- 4 years ago
- Wedding: October 2014
FI and I just adopted an amazing pooch that we renamed Rocco. He is a GREAT dog, but because of his history of being treated horribly, he is very scared of everything. He also has separation anxiety, where he whines and sometimes barks while ripping up his bed/towel. We live in an apartment, so the barking is not going to fly. I’ve been working with him, and for a while he seemed to be improving. So much so that I felt it was ok to leave for about 45 minutes. I was watching him on webcam, and he was doing great… until the smoke detector battery died and it started beeping horrendously loud in the room he was in. Then the freak out began. Now I can’t leave him for 5 seconds without him whining. I’m more than happy to do the work to get him better, but let’s face it, never leaving your house is not exactly reasonable for anybody. We’ve tried the thundershirt, and it didn’t do much. We went to the vet for help and were sold $75 worth of “pheremone” products that are supposed to calm dogs, and that was an epic waste of money, not to mention the $50 visit fee and other exam fees we were charged for whatever reason.
I’m really at a loss. I don’t at all mind working with him to get him better, but in the meantime, I need to not get evicted. He is, in general, very nervous, and all of our walks consist of him tucking his tail between his legs whenever a leaf passes, let alone another person.
Has anybody used flouxetine for their dogs with anxiety? I’m wondering if this would help take the edge off so I can actually work with him. Any suggestions are greatly appreciated!