How JustAnswer Works:

  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site.
    Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.

Ask Sophie-Vet Your Own Question

Sophie-Vet
Sophie-Vet, Dog Veterinarian
Category: Dog Veterinary
Satisfied Customers: 691
Experience:  Veterinary surgeon in companion animal practice.
27746029
Type Your Dog Veterinary Question Here...
Sophie-Vet is online now
A new question is answered every 9 seconds

our poor dog is having a nervous breakdown, her owner has been

Resolved Question:

our poor dog is having a nervous breakdown, her owner has been been very ill, he is on hospice, the dog is normally high strung, we have introduced two additional dogs which he is getting along with greatly, the straw that broke the camels back is the introduction of two birds, she incessantly whines and tries to get to them, we have tried time outs, and 1/2 a benadryl to know avail, she continues to whine and beg at the birds, I NEED HELP ITS DRIVING THE HOUSEHOLD CRAZY? I need a answer that will absolutely work, thanks
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Sophie-Vet replied 2 years ago.

Sophie-Vet :

Hi there, my name is XXXXX XXXXX I am a registered veterinarian. I would like to try to help you.

Sophie-Vet :

I am sorry to hear about your problems.

Sophie-Vet :

It certainly sounds like your poor doggy is stressed. Fortunatley there is lots you can do to help.

Sophie-Vet :

Stress is a normal part of everyday life that we and our dogs have to deal with, but if stress becomes excessive it can lead to behavioural problems. Sadly dogs cannot tell us that they are stressed, sometimes the only way we can notice this by the change in their behaviour.

Customer:

ok great


 

Sophie-Vet :

There are many solutions, usually best all used together.

Sophie-Vet :

Ways of tackling this problem including modifying the environment so that they have space, free access to their resources (food and bed etc), places to escape potentially stressful situations and privacy.

Sophie-Vet :

Products that can help include pheromone diffusers (the name of the product is Adaptil). The pheromones found in the milk of nursing dogs convey a message of security and reassurance to the puppy, these are naturally appeasing and comfort and reassure. Adaptil is a synthetic copy of these pheromones and can help to prevent stress and its associated problems. It comes in a plug in for the home and a travel spray which can be used in smaller areas. There is a also a collar which lasts for 4 weeks.

Customer:

he has all of those


 

Sophie-Vet :

Ok have you tried suppliments?

Customer:

no but the pheromone diffuser was reccomended today by a dog trainer at petco


 

Sophie-Vet :

Other non-prescription methods of stress control include using natural anti-anxiety products, (the name of the product I use is called Zylkene which contains Alpha-S1 tryptic caesin). No side effects e.g. sedation
have been associated with the use of Zylkene.These come in palatable powders that can be added to the food once a day. It can be given to help with short term stress but is also safe to use long term.

Sophie-Vet :

In extreme cases you may need to visit your vet for stronger short term medication such as Prozac. I also think you may need something a lot stronger than anti-histamines which are rubbish at sedating dogs! You could ask your vet for some tablets called ACP, a much stronger anti-anxiety and sedative which can help if you are finding sedation acceptable in the short term to help your pet adjust to the new changes.

Customer:

ok great thanks very much, if it continues and these things do not work should I take him to the vet?


 

Sophie-Vet :

Absolutely, you will only be able to get prozac and ACP from your vet. Everything else (or its generic) you will be able to find cheaply online.

Customer:

thanks so much great advice thanks


 

Sophie-Vet :

I hope that things get better for you soon, I realise how upsetting and frustrating these situations can be!

Sophie-Vet :

If you need anything else, please don't hesitiate to reply and I will try my best to help you. You can reply at any time even after rating.

Customer:

absolutely so true, thanks you have a great day


 

Sophie-Vet :

All the best - Sophie

Sophie-Vet :

Positive RATING (EXCITED FACE or 5 STARS) is appreciated as this is the only way I know you have received the information and I receive credit for my time.


Please reply using the CONTINUE THE CONVERSATION button if more information is needed at any time.


Please remember to ONLY rate my answer when you are 100% satisfied. IF you feel the need to rate "helped a little" or "I expected more", please stop and REPLY to me via the CONTINUE CONVERSATION button with the issue you have. I will be happy to continue further and do everything I can to provide you with the service you seek.

Sophie-Vet, Dog Veterinarian
Category: Dog Veterinary
Satisfied Customers: 691
Experience: Veterinary surgeon in companion animal practice.
Sophie-Vet and 11 other Dog Veterinary Specialists are ready to help you

JustAnswer in the News:

 
 
 
Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.
 
 
 

What Customers are Saying:

 
 
 
  • It was so professional, so personally concerned (as we were) and you answered all of our questions. George and I are so happy that I found "JustAnswer" on my Google search -- you are now in my "Favorites" list! And, yes we do love our kitty - she makes our life complete! Bev & George Boca Raton, FL
< Last | Next >
  • It was so professional, so personally concerned (as we were) and you answered all of our questions. George and I are so happy that I found "JustAnswer" on my Google search -- you are now in my "Favorites" list! And, yes we do love our kitty - she makes our life complete! Bev & George Boca Raton, FL
  • Wonderful service, prompt, efficient, and accurate. Couldn't have asked for more. I cannot thank you enough for your help. Mary C. Freshfield, Liverpool, UK
  • This expert is wonderful. They truly know what they are talking about, and they actually care about you. They really helped put my nerves at ease. Thank you so much!!!! Alex Los Angeles, CA
  • Thank you for all your help. It is nice to know that this service is here for people like myself, who need answers fast and are not sure who to consult. GP Hesperia, CA
  • I couldn't be more satisfied! This is the site I will always come to when I need a second opinion. Justin Kernersville, NC
  • Just let me say that this encounter has been entirely professional and most helpful. I liked that I could ask additional questions and get answered in a very short turn around. Esther Woodstock, NY
  • Thank you so much for taking your time and knowledge to support my concerns. Not only did you answer my questions, you even took it a step further with replying with more pertinent information I needed to know. Robin Elkton, Maryland
 
 
 

Meet The Experts:

 
 
 
  • Dr. Debbie

    Dog Veterinarian

    Satisfied Customers:

    902
    Companion animal veterinarian practicing for over 10 years.
< Last | Next >
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/DE/debkatreyn/2011-11-28_33650_682e.64x64.jpg Dr. Debbie's Avatar

    Dr. Debbie

    Dog Veterinarian

    Satisfied Customers:

    902
    Companion animal veterinarian practicing for over 10 years.
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/VE/vetforyou/2012-6-20_33122_PearlPhoto.64x64.jpg Dr. Andy's Avatar

    Dr. Andy

    Medical Director

    Satisfied Customers:

    13796
    UC Davis graduate, emphasis in dermatology, internal medicine, pain management
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/doggfone1/2009-07-16_133633_vet_pic.jpg Dr. Scott's Avatar

    Dr. Scott

    Veterinarian

    Satisfied Customers:

    9550
    12 years of small animal, equine and pocket pet medicine and surgery.
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/RY/rydergar/2012-6-6_192240_IMG0328.64x64.JPG Dr. Gary's Avatar

    Dr. Gary

    Dog Veterinarian

    Satisfied Customers:

    7758
    DVM, Emergency Veterinarian, BS (Physiology)
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/AN/andrewDVM/2012-4-27_12585_iStock000011751407XSmall.64x64.jpg Dr. Drew's Avatar

    Dr. Drew

    Dog Veterinarian

    Satisfied Customers:

    6598
    Small Animal Medicine and Surgery
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/1I/1ISUDVM/2011-3-1_22028_Honeymoon2005075294928803490646858.64x64.jpg Dr. Bruce's Avatar

    Dr. Bruce

    Veterinarian

    Satisfied Customers:

    6377
    13 years of experience as a small animal veterinarian
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/BI/bigislandvet/2013-2-21_214244_IMG0357.64x64.JPG Dr. Michael Salkin's Avatar

    Dr. Michael Salkin

    Big Island Vet

    Satisfied Customers:

    6049
    University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 41 yrs. of experience.