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Does anyone medicate their fearful dog?

Discussion in 'Health & Nutritional Care' started by Nat Ursula, Jan 5, 2018.

  1. Nat Ursula

    Nat Ursula Good Dog

    Teddy seems to be getting more fearful.
  2. ETRaven2

    ETRaven2 Big Dog

    I medicated Raven. We tried Paroxetine (Paxil), Zoloft and Tranxene. I was not happy with any of the results. Paxil, I think actually made her worse. Which is a possibility, based on brain chemistry. I wanted to try her on Prozac, but it is not available anymore for dogs. The drugs have a cumulative effect, so results don't happen overnight. I kept her on each drug for about 3 months at a time. Honestly, after trying the Paxil last and seeing her reactivity heighten, I threw in the towel for a little while and took her off everything. I eventually wanted to try again, but we put her down before I could try something else with her.
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  3. Michele

    Michele Chi Super Dog Staff Member Administrator

    Fearful in general or because of something specific?
  4. EstyEsty

    EstyEsty Little Dog

    I medicated my previous female with apprazolam 1 mg. She had a thunder storm and bad weather fear in general and would shake and pant until I thought she was going to have a heart attack. I tried a kind from my vet but they drugged her and it didn't help her. So she was drugged but still fearful. It was horrible. I then gave her a little piece of one that I had and it was perfect. It calmed her down but she was still coherent.
    My vet prescribed them to her and when I knew a storm was coming I gave her a piece before it started.
    Paris was a scardy cat, she was afraid of storms, flies, and leaves rustling. Honest
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  5. Kit

    Kit Good Dog

    Frankie is scared of fireworks. My vet prescribed apprazolam and we had decent results. Last year, I tried CBD and had MUCH better results. Not to mention, its cheaper and didn't have to see a vet for it.
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  6. Worg

    Worg Big Dog

    I've tried various medications on a couple of my dogs, have had the best luck with trazadone. Here's the issue with any of these kinds of medications, they are essentially tranquilizers, they will make your dog tired and they can also increase aggression in dogs and make them more irritable. I use these medications for certain events, like 4th of july when I have a dog that is afraid of the sounds, or during trips etc. Some of these medications are prescribed as sleep aids as well, so that's pretty much what they do. Just my opinion based on my experienced with my dogs as well as having taken some medications myself along the same lines.
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  7. Nat Ursula

    Nat Ursula Good Dog

    Teddy still has trouble on his walks. If a motorcycle or a boat is parked on the street he will not walk past it. On New Year's Eve a few neighbors had M80s and various loud fireworks. He was very afraid. We wished we had CBD cookies but we were out. Yesterday the emergency alert system came on the TV and it took me a few seconds to get to the remote and turn it down. He was walking past the TV when it happened and he just froze. His ears went flat and he was terrified. I turned it down and he didn't seem to be shaking like Tonka does if the smoke detector goes off so I thought he was okay. About 15-30 min. Later we were outside and a big truck drove past the backyard (on the golf course). He just freaked out and went to the screen door and tried clawing through it. I let him in and he creeped all throughout the house looking for a hiding place. I had the bedroom door shut and he could not get to his crate so he pushed my husband's office door open and would not come out. About 30-45 min. Later I opened the bedroom door and asked him if he wanted to go in his crate. He went in and went as far back as possible and stayed there for about 3 hours until my husband got home from work.
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  8. Michele

    Michele Chi Super Dog Staff Member Administrator

    The only thing my dog used to be afraid of was thunder. Whenever there was a storm he would pant, drool and pace. I used to give him Benadryl for it but I did not want to keep giving drugs. I trained him to get a toy and start playing with it. So far it's worked great.
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  9. ETRaven2

    ETRaven2 Big Dog

    I agree with this. I'd work on counter conditioning. Maybe with meds at first and then without meds.
    For example, terrified of motorcycle, "cmon Teddy, let's go see." Have your hubby hold him and you walk over and pretend like you're having so much fun. If he perks up and shows interest inatead of complete fear, that's progress. Build on that.
    Can you get Tonka to help show him things aren't scary? Could you go near the bike and play with her, so he can see it's nothing to be afraid of?
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  10. Capt. Roxy

    Capt. Roxy Good Dog Premium Member

    If you can find a parked motorcycle and just standing near it or walking past it, it would be a help too. That helped Roxy a lot. The sound and fast movement of the bike is what triggered her. A lot of men ride on my street so I can find one parked easily and just walking past one everyday helped but of course at first she wouldn't go anywhere near it. Having a tug toy/treats encouraged her to walk past it the first couple times.
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  11. ETRaven2

    ETRaven2 Big Dog

    You know, just as an aside, I hope ppl that want to breed or are breeding read this and think about just slapping two dogs together. This is the kind of stuff that goes on when breedings aren't researched the way they should be before they happen. Also, when pups are born into this world, do the right thing by desensitizing them. Get a mentor that does things right, and have them help you.
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  12. Nat Ursula

    Nat Ursula Good Dog

    We have one in our garage!
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  13. Eden86

    Eden86 Little Dog

    Grace doesn't like trains and there are a few freight ships that sometimes come in to the river as we're walking along the water front. Can't really get her too used to them unfortunately. She's a bit frustrating with thunder and fireworks as well, not because she's afraid but because she'll start barking when she hears the other dogs have started. I'm honestly not sure she knows what's happening 90% of the time.
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  14. leavesofjoy

    leavesofjoy Big Dog Premium Member

    Griffin was afraid of many street noises when he was an adolescent, too afraid to work on them out in the world at first, he would just panic and try to bolt. So, I found youtube recordings of city noises and played them in the house, tossing him treats when he was calm about it. I started with the sound low, and gradually increased it, and then moved out into the real world. It was a bit of a hassle for a while, but dealing with the noises in person was just more than he could handle. He's still really sensitive to noise, but he doesn't lose it like he did when we're out, and we can work on it more productively now.

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