Our female Wheaten, Zoey, just turned one and we have noticed a gradual increase in her anxiety levels. She has more triggers and her threshold has become shorter. For example:
-she used to bark at school busses, then she began lunging back toward the house, pulling her leash frantically, when she heard a bus, then hiding in her crate when I went to get her leash during the middle of the day (still OK at night).
-She didn't like to be brushed (even though we paired this with a high value treat), so she would wiggle and fuss, then she'd run away or nip at our hands (never a true bite), then she would hide in the crate when she saw the brush and comb, now she hides when she sees me walk toward the laundry room and turn at the spot where we keep the brush and comb!
-She has always struggled at the (very patient!) groomer and last time she had to stop half way because Zoey was so anxious. Only got her legs done, so she looks like she has a giant head!!
Groomer commented that she sees these behaviors mostly in rescue dogs, not in dogs like Zoey, who we've had since she was 10 weeks old.
Last week she started cowering and crying for no apparent reason, just out of the blue. Wouldn't let us approach or touch her, would not take a treat; she paced frantically then just stood and looked down for a few minutes. Took her to the vet who found nothing unusual in the exam (except that Zoey whined and cried the entire time) and blood work was perfect. Vet gave us Trazadone to try for the weekend. After 2 doses we saw great improvement...no more sudden crying, sleeping all night, playing fetch, offering behaviors for treats, even let me brush her for 10 minutes while she licked peanut butter from a plate. Vet wants to start 10 mg prozac, and keep Trazadone 50mg 2xs daily for about 3 more weeks. Then stop the trazadone and see how she responds to the prozac.
I am looking for others who had had experience with these drugs. My goal is to switch her to prozac for maintenance and keep the Trazadone around for more stress-inducing situations, like going to the groomer. If this medication can help her focus and put her in a better position to learn, maybe we can someday take a walk and NOT SEE our house, or hold it together when a school bus passes us.