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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 04-11-2014, 09:07 AM Thread Starter
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Separation Anxiety is back.

For those of you who don't know, Django was suffering from severe separation anxiety about 6 years ago. Through hard work and training, we were able to get him back to a great place where separation anxiety was no longer an issue. We were doing great for 6 years until about 2 months ago.

I don't know if it was our constant trips over the winter, (he was always left with the dog sitter at our home who never left the house) perhaps more than usual but in the beginning of March we noticed his SA had reared it's ugly head.

When we would confine him to the kitchen prior to our departures he would have no issue. I would give him the Kongs with treats, etc. We would come home to a kitchen full of pee. At first i thought it was a medical issue. After talking to the vet and running tests, he felt we needed to adjust his precortin. Precortin alone causes excessive drinking and peeing, add the prednisone into the mix and well, you can only image.

As soon as we tweaked his precortin dose his excessive drinking subsided however, the peeing when left behind did not. The strange thing is that his SA only seems to kick in in the evening when we leave him. During the day when I have to confine him to the kitchen he's fine. Sometimes he just walks over to his pillow and plops down until I return. I have set up the video for our evening departures and of course, what's on the tape is heart breaking. SA to the max. I have spoken with the behaviorist and we have tweaked his meds a bit thinking this would help but it has not.

Has anyone experienced SA but only at certain times during the day? We are going to back to training but I am not sure it's going to help, I have noticed he's even a little anxious at night in anticipation of our departure even on evenings we are not leaving him.
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I don't have any good tips; Hobbes' separation anxiety was pretty much constant. Honestly what helped the most was the normal behavioral training and meds. I would like to start weaning him off the meds but I'm afraid too. I think I will have to try soon though. I don't want him on them forever.

I just wanted to say you've done some great stuff with Django and been way more committed than 99.9% of people would be. You'll get this one figured out too.
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I struggle as well with the meds but they help so much. With his addisons and everything else, my philosophy has been all about keeping him as happy and healthy as I can with everything he's on. You have to weigh the pros and cons.
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