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SA and Chlomicalm

Well, per the vet, I adjusted Djangos chlomicalm from 20 mg 1x a day to 10 mg giving him 5mg 2x day. Oh boy, what a few days it has been! I feel as though we have taken 10 steps backwards.

The change in him has been so obvious and not good. He's highly agitated when we leave, whines, won't even go near the kong. pees up to 4x while left behind.

Talked to the behaviorist/vet tonight and we are going to up his dose to 10mg in the a.m. and 5 in the p.m.

My concern was his lack of appetite since he started these meds but decreasing the amount... oh boy, not good. i have realized we just need to plow thru this eating issue and have a higher dose to keep him in a good place.

he's eating canned food only now specific for GI issues so no more ground turkey. occasional soft serve poop but i think we just need to ride this storm out and hopefully by next week things will stabilize again. unfortunately i am leaving him for 4 nights but he's in good hands with the dog sitter so hopefully all will go well.
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All of this seems to really stress you out, I can only imagine how stressed out he is!! It seems like if isn't one thing, its another- poor guy!
Can you jsut pull him off all meds, feed him good kibble twice a day for a month, no snacks, no meds, no nothing and see how he does? Maybe his SA will deminish if everyone relaxes and gives it a month off. Maybe the meds are making his poop nasty, or the stress or who knows......
I used to have a stressed out, non eating dog a few years ago. I tried to cater to her every need, it just seemed to make things worse.
When I finally cracked down, stopped stressing out and fed her regular kibble twice a day I started to notice a HUGE difference in her personality, her eating habits her SA ect.
I just wonder how much of your stress he is feeling and it's stressign him out--


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you can't take a dog or cat off the meds cold turkey. they have to be weaned off. we have had months with no meds and his SA was full blown. the clomicalm has defiantly helped however one of the side affects is that it causes upset stomach, etc. that's why i started with a slow dose gradually working up to what was recommended.

i can't feed him kibble yet because he had a bout of Chlostridium a few weeks ago and was on Flagyl to help heal things and stop the awful diarrehea. i had to feed him a bland diet of groudn turkey for weeks, now we are eating specific canned food for his GI and are on day 2 of just the canned, no ground turkey. Yippie!. once we are eating that for about a week i will slowly introduce his kibble but if i do anything too quickly it will wreak havoc on his system.

i don't know if you know this but my dog has Addisons so it's always a roller-coaster ride with him. one of the issues with Addisons is that he does not have the ability to deal with stress because his adrenal glands which produce the hormoens to deal with stress have shut down permanently. thus, monthly shots from the vet and other options to help him deal with SA.

to be honest, i am not stressed, just sad, sad that he has to go thru this. i have accepted the "situation" and know if we work thru it it will get better. it will just take time. this is just another bump in the road.

i do agree with you that dogs can pick up on stress and i know i have had my moments. i guess right now my focus is getting him to eat like a normal dog and then we can work on the SA issues. i am leaving for a short tirp tomorrow and worry about leaving him but i know he's in his home and in good hands with the dog sitter. i have a wonderful behaviorist/vet who came on board and has helped me with ways to deal with the SA. i will hit the pavement after i return monday. we have been down this road before and have managed to get over the SA, we will agian!
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