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Old 01-17-2013, 10:08 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Maddie's anxiety became so bad we now have her on daily medication. I'm not happy about it, but we're remodeling our kitchen and bathrooms starting tomorrow, and medicating her was the best option.

She's almost 6, and over time she's gotten worse and worse with her fears until I couldn't do any housework, bring in a delivered package, nor even make any kind ofn sudden sound like dropping something or setting something down on the counter,

She would immediately go into a locked mode of pacing all through the house, shaking and panting, or would beg to go outside. If we let her out, she would be too terrified to come back in the house, even hours after the frightening event was over.

When locked in, she didn't respond to us at all. We weren't even there with her, as far as she acted. I find this so distressing that I've sat and cried after trying to calm or reassure Maddie. Nothing bad or traumatic has ever happened to her. There is NO reason for her growing anxiety and fear.

She has grown from not caring about fireworks or thunder and so on, to being scared out of her mind by ordinary sounds like loading the dishwasher or opening and closing closet doors.

We boarded her recently at the veterinary while we went on a trip to visit family in another state, and when I called in to check on her, they told me she was so distressed and frightened the veterinary made the decision to medicate her, after attempts to calm her had failed. She was so hoarse when we picked her up, her voice was nearly gone from barking and crying.

Has anyone had this problem, and what did you do about it? A Thundershirt hasn't helped much at all, and she even gets anxious with the daily medication. I am completely at a loss on what else to do to help our sweet Maddie; it makes me cry. Is there anything we can do?
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Old 01-17-2013, 10:24 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Oh dear, I'm so sorry! Emily is twin to your pup, she is just plain terrified of everything. The only thing that has helped is having a second dog.

She is just plain terrified of every single person other than my husband and me. Sounds, fluttering Kleenex, the television scare her. Sometimes it's like she forgets who I am and is scared of me for a moment. I know it's so hard to manage. Desensitizing is likely the answer, but I have the feeling that your household is as quiet and private as mine and your pup thrives on the calm routine.

I hope to read some good responses on this thread, what medication is she on?
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Old 01-17-2013, 10:53 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I sorta had this problem, but it was with a cat.

I had Punkin for several years and she was a-ok with everything. When I got married, I boarded her for my honeymoon. They called my folks (emergency contact) she wouldn't eat, totally freaked out. So they had my parents take her back to my townhouse to stay and have them take care of her there.

Mom left a note to let me know what was going on, yet Punkin was completely a different cat. I think something happened to her at the kennel that they did not disclose.

Sadly, after medication and much love, she did not recover from whatever trauma happened to her. She became very aggressive and nasty towards people & dogs (not the case before).

I sincerely hope that you can find a good resolution to Maddie's problems.
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Old 01-18-2013, 08:23 AM   #4 (permalink)
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that is the problem with fearful behaviors they are self rewarding and get worse over time. You should consult with a behaviorist to work on behavior mod in conjunction with medication.
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One thing you must do is stay calm yourself she will sense your frustration and she can react to that. The more anxious you feel because of her hearing something or how she will react will feed her so stay calm.This is not going to fix everything but her reactions may lessen some
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One thing you must do is stay calm yourself she will sense your frustration and she can react to that.
very true its is why you can't train a dog when anxious, angry or fustrated.
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Oh Dear San and Maddie sorry to hear this. No experience but like Mikey suggested I would get a good behaviourist. txx
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Old 01-19-2013, 06:14 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Maddie has a veterinary appointment on the 26th; we'll be talking to her about options. Tomorrow the kitchen renovation begins...hopefully the meds will help Maddie get through it.
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Old 01-19-2013, 11:33 AM   #9 (permalink)
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I really can't help you with this because thankfully I've not reallyi had one like this, although I had one who really hated the show ring and wouldn't make the most of herself at a show, so I pulled her and she became a home body. I can only think that something has happened to her in her past to cause all this - Bassets, like elephants, never forget. Or that it's something medical. I know you say she reacts to sound, but I'm just wondering whether she might be partially deaf. Do dogs suffer with tinnitus, which could be affecting her hearing. Or does she actually react to the action that makes the noise rather than the noise itself.

I've suggested before on here, a product called Kalm Aid which is available in the UK and is successful in dealing with anticipated situation (fireworks etc.). I know these tablets worked really well with my boy who was making heavy weather of some surgery he had to take off two masses on his tail set-on, and at the same time anal gland problems. Rather than give him Tramadol, he had these which not only worked, but had no side-effects.

Unfortunately this could simply be something in her genes - this breed is one that has become too popular for it's own good, meaning loads of BYBs are producing some with non-typical temperaments.

I hope you get to the bottom of all this, poor girl.
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Good point, I think Emily's fear is based on her eyes being so droopy that she doesn't see well.

That, or she was the last born of a large litter, and by the time she came out, God had no more courage left in his bucket of goodies and had to give her extra heart
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