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Q: How can i help calm a high-anxiety dog when she's home alone?

May 6, 2008 | By Kayleigh | 3 answers | Expired: 2254 days ago

How can i help calm a high-anxiety dog when she's home alone?

our pitt-whippet mix recently broke her leg. of course, she wants to run and play. it's hard enough to keep her calm when we are there. she's always been pretty high-anxiety, but now that she can't run around it's even worse. sometimes rawhides work, sometimes they don't. any suggestions on keeping her calm/ keeping her from chewing on her cast?

she's chewed through one and one was just no good and came off. but it is healing now. thanks for all the answers and help.

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Maple125
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May 08, 2008

Until your pet gets better, ask your vet about melatonin. Its an herbal supplement. Vet recommended it for my dogs hair growth,it did not work for that, but it sure did calm my dog. He is 43lbs and took 6 mg. Made him sleepy more than grow fur. Worth a try, but check with the vet first.

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Heather R.
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May 07, 2008

I would try the kong stuffed with peanut butter and treats to give her somthing else to chew on besides her cast. they also say that it helps with anxiety.

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Marta J.
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May 07, 2008

You might want to ask the vet that put on the cast. Tell him your problem and that your really worried. He may want to give her a mild tranguilizer until she's healed. I realize you might not want to do that, but it's better than the alternative of her chewing off her cast when your not there. When she's able the best answer for anxiety is LOTS of exersise and no sympathy. It only makes them think something is wrong when an owner gives sympathy. That's not to be confused with affection,but make sure you give affection at the right times. Giving it when a dog is unsure or afraid only enforces that behavior and makes it worse.

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