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DateSep 28, 2021
CategorySeparation Anxiety
Pet TypeDog
Topicanxiety
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Question:

we have a 1 yr old lab mix that we rescued and he has horrible anxiety he tears up anything in sight when left alone is there any medication that is safe to give him to calm him down?

Answer:

All behavior/anxiety cases are so different, it is hard to recommend anything for your pet without knowing any more about him and behavior problems are so multi-factorial and individualized, it is ideal to work with a behavior specialist in your area that can work directly with him (and you). Some animals do better with over-the-counter things like Composure (https://www.1800petmeds.com/Composure+Bite+Sized+Chews-prod11251.html) or Solliquin (https://www.1800petmeds.com/Solliquin-prod12093.html) and the Thundershirt (https://www.1800petmeds.com/Thundershirt-prod11310-11310.html) but others need prescription medication from their veterinarian.

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DateAug 26, 2021
CategorySeparation Anxiety
Pet TypeDog
TopicSeparation anxiety and anxiety
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Question:

My question is what can you prescribe my dog Lucy for separation anxiety. She has always had it since I adopted her but when I got her spaded a few months ago it's gotten worse she's tearing up everything the house doors carpet furniture and she like literally gets the shakes and pees on herself when we come home because we both work. So I need something to calm her down where she won't do this anymore or at least help her settle down a little bit

Answer:

All behavior/anxiety cases are so different, it is hard to recommend anything for her without knowing any more about her and behavior problems are so multi-factorial and individualized, it is ideal to work with a behavior specialist in your area that can work directly with her (and you). Some animals do better with over-the-counter things like Composure (https://www.1800petmeds.com/Composure+Bite+Sized+Chews-prod11251.html) or Solliquin (https://www.1800petmeds.com/Solliquin-prod12093.html) and the Thundershirt (https://www.1800petmeds.com/Thundershirt-prod11310-11310.html) but others need prescription medication from their veterinarian.

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DateFeb 10, 2021
CategorySeparation Anxiety
Pet Typenull
TopicWon't eat anything
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Question:

We just got a foster cat who won't eat any food. She got separated from her family of five years, so at first we thought it was just anxiety, but its been about a week now, and she clearly feels safe in our house. She's a little bit chubby, but is losing weight really fast now that she won't eat. We've tried feeding her wet and dry cat food (she won't even look at it) along with some safe human food like a tiny piece of bread, cheese, and bacon (sniffs but not eat). We have been force-feeding her some wet food at least once a day, and leaving out clean food and water at all times. What should I do to get her to eat cat food?

Answer:

At this point I would definitely go ahead and see your veterinarian for some blood work to rule out medical problems. Cats that don't eat for extended periods of time can develop severe liver problems. Try some tuna in water (not oil).

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DateFeb 4, 2021
CategorySeparation Anxiety
Pet Typenull
TopicHe just cries
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My dog will be 6 February 12th literally cries for everything!! As soon as he sees me walking away he cries. If he is in one room and I leave the room he cries like somebody is hurting him. He will cry from the moment I live thw house until I get back. He also gets in the garbage and chews everything. He is a very excessive chewer when he's left alone. How do I fix this?

Answer:

All behavior/anxiety cases are so different, it is hard to recommend anything for your pet without knowing any more about her and behavior problems are so multi-factorial and individualized, it is ideal to work with a behavior specialist in your area that can work directly with him (and you). Some animals do fine with over-the-counter things like Composure (https://www.1800petmeds.com/Composure+Bite+Sized+Chews-prod11251.html) or Solliquin (https://www.1800petmeds.com/Solliquin-prod12093.html) and the Thundershirt (https://www.1800petmeds.com/Thundershirt-prod11310-11310.html) but others need prescription medication from their veterinarian.

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DateAug 17, 2020
CategorySeparation Anxiety
Pet Typenull
TopicBarking during separation
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We have a 7 year old Dachsund that barks whenever my wife and I leave him home alone in our new coop apartment where we’ve lived for about 14 months. When we lived in our old house he stayed alone with no problem. He has free run of the house and always has since he was about 6 months old. We’ve tried leaving the tv or radio on for him but that doesn’t distract him. We close the blinds so he can’t see people walking past (we live on the 1st floor). We’ve gotten to the point where we don’t leave together, one of us stays home. Any suggestions?

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All behavior/anxiety cases are so different, it is hard to recommend anything for your pet without knowing any more about her and behavior problems are so multi-factorial and individualized, it is ideal to work with a behavior specialist in your area that can work directly with him (and you). Some animals do fine with over-the-counter things like Composure (https://www.1800petmeds.com/Composure+Bite+Sized+Chews-prod11251.html) or Solliquin (https://www.1800petmeds.com/Solliquin-prod12093.html) and the Thundershirt (https://www.1800petmeds.com/Thundershirt-prod11310-11310.html)

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DateAug 6, 2020
CategorySeparation Anxiety
Pet Typenull
TopicSeperation anxiety.
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Question:

What can I do to stop my dogs barking when I leave the house? I’ve tried to work on it with her but it only makes her cry more.

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All behavior/anxiety cases are so different, it is hard to recommend anything for your pet without knowing any more about her and behavior problems are so multi-factorial and individualized, it is ideal to work with a behavior specialist in your area that can work directly with her (and you). Some animals do fine with over-the-counter things like Composure (https://www.1800petmeds.com/Composure+Bite+Sized+Chews-prod11251.html) or Solliquin (https://www.1800petmeds.com/Solliquin-prod12093.html) Then here is a link to our article about separation anxiety treatment options: https://www.1800petmeds.com/education/separation-anxiety-treatment-dog-cat-29.html

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DateJun 7, 2020
CategorySeparation Anxiety
Pet TypeDog
TopicFear and shaking thru a thunderstorm
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Question:

I have 30lbs broder terrier have much melatonin to give before a strom.

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Start with 2mg and then inch up if needed. Here is a link to our article about using melatonin: https://www.1800petmeds.com/education/can-you-give-dog-melatonin.htm

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DateMay 23, 2020
CategorySeparation Anxiety
Pet TypeDog
TopicSleeping
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I just moved back to my parents house. I have always lived alone. My dog has always slept with me in the same bed and continues too. I have always kenneled her when I leave the house but there was no one ever there. When I leave now and my parents are trying to sleep all she does is bark. What can I do about this so when I do leave at night she doesn?t constantly bark and cry all night?

Answer:

Separation anxiety is a very individualized and complex behavior disorder, but very common. All dogs are different, so it is ideal to work with a specialist/trainer in your area that can specifically treat her (and you). Here is our article about separation anxiety - go to the treatment tab for various treatment options after you read the intro: https://www.1800petmeds.com/education/separation-anxiety-dog-cat-29.htm

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DateApr 28, 2020
CategorySeparation Anxiety
Pet TypeDog
TopicSeizures
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Question:

My little chawwa has been having seizures more than he has been and needing something to control them

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You will need a prescription from a veterinarian that has met him face-to-face to start medication - they will need to run some blood work as well.

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DateJan 10, 2020
CategorySeparation Anxiety
Pet TypeDog
TopicTearing up
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My dog is a pure breed German Shepard. She just turned one this past August. She is normally fine if we are home but if she is in the living room and we are in the bedroom watching tv she gets into the bathroom trash. When we leave she has been extra destructive lately. She chewed up an Xbox controller (this is her fifth one) a wire from a lamp (it wasn?t plugged in) parts of the furniture and now this morning I woke up to the couch having the cushions off it and her tearing the actual couch up. Is this separatation anxiety? How would I help it? I know she is still young but my boyfriend is gone for at least 9 hours at night for work and I?m gone at least 14 hours day and night because of classes and work.

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It could be separation anxiety - it could just be boredom and access to everything so a crate may be all you need. Here is our article all about separation anxiety and potential treatment options, both over-the-counter and prescription: https://www.1800petmeds.com/education/separation-anxiety-dog-cat-29.htm

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DateDec 3, 2019
CategorySeparation Anxiety
Pet TypeCat
TopicBabysitting a cat
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Question:

My fianc?e travels with his job and leaves on Monday morning and returns Friday evening. He has a female friend who sleeps at his house to care for the cat while he is away. Does the cat need her to be there all this time or would it be okay for her to feed the cat twice a day and clean litter box? My fianc?e says he doesn?t want the cat to be lonely so he has her stay there full time. Is this necessary?

Answer:

Is this necessary? No, not really - all cats, kind of like people, are a little different, but it should be fine to just check on the cat twice a day.

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DateOct 13, 2019
CategorySeparation Anxiety
Pet TypeDog
TopicFirst week of new puppy
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Question:

We have wanted to get a puppy for a long time now, and we have had a particular interest in the Golden Retriever. Its general friendliness and allowance of other pets is what drove us to choose this breed. However, we have the problem of spending time with our new puppy, because my mom will leave the house from 8:30 to 12, and I'll have school for the whole day. Is it really necessary to wait until we have one week of vacation, or would it be possible to get it now and just have my mom give him food for lunch.

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The puppy should be fine for 3.5-4 hours if it is left in a safe dog crate at your house, so getting it now or when you have a week break should be fine.

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DateJul 23, 2019
CategorySeparation Anxiety
Pet TypeDog
TopicPheromones
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Question:

How far away should you place a plug in pheromone from my dogs? There is an outlet next to where the dogs bedding is. Is that too close?

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There are different brands and different concentrations so you will have to read on the packaging.

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DateJul 22, 2019
CategorySeparation Anxiety
Pet TypeDog
TopicDementia
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Question:

I have a 13 yr old lab who was diagnosed with dementia. Please help me help her. I love her so much and she?s up all night and pants really bad. She also makes a half soft barking sound all day. I want her back. Rose

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Here is a good article about the subject, written by another veterinarian, on a site that I trust: https://veterinarypartner.vin.com/default.aspx?pid=19239&id=4952637

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DateMay 27, 2019
CategorySeparation Anxiety
Pet TypeDog
TopicSeparation Anxiety
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Question:

What can I give my 20lbs Jack chihuahua for this separation anxiety. Please help.

Answer:

All dogs are very different and will respond to different treatments - in fact there are so many, I will attach a link to our article about some of the various treatment options, both over-the-counter and prescription: https://www.1800petmeds.com/education/separation-anxiety-treatment-dog-cat-29.htm

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