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I've had Theo for 10 years now. He was my childhood dog, but he still lives with my parents seeing as I'm in school and don't live in pet friendly housing. We're going on three years that he's been living there without me. The plan was that once I graduate in May and my boyfriend and I move into a pet friendly apartment, he would come to live with us.

We're all in agreement now that it's in Theo's best interest to stay with my parents though. Although I know this is probably true, it just has me a bit bummed. I want him to come to live and with us, I really do.

Theo has been through 3 moves so far over his life. Before his first move, he had no anxiety. After the first move, he started having anxiety... and with each move, his anxiety has gotten worse. We feel that another move will just push him way over the edge. Right now he's at the point where he wears his Thunder Shirt, gets a lavender oil mixture rubbed on his snout multiple times throughout the day, gets a calming aid in his feed, gets another calming supplement daily, and wears an Adaptil collar. The vet is aware of all this, we've brought him in over his anxiety :/ They can't put him on an actual prescription because he has seizures, so we're limited to natural remedies.
 

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What calming supplement are you using? I found zylkene really helped Chisum quite a bit. It doesn't really have any side effects, but obviously ask your vet.

I'm sorry you have to "leave him behind", though. Honestly, I feel the same way. When I move in ~January I am taking my Sophie with me (and my cat) but I have to leave Lexy behind because she's 12 and has lived here forever and is just happier here. I also will most likely have to leave behind Chisum due to HIS anxiety which is far less triggered here, on a farm, than it would be in town.
 

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He's taking Mr. Peanut Butter's Natural Calming Liquid aid (2 pumps, even though his weight would usually put him at 1), and Pro Quiet (1-2 tablets a day, when again his weight would usually put him at 1), plus the Adaptil collar releases calming pheromones as well. I'm sorry you're facing the same predicament, PoppyKenna.

And that's true Aspen, but I still wish it could be different :/
 

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I'm glad you love your dog enough to do what's right for him, even though it hurts yourself so much.

I'm also sorry Theo can't try Prozac, I put my dog Jaya on it for 3 months and it was amazing how her fear and anxiety levels dropped...and stayed that way even though she's now been off the meds for over a year. I hope the natural remedies can continue to control his anxiety.

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The natural remedies aren't controlling it too well, but he's doing better than when he's on nothing. I wish we could put him on actual medication, I feel he really needs it.
 
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