by Amy Swartz
Here is a question I recently received about a stressed pup:
I am wondering if you have any recommendations for a blend that I could use with my dog? She has a pretty moderate to severe case of anxiety and I’ve been searching for a therapy for her.
A little history about her; she is a Boxer, about 5-6ish years old. She is a rescue and I believe that she was abused. The rescue league did not have an abundance of information when I adopted her but they did tell me she was attacked by a dog prior to going into rescue. When I met her she did have some severe chest wounds so I do think that ‘something’ bad happened to her. Needless to say, I do believe she has been through quite an ordeal in her young life. I knew what I was getting into when I adopted her so I’m not surprised that even after having her in my home for over a year now, she is still quite afraid of loud noises, new people, children, large dogs and a variety of other environmental stimuli. I have worked with a behaviorist and have had her on meds in the past.
I am hoping that you may have some ideas/remedies that we can try. Just so you know, I am realistic and I’m aware of the fact that this may not work for my dog but I am willing to try. She may always have “issues” and that’s OK. I have definitely accepted this but, I would like to try a more natural approach with her therapy. I would feel awful if I didn’t try just ‘one more thing’ to try and help her become more at ease with the world.
Any help or recommendations you might have will be greatly appreciated.
I definitely think “Happy” would help your pup. I have heard similar stories from other pet owners. City Kitty carries the Happy formula which is good on cats, dogs, humans, etc. I am coming out with a human version of Happy soon as well.
If she will let you, spray Happy in her face and put it in her food and/or water.
Please keep me updated. I sincerely hope your pup improved quickly.
Good health to your whole family,
Amy Swartz DC
206 450 1118
I will update this post as information comes in. Good health to your whole family.