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Golden retriever with significant anxiety and new hot spots

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Golden retriever with significant anxiety and new hot spots to feet (2nd time now, same foot) after I started a new full-time job 1 month ago. Kids or dad always home when I'm gone (RN working 3-11 shift) but he is a mama's boy. I read your allergy suggestions and agree 100%. He is on Raw Instict frozen since 6mo of age. BUT I know the kids sneak him people food treats!!! Anyway I am suspecting anxiety as the source due to being correlated with my new job start. I suspect he licks his foot as a nervous habit. Suggestions for non-prescription anxiety treatment please? He is a non-pure breed "pure breed" as he is 2inches taller and 2inches longer than standard golden, weighing in at 103# ***** an ounce of fat on him, despite classic golden appearance (coat type, coloring and behavior).
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Denise, Dog Veterinarian replied 4 months ago
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Denise, Dog Veterinarian replied 4 months ago

I'm so sorry to hear that Bear is having anxiety.

It sounds like he is developing an obsessive/self soothing behavior licking the same foot.

For non-prescription anxiety relief, my first recommendation is a Thundershirt. They cost about $40 and are available online as well as in local pet stores. They work as a soothing mechanism for more than just storms, along the same philosophy as swaddling a baby or a weighted blanket for an autistic child.

https://www.chewy.com/thundershirt-anxiety-calming/dp/41102?utm_source=google-product&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=hg&utm_content=ThunderShirt&utm_term=&gclid=CjwKCAjwranNBRBhEiwASu908CNu2HlWPG4OGdXO9NkKx17f-8F8N9h6A03MtHBA1mnzlvYiCoX_GxoCOP8QAvD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds

Next, pheromone therapy can be very helpful for some dogs. My preferred product is the Adaptil collar shown here:

https://www.chewy.com/comfort-zone-adaptil-calming-comfort/dp/126835

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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Denise, Dog Veterinarian replied 4 months ago
Hi,

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

Denise Cudiamat
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