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Hi, I'm Dr. Friend and I'll help you with poor little Brandy today! I wonder what happened to scare her so badly? We'll probably never get to answer that question, but hopefully we can desensitize her to those fears.
How often does she become affected like this? Is it all day, or just a certain time of day? Once she starts this behavior, how many days in a row do you see it?
Hmm, interesting. I wonder if there is another animal in the area whose smell worries her. That could be another domestic pet in the area, or a wild critter that wanders through early in the morning.
You can certainly try Benadryl or melatonin at home. You can also use Lavender oil or DAP (dog appeasing pheromone) as aromatherapy. Tell me her weight, and I can give you appropriate doses of Benadryl and melatonin to try.
OK, for her size, you can give 50 mg diphenhydramine (2 adult Benadryl tablets). You can use the generic, just make sure any product you use says "diphenhydramine" as the active ingredient, with no others listed.
Alternatively, you can give 3 mg of melatonin.
DAP can be purchased as a spray, or a collar infused with the pheromone.
Lavender can be used when necessary by taking a sparing amount (just a couple drops will do) on your fingertips, and wiping across each front paw and tips of the ears.
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