is sounding the alarm as yet another drug – an antidepressant – is made available to our increasingly ‘pill-
It’s also vital that pet owners realise that laboratory animals – including dogs – often suffer and even die when they are given high doses during tests as the drug is developed. These tests have to be carried out by law to ensure the medicines are safe for our pets.
The new antidepressant, intended to be taken by dogs, will be prescribed to help cure behavioural problems such as barking and chewing furniture when pets are left alone. The latest pill is chewable and tastes of beef to make it more palatable for dogs.
The RSPCA’s acting chief veterinary adviser David McDowell said: “I am seriously concerned about the pill-
“The Animal Welfare Act, which became law earlier this month, makes it a legal requirement for owners to meet the needs of their animals. In most cases, if dogs have plenty of exercise and company, are given proper training and a good diet and environment to live in, then they will not become depressed or develop behavioural problems.”
The RSPCA is concerned about the growing trend for pharmaceutical companies to redevelop drugs currently used by humans –
In many cases, it’s necessary for the re-
RSPCA senior scientist Penny Hawkins said: “Pet owners may be horrified to learn that laboratory experiments are often carried out on dogs to test these pills. Some dogs used to test the antidepressant pill suffered severe side effects and even died. Would caring dog owners really want that to happen?”
RSPCA, Wilberforce Way, Southwater, Horsham, West Sussex RH13 9RS