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Many of you know Snoopy, others are new here and I havent posted in a while.

Adoped Snoopy from the shelter 1.5 yrs ago. He was thin, scars, scarred to death.

I live in a high rise in Chicago, downtown, so naturally I would expect him to be scared, anxious, ect.

Over the past year, he has ony become better in his fear in the fact that he does not visibly SHAKE in the elevator....but still hides behind my legs if other people are around.

We have tried so hard to help build his confidence..read books, ect..but Snoopy is still as scared, even MORE so than a year ago.

I thought all things would be ok when we thought we were getting a house next month, a small yard, but that fell through and we will be in another appartmnent in July.

For Snoopy's sake, Im wondering if I can get the vet to give something for his anxiety...not only for us, but mostly for him!!

I hate to see him suffer the way he does...even on daily walks, down the same path every day, if someone is behind us, he turns around and waits for them to pass by b/c he is so scarred. At night, he is scarred of his shadow and wont pee..it is horrible and I want him to feel happy and comfortable. He is only happy and the real him in our appartment!!

So now we dont know what to do...we want Snoopy to be happy and confident, and we are thinking about moving to the next level of drugs, which I really do not want to do..but if it will help him be happy, ill do it.

I really need some advice and opinions if you can help us

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I could hear in this post how concerned you are for Snoopy...

Call the vet and tell them all about this. Then TELL them you want to try the Prozac and see if this helps him with his anxieties. If it helps us humans, its gotta help our pups.

My brothers cat is on it and it really has helped him. He was peeing all over the house when he or his wife traveled. Now he is back to using the litterbox...

Keep us updated...
 

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I would definitely discuss this with my vet and see if there is anything to be tried as far as medications. Best of luck with this and keep us posted!!
 

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Agreed!

You've given Snoopy's fears more than enough time to abate. Talk to your vet about prozac. I believe there is also a new drug just released for anxiety (wasn't there a post about it several months ago? not sure, but your vet will know)

Good Luck Manda!
 

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Amanda, I would definitely talk to your vet about drug therapy. Even if you just use it as a cushion while you work on behavior therapy. That's what we did with Jersey for her separation anxiety. We used Clomipromine to help her while we did training to get her over her separation anxiety. Unfortunately, about 6 months later she relapsed. She's not showing any progress with the behavioral therapy we've been trying so I'm considering putting her back on the medication. It doesn't have to be permanent. Our vet explained it to us this way...use the drugs to make the training go easier. Then, once she starts to progress in her training, we can slowly start to wean her from the drugs. Hopefully, the combination of the two will work to get Snoopy through this.
 

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Amanda I can only second all thats been said. We are also going through a hard time with Susi who is peeing in the house even after an hours walk. I was also wondering about such medication. Please ask your vet what he/she thinks. I might do the same myself. Good luck.
Also, sorry to hear about your house, are you still moving? :heart:
 

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Amanda, my Maggie has been on Prozac for two years. She was started on Prozac after extensive diagnostic work and consultations with specialists. Maggie had severe anxiety attacks and exhibited several obsessive/compulsive behaviors. The Prozac never helped reduce or eliminate the anxiety attacks and we now realize that they are all pain-driven. The Prozac did, however, help with some of the OCD behaviors and she slept much better at night. With Maggie's current health problems, we decided to cut her dose in half and expect that we will do another reduction in the near future. Not sure any of this will help you but wanted to relay our experience with Prozac.
 

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I don't have any experience with Prozac but reading your description of your life with Snoopy I thought I was reading about us. I am definitely interested in the advice you get and where you go with this.

We also adopted our youngest rescue Popcorn about a year and a half ago and she is also only able to be "together" (I like how you say that Snoopy is the "real him" ... I know EXACTLY what you mean) once the elevator door closes and we are on our way back up to our apartment. That assumes that no one else is in the elevator - if there is someone in the elevator then we have to wait until we get in our front door (we also live in an urban environment in downtown Vancouver) for Popcorn to relax. When we are outside the building, or even in the lobby downstairs, the least noise or ANYTHING that is even mildly out of the ordinary will send her right back into a shivering bundle of nerves and it is as if we have come nowhere in the past year and a half. Her tail is never up when we are outside - except maybe at the dog park sometimes but even there there are times when she is freaked out now and will just stand and bark at someone like she is insane (and in that respect she has definitely gotten worse since we first got her - since at first she did seem to be okay at the dog park and would run with the other dogs as if she didn't have a care in the world). She also has an extremely calm and well-adjusted older brother and sister to protect her almost all of the same time - we rarely take her on walks by herself because she usually just plants herself on the ground and refuses to move forward and it becomes a drag, not a walk. I so want her to be more confident and some days I think we are getting there - then we'll have a day where she is so scared that it is all we can do to get her calm for a minute so she can pee before running back into the building...

Good luck - I do so look forward to hearing what you decide to do and, if you go the medication route, to find out how it works for Snoopy (and you).
 

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Oh, poor Snoops! /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/frown.gif

How awful it must be to be so afraid.

A guy that my husband works with(he's an MD, wife is a very smart RN) have their greyhound on Zoloft. I forgot the dosage but can find out for you.

They are very happy with the results and according to them, there is no need for blood work-up as with some other drugs.

~Denise
 

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Wow, thank you all for your VERY ENCOURAGING posts.

I just realized tonight that the ComfortZone outlet plug in is out...I think that may be part of the reason he seems to have been getting worse over the past week or so.

But in any case, I really think that starting him on something may be what we need to do as there are going to be SO MANY changes in the next month...I will definately talk to my vet about this!!!

We will still be moving to California, to Newport Beach, about 5 miles South of where we were going to buy the house. It is dog friendly and a 2 miles from the beach/harbor. It will be an appartment, which Im sad about b/c I want a yard for Snoopy to run in, but we are closer to Irvine, which has a 3 acre dog park, all enclosed...whoo hoo!

Thanks again!
Amanda and "scared" Snoops
 
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