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generalized anxiety in a previously chill dog

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    generalized anxiety in a previously chill dog

    Hi all, this is my first post here. Before I describe the situation, I need to state that I have already posted on two other dog forums and have gotten some good responses. I guess at this point I'm looking for understanding and a listening ear more than anything else because I'm at my wits' end. We have a great dog, a female (spayed) mixed breed, about 50 lb, her name is KD. Super easy dog, no prior issues (other than vet fear), never barks, loves people and dogs. About three months ago she started to develop random anxiety attacks. Not related to ANYTHING we can pinpoint at all. Out of the blue, she will start panting, pacing, running to the door, pawing me, tail tucked, ears back. This may last five minutes or it may last an hour. It is always relieved by leaving the house. She's had a thorough physical, there is nothing wrong physically. She seems fine in other people's houses - so we had our house pest controlled, carpets cleaned, even burnt some sage (!!) About three weeks ago we had an appointment with a behavior specialist ($450) KD is now on Trazodone 125mg twice a day, plus 1mg of Klonopin twice a day. This has helped some, for sure. At least now, she's able to sleep through the night, so we can get some rest. Still, she's not the dog she used to be. She still gets at least three "attacks" a day and I have no idea where to go from here...I want my old dog back and most of all, I NEED to know what upsets her so badly. If it was some high pitched noise that we can't hear, wouldn't the neighbor's dog react to that as well? I'm being forced to come to terms with the fact that this is some mental defect but in that case, she will need more meds to control the periods of fear that are not yet controlled.

    We have a cat - but we've had him for almost as long as KD and it was never a problem, so I don't see why it would be one now all of a sudden. I'm wondering if she'd be better off on a farm somewhere, where she can run free all day...

    Like I say, at my wits end here

    Thank you for listening

    G

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    Have you tried a thundershirt? That may make her feel more secure and hopefully relieve some of her anxiety. Something had to have scared her, if there is no physical reason for her panic attacks it has to be that something scared her and for whatever reason she is reliving it in her mind. Not much you can do except reassure her and hope in time she comes around. You say she was vet checked and all was fine, did you have an mri done? I'm wondering if its some imbalance in the brain, that would account for the erratic behavior. I understand it can't be easy living with a dog with her issues but she is yours for better or worse and giving her up will only cause more anxiety for her.
    he is your friend and protector, he will love you unconditionally, you owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion

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    she wiggles and struggles and won't let me put the thundershirt on. I don't want to force it on her and cause her more anxiety, making it appear like I'm trying to harm her. We have tried the pheromone collar with zero results. We did not have an MRI done and I think it might be time to consider it. Still, she spent two weeks at my stepdaughter's house and apparently showed no anxiety symptoms there again leading me to believe it's the house. We're actually considering putting the house on the market. If we are forced to give her up, it would be to my daughter up in Canada. KD knows her and her family well and my daughter has a large house with two acres of land on Lake Ontario. Some adjustment and anxiety for sure but if permanent relief can't be found, I don't see another solution...as it is ALL of us are anxious and losing sleep

    Thank you for your thoughtful input. I appreciate it. I need reassurance more than anything

    G

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    If its in the dog's best interest you have to do what you feel is right. If she is going to someone she knows and already loves that may be the answer you seek. Good luck with whatever you decide.
    he is your friend and protector, he will love you unconditionally, you owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion

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