Night time anxiety - please help I'm at a loss

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Old 06-12-2019, 07:36 PM
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Night time anxiety - please help I'm at a loss

Hi everyone. Around this time last year we took on 5 year old Aussie Shepherd female. We also have a 6 year old male BC, who is a very calm dog. Dog settled in well the two get along fine. She came to us with what we were told 'mild anxiety around thunder' we now realise this to be very down played, she is abit jumpy generally and doesn't like sudden noises of any description. I exercise both dogs for atleast an hour in morning and on free days we will go out for about 2 hours. I am at work 4 days a week and always come home at lunch to give dogs a kong and some love. My husband is occasionally home on other days. During the summer months I would walk dogs also at night for extra exercise. Now it is winter this isn't happening due to weather, however they are given alot if attention played with after work etc. The Aussie has as of the last 2 weeks developed night anxiety. It started with a major panic attack which lasted hours for a reason which I absolutely cannot identify. This is now happening every night, not to this extent but fussing, panting, jumping on and off bed etc. It is keeping myself and my other dog awake! I have tried putting her in a crate but she wont settle and wants out. She was heavily crated with previous owner day time and bed time, infact I think her exposure to almost anything (general noises like dishwashing, cleaning, knock at door) was heavily reduced. I took her to vet who has confirmed she does have general anxiety, specifically noise phobia. She had not long before had a teeth clean and he confirmed all her blood work looked fine. She also presented calmly in the vets! He has her on a 10 day bed time dose of Xanax which doesn't really seem to be doing much. She will eventually go to sleep but only once she has ventured outside to sleep in her sandpit (of all places) Im currently trying her also on a calming chew (natural for 1 month) and Rescue Remedy at night alongside an Adaptil diffuser in bedroom and spray on a bandana which she wears. My only thought is that we did have a low battery smoke alarm sound at 2am one night, however this was months ago and since then (up until now) she had been normal and slept at night, could she be having some delayed night time anxiety response to this? She has 4 days left on Xanax before vet check up.... he has suggested a longer term med - fluoxetine. I'm out of my mind right now trying to figure out what is going on and am desperate to help her, for her sake as well as our own. If you have gotten this far I thank you for reading!
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Just an idea, but have you considered trying white noise? Or calming music? Only mentioning it since I accidentally discovered just recently that it helps my noise reactive (not exactly suffering from anxiety) senior dog.
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Yes I have also tried this, I think it may help slightly so have continued with it. Tonight I am considering crating her, in an attempt to have a night time routine similar to a pup. I have always given a kong in her crate and this evening gave dinner in crate also. I plan to continue this to create a positive and calming association with it. I will also spray her bedding with Adaptil before bed time. Fingers crossed...!
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