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Hi,

I just ordered Anxietrex and chillout chews for our dog who suffers from separation anxiety when we are at work during the day and he is home alone. I was wondering what is the best time of day to administer these? just before we leave? or the night before so it has time work. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. We are praying this will work as we have tried absolutely everything and its giving my husband and I a lot of stress and anxiety as well!

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Erin

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October 5, 2016 at 6:35 AM

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ANXIETREX has been helpful for separation anxiety. It can be added to the food or water bowl for a few weeks. If added to the food I would start with a half dose twice daily for a couple of weeks, then a whole dose once daily. I would also give a CHILL-OUT CHEW before leaving in the morning until he becomes more comfortable with your leaving. Some dogs find it relaxing to listen to classical music when they are alone, so that could be another thing to try along with the above. In addition I would also give PROBIOTICS and OMEGA 3,6,9 with meals. Better gut health can positively affect behavior. Diet can also play a role too. What do you feed your dog and give as treats? Does your dog go to class or have structured time with you? What breed, age, and sex is your dog? Does he have any other health issues? Please keep us updated we can help guide you.

Dr. Char Wilson, DVM Health Coach answered
October 5, 2016 at 12:00 AM

Response: Thank you very much for getting back to me. Our dog is a 7.5 year old male Cockalier (Cavalier King Charles X Cocker Spaniel) he has no other health issues that we are aware of. We got him when he was 8 weeks old and he has never been comfortable being home alone. He used to destroy anything in sight and cry and howl all day long. He has always been very difficult to calm down when we arrive home. For the last 3 years he lived at my parents house while we built our new home, they have another dog which kept him company. He was still very hyper when we would arrive home but not as bad because he had the company of the other dog. This dog has since passed away and we have moved into our new house so we are trying to get Archie used to being on his own again during the day. I have done a lot of research and we are training him not to follow us around the house, ignoring him before we leave and when we arrive home, I give him a kong and other toys during the day which he has been keeping occupied with.we have also been using a 'thundershirt' and adaptil collar. The classical music didn't work but thanks anyway I've tried it a few times and he is worse on these days when I arrive home. He gets regular walks when we can, he does not attend any classes as such but has play dates with other friends dogs sometimes. We feed him regular dog food so we will look at changing his diet thanks for the tip. We have seen an improvement but he is still obviously stressed during the day as he licks the windows and its visible that he has been pacing around the yard. He also scratches the back door and I can hear him howling when I pull into the driveway. So we are very much looking forward to trying this formula and the chill out chews!

Dr. Char: I would recommend a class and regular practice sessions. My dogs have usually acted better because they could expect consistent time and attention. Please keep us updated on your progress.

Dr. Char Wilson, DVM Health Coach answered
October 7, 2016 at 12:00 AM
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