What else can I do other than put her on allopathic medication?
|How long has Annie been with you? My boy arrived with overwhelming anxiety. We have had him three years. It's just the last 6 months that he stopped hiding when people come in the house. It's about time and patience. |
Poor Annie had 6 years of bad circumstances to overcome. Her turnaround won't come quickly. You are an angel to take in Miss Annie.
|I've only had her since just after Thanksgiving. I know it takes time. I just wonder if there is anything I can do to alleviate her anxiety other than Zanax. She knows how much I love her deeply....she shows it to me with her eyes and her batting paws on my lap! I adore this girl and would never do anything to hurt her; just want to maintain some semblance of harmony in my home. Thank you for your encouraging words!|
|sadly I have no advice to offer... but I wanted to say that I think it's wonderful you rescued her from a horrible time. Hope you get things all calmed down. I can only imagine that patience is key.|
|I like Patricia B. McConnell's "I'll be Home Soon! How to Prevent and Treat Separation Anxiety" Dogs Best Friend Ltd.|
There's a website on the back of the booklet www.dogsbestfriendtraining.com but I've never looked at the website.
It gives you practical strategies for dealing with separation anxiety but she does say it takes time and patience.
Good luck and thanks for giving Annie a new life.
|One of our dogs went through a really anxious phase. Our vet put him on amitriptyline (I am sure I spelled that wrong.)|
I hated to do it, but it sure made a difference.
Maybe some meds for a while will help her feel better as she settles in. I agree with the earlier poster who said she's got six years to overcome, and that will take time. Maybe this will make things easier on her while that time passes.
She is one lucky dog to have a new lease on life with someone who is so dedicated to helping her. Best wishes to both of you. I sure wish I had a solution for you.
|None of the quick fix things worked for Panda either... we tried the DAP, Rescue Remedy, the company of other dogs. We did a year of a 1/2 dose of Clomipramine which helped more than anything but I think what was needed was simply time and showing her that we would always return to her.|
It takes time, building of confidence and trust. It took us about a year before we could have a closed door between us. Panda would pee, poop or become destructive. For the first year, we even had to keep the bathroom door open We couldn't crate her, we think she had been over confined, so we puppy proofed a room but she would still become destructive and pace. It's simply a slow process I believe of teaching the dog that we will return. This article may help- http://www.humanesociety.org/animals/do ... xiety.html
We've had Panda for over 4 years now and she's a loving, goofy companion that was well worth all the aggravation Every night she sleeps along my left side. She'll still give a couple of barks when we leave, she'll still look out the window for 5-10 seconds, she'll still jump to her feet at times to follow us (amazing because she arrived with hip dysplasia too) but she no longer poops on the chaise lounge or bed, turns on the stove, destroys our possessions, counter surfs, pees on the floor, howls forlornly, etc. She's come a long way
Good luck to you both... you're sweet girl will be well worth the effort too.
|I would not be against prescription medications under the supervision of a vet that you trust.|
It may help ease her into her new stable, loving home a little faster. It will still require alot of love and patience but may help with her anxiety.
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