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We started the Senilife about a month ago and it's changed Django, we now have a new and improved Django.

With the increase in activity and brain function (thanks to the Senilife), his anxiety has also elevated. Why? Perhaps because he's more alert to what's going on. The SA medicine we were giving him no longer works. It's as though the Senilife counteracts what the separation anxiety meds were suppose to do and they are no longer working. We even increased the SA dose a bit and it did not work.

So, here's my question. Would you stop Senilife and have a more calm, perhaps "senior type" dog with less separation anxiety or would you continue the Senilife, improve his "senior health" and know that his anxiety will be in full swing? His SA is only an issue upon our evening departures. Of course I am working diligently with the behaviorist to figure this new situation out. Any feedback would be helpful.
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Personally, I'm a BIG believer in quality of life over length of life. If Django is that anxious taking the Senilife, I'd stop it. The other option, of course, is to work with your vet to find a different anxiety med that works better without being counteracted by the Senilife. There are a number of different anxiety meds, and not all work equally well in any specific dog. (Or person)


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Django is like a little puzzle, we are on our 3rd different SA medication. We started him on Gabapentin for the anxiety, weaning him off the chlomicalm which wasn't working any more. Perhaps it's been a combination of removing the old SA, adding the new, and maybe it's not enough. We shall figure this one out as well. Thanks for your words, it's helpful to know that our way of thinking isn't off kilter. We too think quality of life is better and eliminating the anxiety is a key component. So what if he's a little sleepier or forgetful.
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best when talking about meds to go with what your vet behaviorist recommends. We are not qualified to recommend things when it comes to drugs.
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best when talking about meds to go with what your vet behaviorist recommends. We are not qualified to recommend things when it comes to drugs.
Absolutely agreed. But the Senilife, if I remember, was not a drug but a supplement of some sort.


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Yes, it's a supplement and I always take to my vet. It's sometimes helpful to get another perspective on things.
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Yes, it's a supplement and I always take to my vet. It's sometimes helpful to get another perspective on things.
yes continue to talk with your vet behaviorist. They are qualified to give advice on matters that deal with health and behavior. Even suppliments or over the counter products can be dangerous in the wrong situations., especially in combination with other drugs or meds. Separation anxiety is a serious problem and it is generally recommended that behavioral modification be also employed in conjunction with any drugs. Hope you find some relief.

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Dr, Karen Overall ..."Antianxiety medications may help some dogs that otherwise are unable to succeed in this program.

(behavioral modification ) Remember, if it is decided that medication could benefit your dog, you need to use it in addition

to the behavior modification, not instead of it.

Dr,Ben Hart ..."It is imperative that a diagnosis is made before you start to treat any animal with a medication to treat a

behavior problem. There needs to be a behavior modification plan in place that the owner is following. One should discuss

with the owners that medications are not a quick fix, but usually just facilitate the overall behavioral approach. For

example, treating a dog with severe separation anxiety with medication only, that is, without any behavior modification,

while perhaps alleviating the worst aspects of the problem is likely to result in the animal reverting to the previous

behaviors when the medication is discontinued."

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We have been dealing with SA for 9 years. He was diagnosed with SA when he was 3, shortly after his Addison's diagnosis. Tough road but we got through it and he was doing great with minimal medication for the next 8 years.

When he turned 11, things went south again. The behaviorist believes there were some senior issues that have surfaced bringing the SA out again . Unfortunately I am all too familiar with SA and know how difficult and painful it can be to get your dog through it. Glad to say we are a success story, and we know what's ahead again for us this go around. We have the best vets in place and so far we are moving in the right direction once again. I wouldn't wish it on anyone but you do what you have to do to get your dog to a safer, healthier and happier place.
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