08-01-2016, 06:30 AM
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My Aussie has anxiety issues, so I know how difficult it can be to deal with and the frustration of finiding something that works well for you.
First off, know any triggers your dog has, and medicate prior to exposure to them if possible.
As far as medications, you can either go the natural route or the prescription med route. For natural options, you have Zylkene, Composure, and Adaptil. Zylkene is fairly expensive, often around $60, I believe, and Composure is about $20. Both of these are by mouth. I'm not sure on the price for Adaptil, but that one uses calming pheromones either in a collar or in a diffuser. Generally I'm very skeptical about all natural mumbo jumbo, but Composure works awesome for my dog, and it works great for many clients at the hospital I work at (as does Zylkene). I'm not convinced that Adaptil really works well, but I'm just giving some options.
As for prescription meds, trazodone and fluoxetine are great, not sure on cost. Technically another option would be acepromazine, but that can have a more extreme sedation effect, and often causes side effects.