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What is Extreme Fear and Anxiety?

Excessive fear and anxiety is a common problem in dogs. Anxiety related disorders can take many forms. Separation anxiety associated with the dog being left alone is the most common; some experts estimate that about 14 % of dogs suffer from this disorder to some extent. Other common triggers for anxiety behaviors are loud noises, riding in the car, or any confined space. Excessive anxiety, especially toward a specific and inexplicable trigger, is called a phobia. Dogs can develop phobias in response to unlikely triggers like people with glasses, children, or even toasters. Excessive anxiety and phobias in relation to different people and strange situation are commonly the result of poor socialization at a young age. There are several specific windows in a dog’s development when socialization is very important: between eight and fourteen weeks of age, when puppies first start to become shy of strangers, and between five and eight months,  as they may develop fear and aggression toward unfamiliar groups of people. It is extremely important to expose dogs as much as possible to new situations and people in these time periods, always in a non-threatening way so that they feel comfortable and safe and don’t develop irrational fear or anxiety triggers. Occasionally dogs can acquire unusual phobias later in life especially during a stressful or traumatic time period. Genetic factors can also play a part. Many dogs are predisposed to develop anxiety disorders based on their breed or temperament. Fearful behavior can quickly turn into aggression, so dogs with anxiety disorders make less good pets and can even be dangerous, especially around small children. Dogs that develop fear or anxiety can sometimes be reconditioned to reduce the behavior to a manageable level, however this requires more work than initial socialization when a puppy’s age makes him predisposed to adjust and learn new information.

Fear is a normal response to some situations, but extreme fear or anxiety in dogs is a sign of behavior problems. Anxiety related behaviors can become aggressive quickly, so teaching your dog to avoid these responses can be a very important part of training.

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Symptoms of Extreme Fear and Anxiety in Dogs

These are some of the signs that might indicate your dog is excessively fearful or anxious.

  • Pacing
  • Posturing with flattened ears and tail between the legs
  • Cowering and hiding
  • Hair raised on the back of the neck
  • Drooling
  • Trembling
  • Panting
  • Whining or whimpering
  • Yawning
  • Dilated pupils
  • Excessive grooming
  • Chronic barking
  • Chewing on objects such as furniture or shoes
  • Incontinence of bowels or urine
  • Growling
  • Snapping

Types

These are the most common types of anxiety in dogs.

  • Separation anxiety – occurs when the owner leaves or whenever the dog is left alone
  • Noise anxiety – loud noises such as thunder, fireworks, or noisy trucks
  • Travel anxiety – becomes anxious riding in the car
  • Confinement anxiety – reacts negatively to confined spaces
  • Phobia – unexplained anxiety reaction in relation to various triggers

Causes of Extreme Fear and Anxiety in Dogs

Many factors can be related to excessive fear and anxiety in dogs. These are some of the most common.

  • Poor socialization in early life
  • Predisposition due to breed or temperament
  • A stressful or traumatic event
  • A medical condition or illness
  • Age related degeneration in the brain

Diagnosis of Extreme Fear and Anxiety in Dogs

Most anxiety disorders develop in the first year and a half of a dog’s life, so this is the time to watch your dog closely and discuss any abnormal reactions with the veterinarian. Anxiety disorders are first diagnosed through the careful attention of the owner, so you should watch your dog and document unusual behaviors in a log if necessary. The veterinarian will examine your dog physically to determine if there is a medical condition that could be causing or contributing to your dog’s symptoms. If you have any information about the dog’s breeding history or the temperament of the parents this will be relevant. In older dogs, past experience can also be extremely important since a history of abuse will often give the dog a lifelong predisposition toward anxiety. Some dogs may also develop more pronounced anxiety as they age.

Treatment of Extreme Fear and Anxiety in Dogs

Depending on the severity of the problem, the veterinarian may give you training exercises to do at home or recommend an animal behavior specialist for more extensive reconditioning. The best way to react to signs of anxiety in your dog is not to encourage it. Petting or comforting the dog may be the most natural response for an owner, but the dog will see this as encouragement to continue. Putting a dog through his typical training routine during an anxiety attack may seem harsh, but it will help assure the dog that things are normal and can discourage the behavior in the future. To the dog, you are the leader of his pack, so if you act as if everything is fine, the dog will assume this is true.

Dogs with more developed anxiety disorders and phobias may need to be desensitized by exposing them to a mild version of the trigger first. Through repeated exposure and training the dog will become desensitized and learn there is nothing to fear. Treats and rewards for good behavior can help to reinforce the process. In extreme cases, classes or private sessions with a behavior therapist may be necessary to help your dog overcome anxiety. This is especially true if your dog is older and has a history of abuse.

Recovery of Extreme Fear and Anxiety in Dogs

Proper socialization can usually reduce symptoms of anxiety in young dogs before the disorder becomes a serious problem. Older dogs that develop isolated phobias can often be retrained also. If the dog has a very anxious temperament, you may need to maintain a carefully regimented response to anxiety behaviors and continue long-term training exercises to manage the problem. Rescue dogs or older dogs with severe anxiety may be difficult to retrain regardless of the effort you put in. You may have to compensate for this by avoiding situations that trigger anxiety as much as possible. The veterinarian may be able to give you medication for isolated instances, especially car trips.

Extreme Fear and Anxiety Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Maggie
Yorkshire Terrier
3 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Biting, growling, shaking, tremors,

We took in a foster Yorkie about 2 weeks ago. Her owner had to go onto a nursing home and the dog was left alone in an apartment for a month, with only someone coming in to feed. She is extremely aggressive but her bites are not intended to draw blood, just to make us leave her alone. She shakes and has tremors when we pick her up. I know her elderly owner could not lift her. She yelps and squeals to object to being touched or lifted. Her owner did not train her or demand anything from her. She will not walk on a leash although that has improved. We take her down the street and have her walk back home just to drain some energy. She also doesn't play with toys at all.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is going to take some time for Maggie to adjust the habit of two years, it will take longer than two weeks. You’ve seen some improvement when walking, but it is going to take a bit longer and you should allow Maggie to become more comfortable in her new surrounds and being around you. I have popped a link below to some training guides, have a look through and there is a section at the bottom of each guide where you can ask a certified dog trainer a question who would be able to go into more detail with you on this. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM https://wagwalking.com/training/behavior

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Cooper
Koolie
1 Year
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Panting
Growling
Drooling
barking
Hiding
Snapping

Our dog has become anxious around other people and dogs and it got the point today when he tried to bite the vet giving him his vaccine. About 8 months ago, he ate something and had to have it removed, and this was about the time we wanted him in puppy school. After his surgery we were told to keep him away while he recovered, and now he barks, pants, snaps, growls non-stop any time he sees another person. Any time he gets hurt, he seems to blame my husband and becomes aggressive towards him too. I'm not sure how to handle it anymore, as I've tried relaxation massages, calming tablets (he doesn't seem to do well with grains, so we had to stop), and I've tried just ignoring him when he gets nervous and starts barking. I've just found out I am pregnant and we're in the middle of trying to pool together enough money to see a specialist. Any advice?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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These cases are never straight forward since you need to change an ingrained behaviour, there are training methods which may be used but require 100% dedication on your side (both you and your husband) in order to get this under control. The links below are to training guides of ours which outline different methods for you to try; also there is a section where you can ask a question to a certified dog trainer for any follow up questions. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM https://wagwalking.com/training/be-calm-around-strangers https://wagwalking.com/training/not-attack-strangers

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Blizzard
American Eskimo
7 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Aggression
scared of men
Incontinence of urine
barking non stop

Medication Used

Prozac

My friend dog has been scared of men since he was a puppy 8 weeks old. This dog has been around my husband his whole life but still doesn't like him. The owner has been in the hospital for 3 months and dog still not coming around. He barks all the time to the point he is hoarse. He becomes aggressive at times. We have tried medication without change. Had a behaviorist work with him for a short time. If I am home he is so close to me and won't have anything to do with my husband, but if I am gone he might allow my husband to pet him. We have tried having only my husband giving him food and water, me ignoring him. I am at my wits end with this dog. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Unfortunately, without being able to evaluate him, I'm not able to offer very much more insight other than what you have already tried, with medications and a behavioral trainer. It may be with Blizzard that you can't change that behavior, and he may need a different care giver until his owner is out of the hospital if you can't accept his behaviors. I hope that everything goes well for him, and his owner.

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Lindsey
Maltese Shih Tzu
Five Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Hiding
running away
Shaking
Loss of Appetite

I have a 5 year old Malshi who has always been self assured and calm. Suddenly she has developed acute anxiety - shaking, hiding under the bed, running away when let outside, loss of appetite, reluctance to drink water, etc. Had the vet do a blood panel and all was good. She gave us Trazodone, but the poor thing just sleeps all day with that. Not a great way to live, I'd say.
We have no idea what the trigger is. It's been going on for a couple of weeks. Sometimes it starts in the house, sometimes outside, all different times of day. It usually lasts for several hours before she'll venture out from under the bed.
Her favorite thing is going for a ride on my scooter. I have a pouch she rides in and she is in heaven during our rides. The other day she freaked out in the middle of our ride and I had to rush her home she was shaking so hard. Today it happened twice. No sooner did she get over the first attack, than she started all over again. We have no idea what might be causing it. Help?!?!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is difficult to say what the underlying cause of this behaviour is, it certainly seems behavioural but without triggers or a recent traumatic event it is difficult to pin down. You should check the article below and there is a section towards the bottom where you can ask advice from a certified dog trainer. I cannot think of anything from a medical point of view to help you. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM https://wagwalking.com/training/stop-being-fearful

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Archer
Border Collie mixed with Australian Shepherd
One Year
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Aggression

My dog does this thing whenever she’s crowded with a lot of noise around her. For example, my other dog got stuck under something while trying to reach the bone the two of them had been chewing on and started whining loudly while Archer (the pup this is about) kept chewing on the part of the bone she had. I went to help Aspen out and Archer barked and did something that looked like she was attacking Aspen but she didn’t seem to bite her (that I know of it was all very quick) and she didn’t back off of her until I pulled her away, she was fine after that. But I’m not sure what this is. Is it an anxiety or budding aggression? I also don’t know if it’s the crowding or noise that triggers her or if it’s both. When I walk the two together, I use a leash coupler to walk them both usually, we walk past dogs that will bark at them and she does something similar to what she did in the precious story. This happens pretty rarely but when it does I get worried.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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I don't blame you for being worried. Unfortunately, without assessing her, I can't comment on what might be causing those behaviors. It would be best to have a trainer work with her, and Aspen, and you, to determine the triggers for her behavior and work with her to correct that behavior. If you do not know a good trainer in your area, your veterinarian can recommend one for you. I hope that everything goes well.

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benelli
Labrador Retriever
6 Months
Mild condition
1 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

fear, anxiety

Is it possible for a dog to have separation anxiety after not seeing a specific child, to lead to her being scared of kids? I have a 6 month old lab who was fine with kids, happy and playful including to my nephew, until about 2 months ago. Nothing has happened to traumatize her that I know of, other than her not seeing my nephew in about 2 months. When kids are around she will run and try to stay away from them, showing signs of being scared. Until my nephew came around again and she was ok, he would play and she would just randomly go lick him and walk near him showing no signs of fear.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. WIthout seeing Beneli's behavior or assessing her, I can't comment on what might be going on with her, as behavior can be a very complicated process to figure out. May dogs are fearful of children, as they tend to be loud and unpredictable. Because she is showing these signs as a young puppy, now would be a good time to get the help of a trainer to help her become better adjusted and less fearful.

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Brigit
Great Pyrenees
3 Years
Critical condition
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Critical condition

Has Symptoms

Drooling
Panting
Crying
Pacing

Medication Used

Trazadone

I volunteer at a rescue and currently have a Great Pyrenees that has the most severe anxiety that any of us have ever seen. She is only calm outside. Inside, regardless of the weather, she paces, drools, tries to chew on the metal pin and cries. She is on trazadone. We have tried thundershirts (she chews them off), pheromone collar, diffuser and calming treats. Exercise hasn’t improved her behavior either.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Fear is normally not a medical issue and should be treated as a behavioural condition; due to the unique nature of behavioural issues and not having a real history of Brigit, it is difficult to make any recommendations. I would suggest to check one of our pages linked below, there is a section where you can ask a dog trainer a question which would be more suitable for this type of case. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM https://wagwalking.com/training/stop-being-fearful

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Aiva
Beagle mix
2 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

anxiety
Phobias
Panting
Shaking

My 2 yr old Beagle/Blu Tic mix, Aiva, suddenly developed several phobias about 8 months ago. These include fears of hardwood/tile floors, jumping on the couch/bed, and riding in the car (specifically when the back windows are up). Aiva was literally born in my home, is loved fiercely, and has never been abused or neglected. She spent her first 16 months before the onset of the phobias immersed in hardwood floors, couches, and car rides. She was born to an older, pregnant rescue dog I found, and was an only puppy. Because she was a singleton, I was worried about her early socialization so her mom stayed with us for 4 months and I made sure to introduce her to other dogs, people and places. After her mom was adopted and she had all rounds of her vaccinations, I started seriously working on socialization her. I put her in puppy training & daycare several days a week, and took her for rides constantly to stores, dog parks, friend’s houses, hiking, etc. to expose her to as many experiences as possible. We spent most of our time at home cuddling on the couch in my hardwood floor living room, or sitting together on a loveseat in my screened in porch. But at around 16 months, Aiva suddenly developed the phobias. There were several changes in the environment at that time, including a new foster dog with potty problems (who was adopted 3 months later), a large rug being removed from the living room due to those potty problems (2 even larger rugs were later added), and a member of the household leaving (who returned 2 months later). But despite the resolutions to the changes above, at 2 years Aiva now refuses to walk in a room with most types of hard flooring, and shakes and pants if she is forced to when we go to friends’ homes. She sits at the threshold of my hardwood living room while I watch TV and sadly whines, but refuses to walk in the room (I have tried every incentive/reward imaginable). She will no longer jump on a bed/couch with me (or at all), although she will jump up with her front paws on me and whine and paw as if she wants to. Anytime I encourage her to do any of the things she is afraid of, she acts frightened of me and runs/walks away, only to come back minutes later and whine again. And while she still loves and desperately wants to go for rides and hang her head out the window, as soon as I have to put the windows up, the shaking, fear and panting begins. I’ve spent hours trying to figure out how all of these triggers are related, and I’ve tried everything I can think of to alter the environment or desensitize her from them. But nothing has worked. At this point I fear my dog and I will never cuddle together again, and that is devastating. Any advice would be appreciated :)

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. That is very sad that Avia has suddenly become so fearful! You may never know what caused the onset of fear, as you can't ask her, but it seems that she might benefit from some anti-anxiety medication. Whether she needs to be on it long term or not will depend on her response, but in the short term, medications may help her relax to start enjoying her life again. Your veterinarian can help you with anti-anxiety medication for her. I hope that everything goes well.

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Buster
Yorkie mix
7 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Seperation Anxiety
self injures
Shaking

My dog is very relaxed, great with kids, likes to sleep a lot and is otherwise a good dog. But, when he's alone in the kennel he'll poop, and pee, and injure himself trying to break free. This last time he ate his poop as well. He is an older dog who was given to us by his previous owner. I'm trying not to have to give him up but according to the humane society he is unadoptable.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There is no quick fix to prevent a dog from injuring themselves or displaying unusual behaviour when stressed, it is likely that the crate is making Buster stressed leading to the behaviour. The quick answer would be to not crate him and instead leave him in a small room where he has more space and may be comfortable; for this level of extreme anxiety I would recommend visiting a Behaviourist. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Gronk
pitbull
8 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

growling, biting
Growling

Rescue dog suddenly attacked me. He doesn't have enough teeth to cause any real damage. It startled me, but I wasn't really frightened. I don't want to give up on this dog. He doesn't show any of the symptoms of anxiety that are listed, other than he wants to be in my lap when he is inside, smiling the entire time. He is not an all weather dog and doesn't like to be outside when the weather is bad, but the second attack occurred when it was raining and he was the one who initiated going inside. I have owned dogs all my life and have never run into this problem. I cannot stress enough, I WANT TO HELP THIS DOG.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If Gronk is attacking you, you need to really seek some professional help from a Behaviourist since the size and weight of a Pitbull can make traditional methods of training difficult; it isn’t that he is growling or anything else it is the physical attacking which is concerning me. You should first visit your Veterinarian to ensure that Gronk is otherwise healthy before looking into behavioural training, I don’t want to give any advice over email as I cannot guide you in person and don’t want you to get hurt. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Macy
Dorkie
7 Months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

anxiety

I rescued a dorkie when she was 5 months old. She is so anxious, she won’t come to anyone except my one daughter. She barks at everyone when they move, talk, etc. She barely eats. She growls at anyone who goes near her, she has been like this since we got her, she is now 7 months old. She also rolls over and pees on herself. I tried the thunder shirt and it did not work. Please help, we love her and want her to feel better.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Without knowing what kind of socialization Macy received as a baby, you are dealing with unknown variables. She has been nervous since you adopted her, so to expect her to miraculously change is unreasonable. She needs some behavioral training. She is young, so should be very adaptable to positive training. It would be best to get the help of a trainer to determine what her underlying issues are and teach your family how to positively interact with her. Your veterinarian will be able to guide you to a good trainer so that Macy can become a well adapted adult dog. I hope that all goes well with her.

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Fritzi
Dachshund
10 Years
Critical condition
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Critical condition

Has Symptoms

Trembling, Chewing

I just had my second baby and when I nurse my male dog sits next to me and trembles. Lately he has taken to licking and chewing on the end of his tail. It has gotten so bad that he has to wear a cone 24/7 as he has nearly chewed the end of his tail off. I have given him canibus/CBD ok as well as canibus treats but the behavior is continuing,

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. If Fritzi is having that kind of anxiety, he may benefit from anti-anxiety medications. Your veterinarian will be able to examine him, determine whether they might help, and prescribe medications to help him. He may also need treatment for his tail if it is infected or damaged. I hope that he is able to get some relief with medications.

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Nova
Pitbull/GSD
10 Months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Drooling
anxiety
panic

Hello, I just rescued a 10 month old Pitbull/German Shepard from the shelter. She's extremely intelligent and full of energy, needless to say very loving with everyone that comes into our home as well. The issue is that when I adopted her, she was in the medical area of the shelter due to wounds they believed were caused by being a victim of a hit and run. Everything was fine until I tried taking her out for a walk the first time. As soon as she would see a passing car she completely freaked out and refused to walk. She pulled really hard to go back and wasn't calm until I let her back in the house.i tried the same several times day and night but nothing. To top it off she has so much energy that she has completed destroyed much or the garden areas in our house as well as random objects she can get to. She digs a lot too. Then I took her to the vet for her first visit. High anxiety again without seeing any dogs and then when she did see one she almost lunged over it but not in an attacking mode. The dog was a small breed so it seemed scared of my 46 pound girl. After that there was no calming her until I got home. I'm feeling trapped because I would love to have her take walks and have fun with other dogs and just make her as happy as I can, but I have no idea where to even begin. My family is already leaning toward returning her to the shelter but I feel she has potential with the right guidance. I'm just afraid she'll never be able to leave the house because of her fears. Any advice would be appreciated :(

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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This level of anxiety needs to be approached in a slow, logical and methodical way; it is a case of getting her used to cars, dogs and society. With cars, it may be worth letting her sniff around a parked car and to get familiar; the same with dogs, in this case consulting a Behaviourist would be valuable to help expose Nova to these experiences in a controlled manner. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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dutches
black/tan coon dog
9 Years
Serious condition
2 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

shaking,panting,wont rest.

Hello: i have a 9yr old blk&tan coon dog. just all of the sudden out of the blue, she is very scared constantly shaking and panting wont lay down or sleep and is always trying to get as close as possible to me when ever i move she is right there. she was never like this, she was shaking her head alot then she stopped. could a parasite have gotten into her brain? to cause all this fear?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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These types of symptoms which you are describing may be caused by either a behavioural issue (stress, bad experience etc…) or medical (trauma, parasite, infection, poisoning etc…); without examining Dutchess I cannot say what the specific underlying cause is but I would recommend having your Veterinarian take a look at her and possibly run a blood test to look for any signs of infection, poisoning or other cause. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

What has happened with Duchess? I have the exact same situation with my dog. A blood test showed nothing abnormal, and the vet exam showed nothing abnormal. It only happens at night.

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Izzy
Lab and ridgeback
11 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Bolts when touched
Scared of treats being tossed
Scared of loud noises
Tail tucked
Yawning
Pacing
Not Eating
Shaking

Medication Used

Amitriptyline
Xanax

I reacued a lab mix 10 yrs ago from an abusive home. I allowed my older Springer to pick his companion and he picked Izzy. They were inseparable for 9 years until we lost Trey 8 months ago. Since then Izzy has been left to socialize with my other Springer who is not as friendly as Trey was. But now Izzy has to be right beside me at all times. She shakes and tucks her tail. She will push her way between me and the kitchen cabinet while I’m cooking. But yet the slightest touch if she’s not looking just sends her running for her life. She is always yawning and shedding like crazy. I tried the xanax which made her act much worse like she was drugged and high as a kite! I’m really worried she will jusy drop over dead from a heart attack one day. She is also scared to death of cell phones which is weird.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Poor Izzy, to be that terrified of life. Without examining her, I can't diagnose or prescribe anything, but there are different anti-anxiety medications that your veterinarian can prescribe, and if you didn't like the side effects that she had with Xanax, there are alternatives. It sounds like she needs some sort of anti-anxiety medication to help her adjust. I hope that you and your veterinarian are able to find a medication that works for her.

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kitty
Siberian Husky
1 Year
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Separation Anxiety

I recently took in a dog from a home that was terribly neglectful and was planning to her down. She is a 1 year old half husky half german shepherd. She was not spayed nor given any shots at all. I have had her now for 2 weeks with shots and has been on her period since I got her. I notice she is a bit anxious around other dogs and having a terrible case of separation anxiety with me. I can't leave her at all without her howling and barking like mad. The last time I left her in a kennel she injured herself trying to break free. What is the likely hood of this being due to her being in heat or is this something that would remain after being spayed and if not how do I go about trying to get her to calm down with me not being home with her? It doesn't matter if my husband is home with her she still cries for me.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Cases where dogs have come from neglectful homes can be challenging and require a full commitment from yourself; the separation anxiety may be helped if you leave her for short periods of time (one or two minutes at a time) so that she can learn over a short period of time you are coming back and build this up from just going to a different room to going into the garden then to the neighbour etc… As for the socialisation with other dogs, this can be more difficult; there are socialisation classes ran by different organisations, practices etc… where you can observe from afar with Kitty and overtime move closer to the group. Behavioural issues are never as simple as one problem equals one solution. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Wiley
Huskey/Boxer
4 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Trembeling while traveling in cars
Excessive scratching
Excessive licking

Medication Used

past Doggie prozac

Wiley is a three year old huskey/english boxer mix, extremely social with people and other dogs. He wants to lick whomever he's with to death. He has has separation anxiety disorder since he was young and has destroyed doors, door knobs and molding in several apartments while my daughter and boyfriend are away working. In the past he has undergone professional dog training and has even been on a doggie prozac regimine for a while. I'm trying to convince my daughter to find a better home for him with no confines. Would a large kennel/cage be right for Wiley? That type of confinement seems worse than free reign in an appartment. We love Wiley. He's almost human. What do we do?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Steven, thank you for contacting us about Wiley. That is very hard to see them suffer like that, mentally, I understand. If you have had training with a professional dog trainer, can you follow up with them and see if they have any further recommendations? It would also be a good idea to reach out to your veterinarian - if he was on Prozac for a while, did it help? If it did, he can safely stay on that long term if he is healthy otherwise, and if it didn't, there are other alternative medications that you can use - sometimes with anti-anxiety medications, it is similar in dogs and people, where you may need to try a couple to see which one helps the most. Your veterinarian can help you with that. It would be a shame to have to give him up when he seems such a part of your family, and I'm not sure a different environment would be any different for him. He might just be more confused because the people that he loves are gone. Some dogs actually do better in a crate or kennel rather than roaming, as long as they aren't left in there for too long, as they have a sense of security inside the kennel - it sometimes becomes a den of sorts for them. If you decide to try a kennel, I would also have him on anti-anxiety medications at the same time so that you have the best chance of him accepting the kennel. Make sure that you talk to your veterinarian about that.

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Baylen
Yorkshire Terrier
7 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Anxiety, seizires

My 7 year old Yorkie, has extreme anxiety, he high pitch squeals and whines constantly, pees in the house, excessively licks everything, tremors and has a lot of seizures, he has to always be lying on my chest. I have only had him 2 years and he has gotten worse and worse. He is jealous if I touch my other dog and pushes him out of the way. Am currently pregnant and need help before the baby arrives What can I do to make life a little easier.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The anxiety is a behavioural issue and it may be a case of having to slowly distance yourself from him, so start with having him laid next to you for a few days and not giving into him to climb on her chest; once he is comfortable laid next to you place him a little bit away from you and stroke him constantly to give body contact and continue this exercise. It is time consuming but there are no quick fixes that I can think of for this level of separation anxiety, you should try speaking with a Behaviourist to see if they have any experience with this. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Maroussi
pitbull
3 Years
Serious condition
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My 3 year old pitbul mix has had car anxiety for about a year, ever since we were in a fender bender together. I've ignored his panting and shaking while we drive, hoping it would just go away if I didn't encourage it. It didn't; in fact it has gotten much worse.

The car situation I can kind of deal with though, but what's happening now is much worse. We moved into a new house with a friend and her dog two weeks ago and since a couple days ago he's been an anxious mess. Tail between his legs, panting, shaking, cowering near me, trying to get outside, etc.

I've tried ignoring it, again, hoping it will go away, but it is driving me crazy. He eats and drinks but is constantly lips his lips and panting. What do I do?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It sounds like Maroussi is stressed by his behaviour and the licking of the lips, when he is getting stressed out it is important to calm him and stroke him; two weeks is a long time to be going through this and it may be just a case of waiting him to become accustomed to living in a different environment, there are no quick fixes unfortunately. You could try things like a ThunderShirt to see if that will have a calming effect. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Gunner
Pit-Boston terrier
5 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Medication Used

Fluoxetine and trazadone (have been tried)
Fluoxetine and trap adore (have been tried)

My 5 year old neutered male pitbull-Boston terrier mix has suddenly developed an extreme fear/anxiety! His tail between legs and hiding under beds. He wants outside and will not come back inside for hours, hides in flowerbeds. We have had blood work, urine tests and x-rays. We tried fluoxetine but he wouldn't eat. Thunder shirt causes him to stand frozen in fear. He is happy when we are riding in car and going on walks. He has floor surface issues. He gets along with other dogs and we have a 13 yr old german short haired point that exhibits none of these issues. Don't know what else to do.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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This is definitely a behavioural issue, you need to think back to when this start to see if there were any changes in the home during this time (new furniture, family visiting etc…) as this may have triggered this behaviour; I once saw similar behavioural changes after a new piece of furniture was placed in a living room, once the owners took it out the dog relaxed. If these issues persist, it would be best to consult a Behaviourist to see Gunner within the home to offer first hand advice. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Mabel
Labrador Retriever
11 Months
Critical condition
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Critical condition

Hi,
I have an eleven month old Labrador bitch.She is extremely nervous of strangers
and avoids contact at all costs.I have just been to take her for a trial day at a kennels as I have to go away for a few days in Ocober.It was just awful.She slipped her lead when taken by one of the staff.And ran round in terror until I managed to get her back.I did eventually manage to leave her.She has been taken out among lots of people and to noisy places since 8 weeks of age when I carried her until she had her jabs.I tried her in puppy classes but she was too frightened to participate.I am at my wits end.Do you have any advice on this.
Is there any medication she could try to cal. Her down?
Thanks
Monica

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There is no quick fix for behavioural issues and each case is individual, medication isn’t ideal as long term there may be undesirable effects especially if you need to leave Mabel for an extended length of time or on a regular basis. This behaviour needs to be modified over a long period of time, I would suggest that you consult with a Behaviourist as they will be able to watch Mabel and give you specific advice tailored to her. Medication would be a last resort once all other possible ways have been exhausted. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Rosie
Jack Russell Terrier
8 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Shaking

Hello, my jack russell is 8 years and has always enjoyed exercise on the park off leash. She has developed a phobia of motor bike noise and will run in a panic if she hears one. I've tried adaptil plug in, collar, thunder shirt but without real success. Also fireworks are a trigger. I've tried neutracalm also. I think we are at the point of medicating as she is endangering herself when she runs away often towards the road. Are there any medication that have been proven to help without sedation? I've also tried cognitive therapy but nothing helps. Kind regards Jane

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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I do not like using medication on a dog with a fear of a particular noise that is in everyday life like motorcycles as treatment is continuous; on nights like fourth of July (or bonfire night in the UK), sedation may be beneficial for the single night (or weekend). For a problem like this, desensitisation is the best course of action; there are programmes which can be purchased or available online where you play the noise at increasing volumes over a long period of time to get the dog used to the noise. One product you could try is Sileo (by Zoeitis) which is FDA approved for noise aversion in dogs (see link below). Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.zoetisus.com/products/dogs/sileo/

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Boston Massachusetts
Boston Terrier
6 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

trembling
minor panting
big eyes

Medication Used

none

I have a 6 year old Boston Terrier that I adopted from an animal shelter when he was about 6 months old. He has always been friendly and outgoing and has been socialized well. He was our shelter's mascot for a long time while I worked there. Suddenly he has developed a behavior where he looks like he is scared. He has always been afraid of thunderstorms, but usually he would just sit on my lap and be fine. The last couple of storms he trembles severe and doesn't settle down. This is how he is acting a lot now. It seems random. We will be watching tv and all of a sudden he starts trembling. Sitting on my lap doesn't seem to help him. He will stare at my son or my husband like he is afraid of them, but then will go to them and kiss them. It takes him a long time to come out of it. Generally I go put him in our bedroom for quiet time. I understand him acting this way during thunderstorms, but now he can't even enjoy family time. Nothing has changed as far as that goes. The same people living in the house. We are kind of loud, but it usually laughing. He has never been yelled at or hit. He is a very well behaved dog. Today he got into the trash and when we got home he was trembling in the bathroom. This is something he has never done. Not sure what to do.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The symptoms which you are describing all may be attributable to behaviour due to a bad experience or a misunderstanding on his part; it is difficult to diagnose or recognise behavioural issues without first ruling out medical issues and to examine his behaviour to see what happens before and during one of these ‘episodes’ to see if there are any triggers (visual or audible) which lead to him being scared. In these types of cases, I prefer to recommend visiting a behaviourist after first getting an all clear from your Veterinarian to probe the issue deeper; during an episode try reassuring him and stroking him to calm him down. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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