Filed under: Society + Media | Tags: anti-depressant, depression, dog, pet, pet owner, prozac, reconcile
Berkely knows each dawn that it is only a matter of time before they come for her. So nervous she can barely eat, she glances from side to side. Suddenly, hands belonging to one who professes to love her grip her tiny body. Struggle as she might against them, they deposit her in the white room. The door clicks. Berkely will be alone in her cell for the next ten hours. She plays mindless games: spinning in circles, itching her skin until it bleeds. She paces back and forth and cries, hoping someone will hear her. The room soon fills with the stench of her excrement. Finally, at seven pm, her daily solitary confinement is over. She is free, but she is also a nervous wreck.
And so, Berkely’s owner decided to buy her Reconcile, the anti-depressant just for dogs. Approved by the Food and Drug Administration for treating separation anxiety, a problem occurring when dogs are left home alone, beef-flavored Reconcile is identical to Prozac. Pet depression is widespread. In the UK alone, an estimated 632,000 cats and dogs suffer from depression and busy pet owners trying to medicate away their bad parenting increasingly turn towards these drugs as solution for their blue beagles. Reconcile may help Berkely stay sane in her current environment. But her sanity would also return if she had a little more time outside and if she wasn’t alone all day— no medication needed. However, lacking time for that, her owner uses Reconcile to reconcile her desires for a busy life and a pet. It works. After all, Berkely may be confined to a cell, but at least she is no longer depressed about it.
— Brenna Daldorph
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