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#302270 - 12/11/13 09:08 AM Re: Severe storm phobia [Re: bianca]
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This thread has been wonderful. Thanks for starting it! My mixed dog has recently started to become more anxious during storms. I think I am going to try the box idea, typically I will get out our big comforter blanket and he will ball himself up in the middle of it and hide out in there. On the down side, he's got in there and then has been sat on because we can't see him. O.O

I've also used Chamomile and Lavender, but those also do not seem to be working as well. I really want to stay away from giving him medications if possible, but as he's got older, he seems to get more upset with storms.
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#302403 - 12/12/13 02:34 AM Re: Severe storm phobia [Re: Sidhe]
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I'm sorry your boy has this awful affliction too frown It's really terrible to see them so stressed. You may want to give the DAP diffuser a try, I think it's made a difference here.
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#302581 - 12/13/13 03:22 AM Re: Severe storm phobia [Re: bianca]
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Well Miss Moo has really not been herself since re-starting Prozac frown So I've made the decision to wean her off it. She was meant to be on 30mg but I've been giving 20mg. Tonight I gave her 10m and will continue for a week or so and then I'll go to 5mg. Poor girl has not been wanting to eat and has been acting odd (she is odd but this is different).


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#302667 - 12/13/13 11:24 PM Re: Severe storm phobia [Re: bianca]
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I'm really sorry about the prozac frown

When I saw jazz's specialist, we talk super briefly about anxiety meds as an option down the road. Basically it was IF they work and IF she tolerates them. So I think that there are a lot of IF's with these meds.

Have you ever tried St. John's Wort for her?
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#302685 - 12/14/13 02:21 AM Re: Severe storm phobia [Re: MaxaLisa]
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Thank you Lisa hugging Basically I just don't think her anxiety in general is bad enough to medicate her daily for. No I haven't. I think I will just see how she goes once weaned off and hopefully with the DAP etc she will be ok and back to my Mooey.
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#302690 - 12/14/13 02:35 AM Re: Severe storm phobia [Re: bianca]
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hugging for you and Miss Moo. And hugging for Coop too smile
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#302691 - 12/14/13 06:39 AM Re: Severe storm phobia [Re: Shepherds]
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I'm beginning to hear good things about Zylkene, a natural product you can get from some vets.

It may worth talking to your vet about.

Here is a link:

http://www.zylkenepet.co.uk/aboutzylkene/index.html

And I still like Cholodine, which I get from Entirely Pets. Skye has done well on it.
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#302697 - 12/14/13 09:20 AM Re: Severe storm phobia [Re: bianca]
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Bianca, I am wishing calm and serenity for Moo, Cooper, and for you, too. peacesign hugging
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#302711 - 12/14/13 11:33 AM Re: Severe storm phobia [Re: Braverhund]
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I wish things were easier for Miss Moo-she seems so sweet and gentle (I am skipping the 4-legged mouth part). I can't remember how she did with massage, but it helps some of us.

Best wishes to all of you,

MJ

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#302787 - 12/15/13 01:41 AM Re: Severe storm phobia [Re: Mary Jane]
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Thank you my friends hugging Bonnie that is interesting, I have saved the link for future reference! She is already a bit more Mooish, more interested in eating again thank goodness. Mary Jane she is a sweet girl (although always the fun police!) and the mouthy part was when she drove me to tears as a puppy laugh
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