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We rescued our Jack Russel in September 2014. She HATES her crate. We have to put her in there when we go to work because she still has accidents in the house. I know she can hold it for 6 hours (experimentation when I'm home). And, she sleeps with us at night with no accidents. But she pees and poops in her crate every day. She shakes when she goes in. I've tried giving her a shirt and always a treat/bone but nothing is working. I highly suspect abuse in her past as she does not like it if you touch her back and she can't see her face. She also kind of blinks quickly, as if afraid of being hit, if you make any quick motions in front of her. I thought of giving her a Benadryl to help the poor thing relax during the day. Any suggestions??

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May 28, 2015 at 2:02 PM



Dear Niki,

ANXIETREX might help your dog with 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 week until some improvement is seen and then a whole dose once daily for a while, and and then as necessary. I would also give a CHILL-OUT CHEW before leaving the house until she 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?

I would also suggest having a consultation with a veterinary chiropractor. If she was hit there could be a subluxation that needs to be resolved.

Please keep us updated so we can help guide you.

Best regards,

Dr. Char

Dr. Char Wilson, DVM Health Coach answered
May 29, 2015 at 11:14 AM
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