Canine Separation Anxiety Symptoms And Cures
Canine Separation Anxiety
Causes, Symptoms and Treatment
and Dog Appeasement Pheromones
obviously have an extremely sensitive sense of smell. Many people
believe that, because of this heightened connection between scent and
environment, aromatherapy is more effective for dogs than people. It’s
a relatively simple undertaking. Try using a diffuser or plug in air
freshener to spread calming scents such as lavender throughout the
house. If nothing else, this may work to calm the dog owner.
more targeted approach to using scent to calm your dog is to use DAP or
dog appeasement pheromones. These pheromones imitate the scent of a
nursing mother dog. Since this scent is universally pleasant and
calming, some dogs take a cue from the scent and peacefully sleep or
relax. The pheromone comes in many forms including a plug infuser, a
spray, and even a collar.
Reviews of these products seem to
report either extreme success or absolutely zero impact, so be aware
that the results vary quite a bit, depending on the pup.
the dog’s primary negative behavior is excessive barking for the
duration of his owner’s absence, then specific anti-barking measures
may need to be taken. One such measure includes anti-bark citronella
collars. These collars consist of a battery-operated pack that is full
of citronella. The pack is attached to a webbing collar that
placed around the dog's neck. The vibrations from the dog's bark will
set the collar off. The collar sends a spurt of citronella
works to harmlessly startle the dog into silence. Dogs seem
quickly gather that a bark will result in a cloud of citronella to the
These collars can be somewhat expensive, and they tend to
work best for medium to large dogs with medium to short coats. The
collar may be too large or heavy for very small dogs. Dogs with very
long or thick coats may have too much fur between them and the collar,
in which case the vibration of the bark will not activate the collar.
Also, be sensitive to the fact that this sort of collar may be
especially terrifying for certain anxious dogs. Some dogs with extreme
sensitivity may also be allergic to the citronella. Expense and special
considerations aside, for the right dog, these collars can be a very
quick and easy fix to a barking problem due to separation anxiety.
a few short years ago, medicating Fido to help him deal with his
separation anxiety issues would have been a joke. Now, in the age of
pharmaceuticals for every issue and ailment, dogs have been welcomed
into the medication fold. Most pet owners are understandably reluctant
to medicate their dogs. Many dog owners consider medication to be an
extreme step that should be turned to only as a last resort. However,
in cases were no amount of redirection or training is effective,
medication may be a last chance at keeping some dogs in safe and happy
homes with their owner.
If a prescription seems too drastic,
look into giving the dog some form of melatonin to calm his anxiety.
Melatonin is a hormone that is produced by the pineal gland in the
brain of mammals. Melatonin is thought to help regulate the
natural rhythms of sleep and wakefulness. Melatonin is available in
many forms including pills and even treats. Look for melatonin at
grocery or drug stores. Melatonin products made especially for dogs can
be found at pet stores.
Some holistic vets recommend using a
valerian formula for dogs. Valerian is an herb that is used for
treating nervousness and anxiety. You can also purchase
collars” for dogs, which are collars filled with calming herbs, or put
calming herbs in your dog’s water.
When it comes to
prescription anti-anxiety medications for dogs, there are two main
players commonly used by vets: Clomicalm and Reconcile. Clomicalm is a
serotonin reuptake inhibitor and is used in humans for treating
obsessive compulsive disorder. It is similar to medications for humans
such as Prozac. You may have heard of this medication being
referred to as doggy Prozac.
The active ingredient in
Clomicalm is clomipramine hydrochloride and it comes in tablet form, by
prescription only. If medication is used, it would be best to
in conjunction with behavior modification.
Reconcile is the
newest drug treatment on the market and is manufactured by Eli Lilly
Co. This is the first FDA drug approved specifically to treat
separation anxiety in dogs. The active ingredient,
fluoxetine hydrochloride, is also the active ingredient in the human
medication Prozac. It is a selective serotonin reuptake
and is marketed as more specific for separation anxiety than Clomicalm
either of these medications or any others will need to be prescribed by
a licensed veterinarian. Again, these medications work best when used
in conjunction with training and behavior modification, so it’s
probably best to try training and behavior modification first, and only
resort to medication if necessary, as all drugs come with some side
Canine Separation Anxiety Symptoms And Cures