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Mariah | 1 year ago
I Think My Dog Has Separation Anxiety. He Gets Very Sad And Freaks Out When He …

I think my dog has separation anxiety. He gets very sad and freaks out when he knows we are leaving and cries nonstop. I was wondering if there was a way to make him more comfortable at home when we will be going to work?

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Sarah
1 year ago

Good morning- anxiety is something that takes time, patience and in my opinion routine. Routine definitely helps. When your dog learns that they can expect “x,y,z” at certain times, and can depend on that routine, it builds trust. There are also other things like leaving a radio on low while you’re gone, walks/exercise to get them good and relaxed before you go, chew toys and toys you can hide a treat like peanut butter in for them to work on while you’re out…. I will also say that making walks a priority part of your daily routine helps a ton.… Read more »

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Kate Reisinger | 2 years ago
I Have A 14 Month Old Pit Mix That Has Terrible Anxiety. He Is Terrified Of Being …

I have a 14 month old pit mix that has terrible anxiety. He is terrified of being by himself, even if we are just behind the closed door using the bathroom. He cries terribly & will pace the house until we’re done. If I take a shower or bath I leave the door open so he feels a little better, but he then cries & tries to grab my arm to pull me out (not in an aggressive way). When people come into the house he paces, jumps, & whines for them. He also does this outside when he sees people or other dogs. He is told “down” when he jumps & warned with the beeping noise on his training collar. He will sit but it is very hard for him to stay still, as he continues to whine, shakes, & then rolls into the ground. It’s like he knows to listen & tries very hard but literally can not stay still. He also is terrified of thunder & the sound the trash truck makes. When those sounds are occurring he runs right under the table & won’t come out. We are in the process of training & we were told by them that they also think he has anxiety. They think he would be able to comprehend better if it was under control. I have been researching non stop for things to help with this major issue. I don’t want him on prescription anxiety meds that cause him to seem “sedated” & not like himself (that happened with my family dog). I have come across a tablet to help with separation anxiety & the behaviors that come with it. It is called clomicalm & every review or story I have read about it was positive. I really do think this could be a successful choice for him IF I know this is something that is not harmful. There are possible side effects that could occur but that could happen with pretty much any medication humans or pets. This tablet does not cause dogs to seem drowsy from what I’ve read from people’s experiences & has a high success rate to treat anxiety. We have tried natural treats, oils, thunder vests, etc. & nothing has helped him in the slightest bit. I just want to know if this something that would be okay for him to take daily or even okay to take at all?

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Krista Magnifico
1 year ago

Hello,
It sounds like it is time to get help from a behaviorist. Please ask your vet for a referral and also ask them about medications to help bridge the gap as you start to help him overcome his fears and anxieties. Medications can help but they should not be used without also implementing training, socialization and behavior modification therapy. I hope this helps and I hope your pup gets help soon.

Sarah
1 year ago

I agree with Dr. Magnifico. A behaviorist will be money very well spent and will benefit ALL of you. Very best of luck. Don’t give up!!💛🐾

Laura
1 year ago

I agree with the others – find a behaviorist. I’d also invest time in a sport of some sort. This can help build the confidence it sounds like he lacks.

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Krista Magnifico | 2 years ago
Kana Had Facial Tremors, A “tragic” Look, Erect Ears, And Twitching Eyes. She Had Tetanus…
Treatment Cost (USD): $60.00
A wound on her toe had been present and reluctantly healing for about 3 weeks. Her mom noticed that her ears were standing up on her head, her eyes were pulled back into her head and moving quickly in multiple directions. She also had her facial muscles twitching and pulling her mouth back to her ears. She had a “tragic” look to her face. She also was not walking normally and not eating or behaving normally.
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Laura Bekkers | 2 years ago
My Almost Two Year Old Min Pin Got Pregnant By Our Other Dog Neither Are…

My almost two year old min pin got pregnant by our other dog neither are fixed but are separated during her heat he stays with someone else our pregnant girl had some health issues which prevented her from being fixed and then her appointment to finally get fixed was cancelled when we discovered she was pregnant. This seems very irresponsible but there are lots of reasons why we didn’t fix and we’re about to and now it is too late. Any advice about keeping one puppy from a litter if you own the mom and dad??

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Laura
2 years ago

You CAN spay her while pregnant – it’s called an emergency spay, and it’s expensive, but it’s best for all involved. Please do this.

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Elizabeth Spar | 2 years ago
My 2 Kittens Were Spayed Last Week And Both Have Developed A Seroma. One Of…

My 2 kittens were spayed last week and both have developed a seroma. One of which is leaking a bit. We have 2 other cats and never experienced this with the others. The vet said they are caused by being overactive, is this accurate? They were both relatively calm and quiet for most of the week after their spay and these just developed within the past 2 days. After we had them rechecked at the vet Monday, they told us to separate them and basically quarantine them to separate bedrooms. We tried this yesterday but keeping them isolated has just caused them to be overactive when they finally get to come back out. We don’t want to make them go crazy from the isolation. Do you have any recommendations? Thank you in advance!

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Krista Magnifico
2 years ago

Hello, I can’t really offer an opinion for the surgery or after care. And I’m not sure that blame or identification of underlying cause is helpful at this point. I do however think it is relevant and appropriate for you to inquire who did the surgery and what their experience level is. You can get a copy of the doctors notes and ask the vet if perhaps surgical technique was a part of the seroma. I see these as learning opportunities not sources of blame. Then ask for help in getting your kittens through this. Collectively and productively. If you… Read more »

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Krista Magnifico | 3 years ago
Neutering A Feral Cat. What Is A TNR, And What Does It Cost?
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Rey is a feral cat who showed up at one of our employees homes. She is feeding him and was able to trap him so he could be vaccinated, FeLV/FIV tested, and neutered. We also gave him a topical dose of Revolution to treat/protect against parasites. We also ear tipped him and gave him a microchip. He will be released at her home in a day or two.
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Stacey Harris
2 years ago

Thanks Krista for taking the mystery out of this procedure. Having worked for our local tnrv organization, Ive wondered how sedating such a wild animal trapped in a metal cage was accomplished, short of a blow dart?! The ferals I’ve trapped are surprisingly ferocious, completely unlike the typical domesticated pet. I applaud you for performing spay/neuter on ferals; we have difficulty finding vets who will perform this in Tulsa. Thank you!

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Nicholas P. Woodward | 3 years ago
Two Shots In One Day (Lepto + Lyme) Made Stella A Very Sick Pup!
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We had already had the first round for both the Lepto shot and the Lyme vaccine (each done on separate visits), so this visit was to our regular vet to have the second round of both done together.   In retrospect, we realize it was just too much in a day (she also got groomed right before it), but apparently she was also having an allergic reaction to the Lyme shot (in a previous story I posted, I mentioned how the first round had made her sick).   After her visit to the vet, she seemed ok and the vet was great with everything.  However, an hour or two later she was repeatedly vomiting and really worrying us.  Our regular vet's clinic had closed already for the day, so we decided to take her for a visit to a local emergency clinic.
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Brandon Bachrach
2 years ago

Hope she’s doing better now!

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Carrie Ngugi | 3 years ago
I Have A 6 Month Old Beagle That Is Pretty Consistent About Using Potty Pads…

I have a 6 month old beagle that is pretty consistent about using potty pads near the front door of the house, however, he loves to chew them up. I want to transition him to going potty outside but have a few roadblocks…my work schedule has me leaving at 7:30am and getting home for lunch at 1:15pm. During that almost 6 hour stint at work, i have my dog confined to a tiled area with his food, water, potty pads, and a small crate with chew toys. I keep the crate open because he goes nuts inside the crate and will go potty in the crate when im not there….i think he may have some separation anxiety. He is fine with being in the crate as long as im near. He typically goes potty before i leave for work and while im home for lunch, but then i head back to work for another 4 hours. After i get home from work he will go potty and have play/exercise time. He has gone potty outside before on a number of occassions but typically takes 45 minutes to go outside as he is easily distracted. We live on a very busy street in a complex where there are no fenced yards so letting him outside without a leash or lead is not an option. I will say that my dog loves sleeping in his crate at night and for the most part holds his stuff in at night. Given the roadblocks of my work schedule and his sepatation anxiety how would i transition him to going outside? He would have to hold his potty for 6 hours in the mornings and unless i restrict water and food its just not feasible….and i dont have financial wiggle room for a dog walker or doggy daycare…. What would you suggest i try?

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Sarah
2 years ago

Good mornng? I think it is great that you have a work schedule that allows you to be home for lunch. Part of potty training them to go outside is getting them to realize that outside is the ideal place to “go”. Treats and praise each time they go outside is how we train. If there is an accident in the house, we just point it out, say “oh no”, and then quietly clean it up. I find that just letting them know you are disappointed and then going about the business of cleaning it up, is a good way… Read more »

Laura
2 years ago

Toss the pee pads. They’re problematic and can cause obstructions if he eats them. Instead, stick to your routine and CRATE him rather than letting him roam, even in the kitchen. This means you need to train him to like the crate. Feed him in there, look up Susan Garrett’s “Crate Games” online and utilize the methods mentioned. Work on some mental games before crating so he’s tired. Keep sessions short for now, so he realizes he will be allowed out once he’s not losing his mind about being in there…and DO NOT let him out until he’s calm. Don’t… Read more »

Laura
2 years ago

Oh, one other thing – meal feed. He must eat all of his breakfast before you leave for the morning (and if he wanders away from it, pick it up and give it to him at dinner). At 6 months he shouldn’t need a lunch anymore. Feed his second meal once you get home. This makes for reliable stool, and makes life a LOT easier on you.

Laura
2 years ago

Oh, one other thing – meal feed. He must eat all of his breakfast before you leave for the morning (and if he wanders away from it, pick it up and give it to him at dinner). At 6 months he shouldn’t need a lunch anymore. Feed his second meal once you get home. This makes for reliable stool, and makes life a LOT easier on you.

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Sarah | 3 years ago
Hi Pawbly Friends- My Mom Was Dog Sitting Tonight So That We Could Take The Kiddos…

Hi pawbly friends-
My mom was dog sitting tonight so that we could take the kiddos trick or treating and there was a fight between all three of our guys. Do not know the trigger. Our old guy is limping around and is pretty slow, and our girl is limping a bit. Our new guy seems no worse for the wear. My question is whether or not it is ok to keep them separated tonight or will that backfire on me for tomorrow when I take them for a walk to try and pack up again to move past this setback?

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2 years ago

Hi Sarah, I’m glad everything seems okay now. I would keep a close eye on them – someone gave a side eye to someone else, and obviously a fight broke out. You said you have two males, and that always concerns me, ESPECIALLY with breeds like GSDs. Good luck.

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Leah Gray | 3 years ago
Hello Again, Ive Posted Before About My 6mth Old Neutered Male Kitten. He Has Terrible…

Hello again, Ive posted before about my 6mth old neutered male kitten. He has terrible gas. I have added another food bowl to slow down his eating since I do have another cat and I feed them both Purina One Sensitive System…. the separate bowl seemed to worked for a while (since the food has been the same)but now the stinky butt is back 🙂 other then the gas he is just as crazy and loving as ever. Is there anything else I can do? A probiotic?

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Krista Magnifico
2 years ago

I would also have a fecal sample sent to the lab to look for parasites. And try a probiotic. Start there. And try a different food. I like canned for for indoor cats with obesity or gi problems. Let us know what happens.

Laura
2 years ago

Have you tried other foods? I would think this food does not agree with his system.

Laura
2 years ago

I would also consult the vet who suggested putting him on a sensitive system food. They might have ideas for you.