Dog Veterinary

Ask a Dog Vet and Get Answers to Your Dog Health Questions

Ask a Dog Veterinarian,
Get an Answer ASAP!

Dog Veterinary

My dog is having very severe separation anxiety. We got her

Customer Question
when she was 7 weeks...
My dog is having very severe separation anxiety. We got her when she was 7 weeks old (she's now 12), and she went from being with her litter mates to us. We had another puppy, her half sister who was three weeks older, that we got two weeks prior. We lost that dog about 18 months ago to cancer. Since then, Daisy has had extreme separation anxiety, but she does not get along with other dogs (she did get along with our other dog), so we haven't gotten a second dog, and she does not do well at a doggie day care. She howls, cries, and scratches at the door when we aren't there. Daisy is a 25-lb. beagle. We tried a thunder shirt, which didn't work at all and actually stressed her more and now play calming music, give her treats with melatonin in them, plug in a DAP scent device, have her wearing a calming (lavender scented) collar, and give her 50 mg of trazodone in the morning and evening (yes, all of those things at the same time). She has a history of epileptic episodes, but is not on medication for that, but her vet doesn't want to give her a stronger dose of the trazodone and is concerned about other anti-anxiety medication because they could trigger seizures. Any other suggestions?
Submitted: 1 year ago.Category: Dog Veterinary
Show More
Show Less
Ask Your Own Dog Veterinary Question
Answered in 1 hour by:
7/22/2016
Dog Veterinarian: Lisa, Certified Vet Tech replied 1 year ago
Lisa
Lisa, Certified Vet Tech
Category: Dog Veterinary
Satisfied Customers: 16,562
Experience: AAS Vet Tech. Bully breed rehab & Behavior modification
Verified

Hi there. My name is ***** ***** I'm happy to help you with your question. Just like an in person consult, I have some questions of my own to help ensure I give you the best advice possible....

Is Daisy crate trained at all?

How much exercise does she get daily?

What is your routine right before you leave her in the house?

Is she food or treat motivated?

How often does she have seizures?

You've only used the plug in version of DAP?

Ask Your Own Dog Veterinary Question
Customer reply replied 1 year ago
Daisy has been crate trained since she was a puppy. But putting her in her crate when we leave, since this started, was disastrous. She tipped it on its side trying to get out and was extremely agitated when we got home.
We take her for at least two long walks each day (she loves hikes) and throw toys for her to chase when we are home.
I usually take her for her morning walk just before I leave for work, give her a treat, and scatter other treats for her to find. We tried food puzzles, but she lost interest after only a few days.
Her seizures are infrequent, but a couple have been severe.
Yes, I have only used the plug-in DAP. I am not aware of other forms.
Dog Veterinarian: Lisa, Certified Vet Tech replied 1 year ago

Great. Thanks for the additional information. I really appreciate it.

It does sound like Daisy is dealing with some anxiety. It's actually not uncommon for a dog to develop this kind of behavior as they age.

Some dogs develop destructive behaviors such as breaking through windows, destroying crates, chewing holes in walls and destroying sofas in their frantic efforts to cope with feelings of abandonment. Some other dogs may go on hunger strikes or even begin using the bathroom in the house to cope with their feeling of being alone

Dogs with serious separation anxiety issues may need medication as well as behavior modification help from a professional dog behaviorist. Look for a board-certified veterniary behavorist (ACVB) or certified applied animal behaviorist. As for references from your vet. You need solid guidance from someone properly trained to assist you and your dog.

You might also want to consider using a product made specifically for dogs with anxiety. A couple of these things would be:

Melantonin is an over-the-counter drug that can be used to treat some anxiety issues in dogs and I know that you're already using it in the treats, but sometimes using the actual pills rather than treat infused products works better. The dose you would give would be up to 3 mg given orally whenever necessary up to every 8 hours. More information can be found here: http://www.petplace.com/drug-library/melatonin-melatonex/page1.aspx , which includes risks, warning signs to watch out for and other bits of useful information.

Try a DAP collar instead of the plug-in. These are collars that are impregnated with a man-made version of the dog appeasing pheromone, which is a pheromone that nursing bitches give off to their pups to help them feel calm and secure. It's something that humans can't smell, but it has an amazing effect on dogs with anxiety and other issues. Although you can find them at your vet's office..you can also find them online at places like Amazon.com and Ebay for much cheaper. Just make sure they're DAP brand, as they seem to work better than some other versions.

When I'm working with an anxiety dog, I generally start with the collar, and then add in the melatonin if I don't see a change within a week or so.

You could also look into getting a stronger crate/kennel for her. I work with power breeds and have fallen in love with this crate: https://www.petedge.com/zpetedgemain/catalog/productDetail.jsf?wec-appid=PEDM_WEBSHOP_TR&itemKey=005056A633791ED2B58664B6D06D2FB3&wec-locale=en_US&ceidt=PPCPLA17&WT.mc_id=GoogleNonBranded_Pet%20Supplies%20PLA-NS_Containment&gclid=CN2xyejDicsCFQctaQodrDUC-Q They're sort of like the Alcatraz of dog kennels. If the 100 pound Presa Canario I'm working with can't get out of it or tip it over, I'm sure Daisy can't either.

I hope this helps.

Ask Your Own Dog Veterinary Question
Dog Veterinarian: Lisa, Certified Vet Tech replied 1 year ago
Hi,

I'm just following up on our conversation about Daisy. How is everything going?

CVT_in_MN
Ask Your Own Dog Veterinary Question
Ask Lisa Your Own Question
Lisa
Lisa
Lisa, Certified Vet Tech
Category: Dog Veterinary
Satisfied Customers: 16,562
16,562 Satisfied Customers
Experience: AAS Vet Tech. Bully breed rehab & Behavior modification

Lisa is online now

A new question is answered every 9 seconds

How JustAnswer works:

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

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 & GeorgeBoca 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!!!!

AlexLos 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.

GPHesperia, CA

I couldn't be more satisfied! This is the site I will always come to when I need a second opinion.

JustinKernersville, 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.

EstherWoodstock, 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.

RobinElkton, Maryland

< Previous | Next >

Meet the Experts:

Dr. Debbie

Dr. Debbie

Dog Veterinarian

902 satisfied customers

Companion animal veterinarian practicing for over 10 years.

Dr. Andy

Dr. Andy

Medical Director

16,112 satisfied customers

UC Davis graduate, emphasis in dermatology, internal medicine, pain management

Dr. Gary

Dr. Gary

Dog Veterinarian

9,980 satisfied customers

DVM, Emergency Veterinarian, BS (Physiology)

Dr Scott Nimmo

Dr Scott Nimmo

Dog Veterinarian

9,897 satisfied customers

BVMS, MRCVS. { Glasgow UK }

Dr. Scott

Dr. Scott

Veterinarian

9,615 satisfied customers

15 years of small animal, equine and pocket pet medicine and surgery.

Dr. Bruce

Dr. Bruce

Veterinarian

9,134 satisfied customers

15 years of experience as a small animal veterinarian

Rebecca

Rebecca

Dog Veterinarian

7,745 satisfied customers

More than 30 years of companion animal practice.

< Previous | Next >

Related Dog Veterinary Questions
My dog just had a grand mal seizure. He has had seizures
My dog just had a grand mal seizure. He has had seizures controlled by Phenobarbotol for 14 years. He has never had one like this before and frothing at the mouth. what do I do to comfort him? He trie… read more
Dr. Bruce
Dr. Bruce
Veterinarian
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
9,134 satisfied customers
Little interest in eating. Was fine yesterday. will play for
little interest in eating. Was fine yesterday. will play for about one minute and then goes back to bed … read more
PitRottMommy
PitRottMommy
Veterinary Nurse
Associate Degree
9,175 satisfied customers
My dog had what appeared to be a grand mal seizure about
Hello- my dog had what appeared to be a grand mal seizure about three weeks ago. Since then he's been a little off his game and that last three days has started relieving himself all over our apartmen… read more
Dr Z
Dr Z
Small Animal Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
3,715 satisfied customers
Bunny is 10 months old. Her appetite and behavior are
Bunny is 10 months old. Her appetite and behavior are normal. She's had diarrhea 3 days. Now it's just leaking out and she can't control it. No vomiting than I'm aware of but diarrhea smells like vomi… read more
Dr. B.
Dr. B.
Veterinary Degree (BVMS)
3,451 satisfied customers
My beagle is shaking nonstop and having diarrhea. Daisy and
She has been shaking sporadically for most of her life but its gotten a lot worse lately. We just picker her up from where we had to board her for six night and they said she didn't eat while she was there. She hasn't acted right all day and has been getting sick to her stomach… read more
PitRottMommy
PitRottMommy
Veterinary Nurse
Associate Degree
9,175 satisfied customers
Last night beagle 6 yr old beagle wouldn;t get up on couch
last night beagle 6 yr old beagle wouldn;t get up on couch but seemed otherwise fine. Tonight he is moving less and a bit of shaking occasionally. lots of lick lipping and lethargic now. Yelps occasio… read more
Dr. Kara
Dr. Kara
Doctoral Degree
5,383 satisfied customers
My lovebird loves to play with branch/leaves of garden trees
My lovebird loves to play with branch/leaves of garden trees (eg beech) but is it safe to poke a leafy branch into his cage? … read more
Scott Perry
Scott Perry
Veterinarian
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
1,522 satisfied customers
I have a beagle that is prone to seizures. When she has one
I have a beagle that is prone to seizures. When she has one she pants, gets clingy and restless. She did this last night and had what we thought was a seizure. But she hasn't gotten better. She still … read more
Dr. John
Dr. John
Veterinarian
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
5,049 satisfied customers
After several seizures my dog is completely incoherent and
After several seizures my dog is completely incoherent and can't walk. Is this normal … read more
Dr. Gabby
Dr. Gabby
Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
4,408 satisfied customers
My frenchie had multiple seizures this morning and is now
my frenchie had multiple seizures this morning and is now lethargic and panting heavily … read more
Dr. Kara
Dr. Kara
Doctoral Degree
5,383 satisfied customers
Mia, My 11 year-old Beagle mix keeps going to the door to be
Hi Mia,My 11 year-old Beagle mix keeps going to the door to be let out, but when I take him out he doesn't need to go and just wanders around. We also came home today to his poop and pee all over the … read more
Dr. Schmidt
Dr. Schmidt
Associate Veterinarian
DVM
490 satisfied customers
He's eating, drinking & playing. Today was the last day of
Hi. He's eating, drinking & playing. Today was the last day of deworming but he has a runny stool. … read more
Dr. Bruce
Dr. Bruce
Veterinarian
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
9,134 satisfied customers
He's 10 years old and being treated for seizures with
He's 10 years old and being treated for seizures with Zonismide and this evening he is uncoordinated and cannot walk. The vet says this is a side affect of the drug so I'm doing some research on your … read more
PitRottMommy
PitRottMommy
Veterinary Nurse
Associate Degree
9,175 satisfied customers
Male beagle being treated for a bladder infection, tonight
Male beagle being treated for a bladder infection, tonight he's acting like he's experiencing pain. Sits but doesn't want to lie down … read more
Dr. Ann M.
Dr. Ann M.
Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
1,592 satisfied customers
Our 115 lb Great Pyrenees is being treated for seizures. He
Our 115 lb Great Pyrenees is being treated for seizures. He gets 3 32mg pills every 12 hours. Tonight my husband gave him his pills an hour after I did... should I be extremely worried???… read more
divealot1
divealot1
DVM
7 satisfied customers
My beagle is 11 years old. She has been having seizures for
Hello. My beagle is 11 years old. She has been having seizures for about a year. Maybe one every 4 months or so. The doctors suspect tumor(s). She is on levetiracetam. She had a seizure yesterday and … read more
Dr. Meghan Denney
Dr. Meghan Denney
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine
1,852 satisfied customers
My dog is being treated for seizures with 250 Mg of
My dog is being treated for seizures with 250 Mg of Tevetercine (sp), but has had several seizures in the last few hours, she has been doing fine up until this started in the last 24 hours … read more
Dr. Altman
Dr. Altman
Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
9 satisfied customers
My 14-year-old beagle takes Keppra for seizures and needs
My 14-year-old beagle takes Keppra for seizures and needs meds for arthritis. We've used Previcox and Meloxicam. Does gabapentin interact negatively with Keppra? … read more
Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin
Veterinarian
DVM
3 satisfied customers
Disclaimer: Information in questions, answers, and other posts on this site ("Posts") comes from individual users, not JustAnswer; JustAnswer is not responsible for Posts. Posts are for general information, are not intended to substitute for informed professional advice (medical, legal, veterinary, financial, etc.), or to establish a professional-client relationship. The site and services are provided "as is" with no warranty or representations by JustAnswer regarding the qualifications of Experts. To see what credentials have been verified by a third-party service, please click on the "Verified" symbol in some Experts' profiles. JustAnswer is not intended or designed for EMERGENCY questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals.

Disclaimer: Information in questions, answers, and other posts on this site ("Posts") comes from individual users, not JustAnswer; JustAnswer is not responsible for Posts. Posts are for general information, are not intended to substitute for informed professional advice (medical, legal, veterinary, financial, etc.), or to establish a professional-client relationship. The site and services are provided "as is" with no warranty or representations by JustAnswer regarding the qualifications of Experts. To see what credentials have been verified by a third-party service, please click on the "Verified" symbol in some Experts' profiles. JustAnswer is not intended or designed for EMERGENCY questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals.

Show MoreShow Less

Ask Your Question

x