my sweet Dagny…
So, I may have mentioned this in passing before, but Dagny has anxiety. It’s usually just around thunderstorms, or uncomfortable situations, or random noises, and passes rather quickly, but she’s been pretty constantly sad and anxious (shaky and withdrawn) for a few weeks. We have been using a pheromone diffuser for a year or so and we think that has helped so far keep her to random episodes, but it’s not helping anymore. She also has a pheromone collar on, and I even downloaded FIVE HOURS of terrible instrumental music that’s supposed to be soothing to dogs and have tried that off and on.
She’s also not eating regularly, which isn’t terribly unusual, but now, she seems to transform into her old, playful, happy self when she does eat. She’ll not eat in the mornings, only at night, but only 1/4 to 1/2 of what’s she’s “supposed” to be eating for her size.
Ugh. (for reference, we think she’s about 4 and we rescued her a few years ago from the shelter where she’d been for several months already…)
She stays in my closet upstairs, or in my bathroom curled up on the rug on the hard floor. She won’t eat treats even, unless they’re REALLY good ones, and she’s not interested in playing. She’ll go outside and she’s fine outside, but will sometimes stop in her tracks and not want to move; I have to push her from behind to make her get going again.
I’ve been resisting it for so long, but we’re going to talk to the vet tomorrow about anti-anxiety medication – she could also be sick or have a stomach virus or something too, so we’ll rule that out first. Leo’s talked to the vet about it before, and she suggested prozac, but we declined, opting instead to try other means. We’ve also tried the “calming” treats with melatonin in them, but when she’s anxious, she’s not even interested in treats, so she won’t eat them.
It makes me sad to see her this way, and because I am overly-empathetic, I feed off of her energy and then, of course, she feeds off mine and it all becomes worse; we’re pathetic. I don’t want to medicate her for my own peace of mind – if that makes sense – I want to find something effective that will bring her back to her happy, playful self.
Has anyone medicated their dog for anxiety? Or tried other means? What has your experience been?