A couple years ago, it was brought to people’s attention that toddlers as young as three years old are being prescribed amphetamine. Young children are being drugged with dangerous, severely mind altering psychiatric drugs that are proven to be unsafe for adults.

But it doesn’t stop there: dogs are now becoming victims of the same pharmaceutical corporations who push psychiatric drugs on toddlers, like the world’s largest pharma corporation, Ritalin producing, canine drug producing Novartis (which includes Sandoz).

According to All Pet News:

“The number of pets that are receiving psychiatric drugs for things such as hyper activity and depression are rising significantly over previous years.  Just last year alone, Americans spent nearly $7 billion dollars on pills for their pets, which is an increase of 35 percent in just four years, according to David Lummis, a senior pet market analyst for Packaged Facts.  In fact, Pfizer Drug Company has established a companion animal division which brought in nearly a billion dollars last year.

Not everyone agrees that drugs like Prozac and Zoloft are the best way to treat human conditions found in dogs or cats.  The debate over whether or not this is the best way for pet owners to spend their hard earned money has opinions coming in from across the country.”

Although many people must have missed the news, as far back as 2008 headlines were made about how canines and other pets are being dosed with psychiatric drugs. In 2012, the practice was reportedly rising, and in 2017 it continues to gain prevalence.

The mainstream media promoted this practice almost 10 years ago. Reading from a New York Times article titled “Pill-Popping Pets – Dogs, Cats, And Mood-Altering Drugs”:

“Allan went upstairs and returned moments later with a bit of ground turkey and a pill. He hid the pill in the meat and extended his hand to Max, who had stopped spinning. The medicine was chemically identical to clomipramine, a tricyclic antidepressant used in human psychiatric care, but it came in a green-and-while Novartis box brightened by the picture of a happy yellow lab. This wasn’t Anafranil, the brand name for the human version of the drug; it was Clomicalm, just for dogs.”

Alternatively, let’s take an opinion into consideration from he famous “Dog Whisperer.”

Cesar Milan has taken a firm stance in opposition to drugging pets, making some of the same points that opponents of human psychiatric drugs, such as Dr. Peter Breggin has made. According to All Pet News:

“Cesar Milan, animal trainer and “dog whisperer” from National Geographic’s hit show, said he is skeptical of using psychiatric medicines on pets.  Milan firmly believes that with the proper behavior changes, love, and time spent, pets can achieve the same changes that human drugs might change.

‘Unfortunately, everybody is looking for the quick fix, for the ‘I want to see dramatic change in my dog,” he said.  ‘Exercise, proper diet and tough love – showing your pet who’s boss – can cure psychological problems in pets in most cases.'”

But perhaps a better question is, who are the entities and corporations who are so powerful they have managed to sell the public on such an extreme idea?

To understand Novartis, Pfizer, and the other gigantic multinational pharma corporations who are making billions off of the drugging of pets, this documentary may provide some insight.

(Image credit: TG, DailyMed, Drugs)