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I'm going to call the vet on Monday to see about getting Theo something for his anxiety.

For those of you who have tried medication;

1) what medication is your dog on?
2) how much does your dog weigh? (I'm not sure if this is relevant, but maybe different kinds are best for different weights??)
3) what changes did you notice in your dog, if any?
4) side effects?
5) costs of medication?
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Chisum is on two meds: flouxetine and trazodone. Flouxetine costs $4 from Hyvee and trazodone costs about $24 for a two month supply. He takes 75 mg of trazodone 2x daily and 10mg of flouxetine 1x daily. He is about 22 lbs.

The only side effects I noticed is that the trazodone makes him sleepy at night and especially did at first. But it's often prescribed for insomnia so no surprise there. My vet is uncomfortable with flouxetine so she went for the trazodone first and then the lowest dose of flouxetine. He had no side effects whatsoever from the flouxetine.

I've noticed that he tends to recover a bit more quickly from triggers and can be redirected better too. He does still have anxiety and meltdowns from time to time though. I'm sure he'll need to have his meds messed with a little more in the future BUT as someone who suffers from anxiety and takes an SSRI I know it can take awhile to work and there are always ups and downs in recovery.
 

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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.
 

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I'm going to call the vet on Monday to see about getting Theo something for his anxiety.

For those of you who have tried medication;

1) what medication is your dog on?
2) how much does your dog weigh? (I'm not sure if this is relevant, but maybe different kinds are best for different weights??)
3) what changes did you notice in your dog, if any?
4) side effects?
5) costs of medication?
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  1. Flouxetine (Prozac) 40mg (20mg in the morning and 20mg at night)
  2. 55lbs
  3. He no longer goes catatonic in "scary" situations and is no able to work on "re-programming" those bad memories
  4. We had a side-effect between a prescription anti-histamine and his Prozac
  5. $8 for 30 Days
We tried Trazodone but it made Trucker more fearful.
 
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