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Wed Jan 16, 2019, 07:26 PM

Help! Old dog issues.

My Westie will be 15yo this May. She was always a feisty, brave dog. Now that she is deaf and has vision problems, she has become very nervous.

I work at home, so I never had to deal with separation problems. When the family would go on vacation my mom would watch her with no problem (we havenít been on a vacation in about three years).

Now, Iím having to go away for a few days at a time. I leave my girl with my grown kids, who still live with me (theyíre in college). They tell me that the dog pants and cries all day and all night. I took her to the vet, and he determined that sheís very healthy and prescribed Prozac (which could take 2 months to kick in).

Now Iím wondering if it would be better if I take the dog with me when I go on these trips, but she would have to endure a train and NYC subways. Iím worried that this may stress her out even more, although sheíd be in a bag, near me the whole time. I feel so guilty, I just donít know what to do.

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onlyadream Jan 2019 OP
janterry Jan 2019 #1
sinkingfeeling Jan 2019 #3
onlyadream Jan 2019 #10
onlyadream Jan 2019 #14
yankeepants Jan 2019 #2
onlyadream Jan 2019 #15
Phoenix61 Jan 2019 #4
onlyadream Jan 2019 #13
randr Jan 2019 #5
onlyadream Jan 2019 #12
randr Jan 2019 #17
peacebuzzard Jan 2019 #21
msdogi Jan 2019 #6
shenmue Jan 2019 #7
sweetroxie Jan 2019 #8
onlyadream Jan 2019 #11
roody Jan 2019 #9
marybourg Jan 2019 #16
onlyadream Jan 2019 #18
iscooterliberally Jan 2019 #19
onlyadream Jan 2019 #20

Response to onlyadream (Original post)

Wed Jan 16, 2019, 07:31 PM

1. what do your kids try?

Do they have her favorite treats? Do they stuff a toy so that she has something to stimulate her? Is she trained for a crate? (if she is, do they try that?)

What happens when you go shopping? Just to the store? What distracts her then?

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Response to janterry (Reply #1)

Wed Jan 16, 2019, 07:36 PM

3. Did your vet do blood work? A dog that pants all the time

may have Cushings or if she is also drinking a lot, could be diabetes.

Sorry I was replying to OP.

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Response to sinkingfeeling (Reply #3)

Wed Jan 16, 2019, 10:11 PM

10. Yes he did and all was good. Nt

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Response to janterry (Reply #1)

Wed Jan 16, 2019, 10:22 PM

14. They give treats and play with her (I saw the toys out so I knew they tried that).

She used to love her crate and then when her hearing started to go she started getting anxiety in it (panting and scratching to get out). I ended up packing it away.

Usually she sleeps all day so I run errands without her knowing, but I think sheís okay when she does notice. I believe itís when she realizes Iím not there for a few hours.

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Response to onlyadream (Original post)

Wed Jan 16, 2019, 07:33 PM

2. Try trazadone

It is an anti anxiety med that works immediately. Totally takes the edge off without making them daft. Best of luck with your little one.

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Response to yankeepants (Reply #2)

Wed Jan 16, 2019, 10:23 PM

15. I'll definitely look into that, thanks!

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Response to onlyadream (Original post)

Wed Jan 16, 2019, 07:42 PM

4. I wouldn't take her with you.

Don't know what you wear to sleep but whatever it is, leave it with her. What does she do when you go to the grocery store, etc?

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Response to Phoenix61 (Reply #4)

Wed Jan 16, 2019, 10:18 PM

13. She sleeps a lot

So I think I leave and come back without her knowing.

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Response to onlyadream (Original post)

Wed Jan 16, 2019, 08:16 PM

5. I started my lab on Doggie CBD a while back

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Response to randr (Reply #5)

Wed Jan 16, 2019, 10:17 PM

12. I started the CBD on her a few weeks before Christmas

And havenít noticed any difference. I hope at the very least that it helps her vision.

How much do you give and how often? And how long before you saw a change?

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Response to onlyadream (Reply #12)

Thu Jan 17, 2019, 12:06 AM

17. About 30mm once a day on her dry food

I also have her brother, a large black lab, who is still a teenager. Very active. The same dose has mellowed him out.

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Response to randr (Reply #5)

Fri Jan 18, 2019, 03:28 PM

21. I suggest this as well

I have used Canna Companion products by Dr Sarah Brandon. It is a life saving safe and natural med.

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Response to onlyadream (Original post)

Wed Jan 16, 2019, 08:32 PM

7. A thunder shirt might help

It's like a thick jacket.

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Response to onlyadream (Original post)

Wed Jan 16, 2019, 08:35 PM

8. It's probably dementia setting in

I recently lost my 16.5 year old dog and her last year and a half was like what you describe. She panted and seemed anxious (for no obvious reason). Started panting in the car. Started peeing in the house. Just wasn't herself anymore. It's hard

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Response to sweetroxie (Reply #8)

Wed Jan 16, 2019, 10:15 PM

11. Ugh, that's horrible.

She sleeps on my bed, hubby doesnít like it but tough on him..and lately she will suddenly sit up and tilt her head back, all while trembling. She does this several times a night every night. I try to comfort her but she kind of ignores me.

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Response to onlyadream (Original post)

Wed Jan 16, 2019, 08:48 PM

9. Her home is the best place for her.

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Response to onlyadream (Original post)

Wed Jan 16, 2019, 10:24 PM

16. I don't believe you're allowed to take non-service animals

on the NYC subway. At least that was the law when
I lived there.

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Response to marybourg (Reply #16)

Thu Jan 17, 2019, 10:42 AM

18. As long as theyre being carried in some kind of bag it's okay.

If you google it, youíll see some people being quite creative with large dogs.

https://people.com/pets/pet-dogs-must-be-in-a-carrier-to-ride-the-n-y-c-subway-so-big-dog-owners-are-getting-creative/

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Response to onlyadream (Original post)

Thu Jan 17, 2019, 12:12 PM

19. My Samson is about 14 we think.

He has another dog and a bunch of cats that he lives with. He sleeps most of the time like your dog does. His worst phobias are thunderstorms and fireworks. What I do is put his thunder-shirt on and give him a couple of Benadryl. The Benadryl takes about 15-20 minutes to kick in. It only lasts about 4 hours, but it calms him down and helps him get through. Samson is around 80 pounds and I give him two tablets when needed. We don't have to do this a lot as he is calm most of the time. I would check with your vet about Benadryl before trying it though. If you give your dog too much it can have the opposite effect. The other thing I would suggest is as much walking around the neighborhood as your dog can handle. For my Samson this sometimes means putting the leash on and going out the front door to stand in the driveway for 10 minutes. He doesn't want to go far anymore, but the time and attention help him stay calm. Nervousness or anxiety are excess energies that need to be spent. Although your dog probably can't do all the things that she used to do, any activity that keeps her engaged for a little while will help dissipate some of that excess energy. It's great that your children are helping out too. I would encourage that over taking your dog on the road with you. Good luck with your Westie!

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Response to iscooterliberally (Reply #19)

Thu Jan 17, 2019, 02:42 PM

20. Thanks!

I was thinking about something like Benadryl, but for sure I would run it by the vet first. At least to get her through the nights when I'm not home.
I agree about the energy, I do try, but I can do better.

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