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    12-06-2006, 10:09 AM

We have a horse who is just a simply high strung sort. She's a favorite of ours but she tends to get away from my 4 year old (just in the round pen) and is otherwise a challenge for us adults, but not a problem horse in anyway. You just have to be engaged mentally full time when riding her.

Anyway, the vet was floating teeth yesterday and suggested putting her on Paxil (paroxetine actually which is the generic term). WHAT? At first I thought that was pretty funny, now I'm just curious! Paxil/paroxetine is prescribed to humans for anxiety.

We're not doing it (putting her on Paxil) it's unwarranted and would be an unnecessary expense, but has anyone ever heard of this?

I looked online and the Texas Racehorse Standards consider paroxetine a class 2 prohibited drug for use in racehorses. Use of class 2 drugs, I believe, warrants disqualification and suspension of the horse.

Anyone? I'm intrigued!
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    12-06-2006, 03:10 PM
Na lol... never heard it being used... confuzzled me!
    12-09-2006, 07:17 PM
I've heard of Paxil being used on animals, though I don't know of anyone personally who's used it. But some people who have dogs with separation anxiety have used it. But I think a lot of humans in this country are over medicated - why over medicate our animals too? LOL
    12-11-2006, 08:29 PM

(I love that face..)

PAXIL? The side effects.. the unknown side effects.. the possible internal damage.. the amount of unatural chemicals.. No no no.
I can't believe that and have never heard of this situatiuon.. perhaps I blocked it from my memory - rightously so..

I just watched horse slaughter videos from another post and then I see giving a mind altering drug such as PAXIL to a horse..

PEOPLE! :roll: Uggh.

What ever happened to being simple, alive and happy?

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