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The Girls...


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What about the Prozac thing? Is this OK?
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Miss Anxiety


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Miss Overly Protective


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My Mattie is on Prozac and it has really helped her.  It isn't a quick and easy cure.  It takes a while to take effect and I still have to work with her to help her overcome her fears.  Mattie has gotten more confident and bold and she is willing to do things that would have sent her running in terror before Prozac.  There is a veterinarian in our agility class and she noticed the changes after Mattie had been on the Prozac for a couple of months.  It made me feel good that someone else had noticed her improvement.

Your pups are so pretty!  I'm glad you are getting help, I can't imagine having to re-home one of my dogs, it would break my heart.
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#56
Your girls are gorgeous. The photo of Miss overprotective is a cracker. I am glad T&M'sM was able to give share some first hand experience with the Prozac, that has to be reassuring.
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#57
Great pictures of the girls. Happy you are comfortable with the behaviorist. I believe our dogs are worth all the work we put into them and I know you will do a great job.

I have had 2 dogs on Prozac with the opposite reaction. I did have much better calming from using flower essence. https://www.iherb.com/pr/Flower-Essence-...AqQJ8P8HAQ

I know of some owners who have better calming with melatonin also. Every dog is different and will react differently so there is no way of knowing what is best without trying it. 

I wish you all the best with your girls. I know you can do this.
Linda

One Border Collie Is Never Enough

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#58
Only borders, I have used Bachs flower remedies on 2 horses with success.
I really like to try natural initially.
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#59
The Prozac has worked so well for Mattie that I was surprised when I found out that it doesn't work or has negative effects with other dogs.  Before Prozac I tried Rescue Remedy, Melatonin, NaturVet Quiet Moments Calming Aid, HomeoPet Anxiety Relief, and Zylkene.  I also used Adaptil for so long that everyone I met assumed that I liked to play dress up with Mattie since I would spray it on a bandana that she would wear all day.  I sprayed Adaptil in the car and on her bedding.  I even got a diffuser that works in the car so I could try essential oils and another diffuser for the house.  Nothing seemed to work so I asked my vet about Prozac.  

Tasha is only afraid of thunderstorms, fireworks, and severe wind storms (I think because of the change in pressure?).  I haven't seen any help with Melatonin but I  like it because it doesn't make her lethargic.  I think the Zylkene might be helpful.  I have tried to give it for storms but it is always after she becomes stressed.  I'm planning to give it a try on July 4th since I know when the fireworks start so the supplement can start working before Tasha gets stressed.
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Melatonin doesn't do anything for my dogs. But a friend uses it and has great results. 

Before storm season, fireworks and hunting I start using the flower essence in their water. Usually about a week prior. That really seems to help. 
With Obi I used a thunder shirt last summer during the storms. The shirt helped so much that he was able to retain his brain and I was able to work with him through the storms and now we don't need it unless it is a huge non stop thunder storm. Then I put it on him just so he can have some type of reassurance. With normal storms he defaults to me no matter where I am and he is good with that.
I have also put a few drops of lavendar on the underside of the shirt and on their beds for help in calming. 

During hunting season we have no way of know when the shots will start so I give him Benedryl since it doesn't have a long term effect. That works well for Obi. He can still be anxious but he isn't in the wild crazy eye darting, shaking, flight mode he used to be in. 

We have tried many things to make life as happy for our dogs as possible. I wish there was one or two easy ways to accomplish this but that's not the case. It's only through trial and error that we hopefully find something that works best for them.
Linda

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