Blog from Mom today
I am amazed! That is the only way to describe the difference in my little Denny since we started him on Clomicalm. For the first time EVER he actually came to me by himself wanting a cuddle! He no longer backs away when you reach out to pat him, he no longer barks like crazy at every new or different thing. I can take him for a walk without him looking around terrified the whole time and he is starting to focus more when we do some training routines. He is also eating less now that he doesn't have all that nervous energy to feed. He just IS a much happier more relaxed little guy now.
I know I have mentioned how he was scared of everything but I really can not begin to describe how bad it was - he reacted for all the world like he was abused dog - fearful, scared, terrified at times, timid, worried all the time - it was like he was constantly looking over his shoulder because 'something' was going to get him and he was always on edge. Now, we got Denny at 10 weeks of age so I KNOW for certain he was never abused - a few stern warnings is the most he has ever received - so why he was behaving this way was such a mystery.
YES - shelties can be hyper and shy and timid - in fact one of my previous shelties was that way so I knew there was a difference here.....but this was definitely beyond that. It was breaking my heart to see my little guy so fearful of living and although it seemed extreme we had to try something - so after much discussion with the vet we decided to try this anxiety medication as he thought Denny's problem definitely seemed to be more a chemical imbalance. I should mention though that the 'normal' things lots of dogs get scared of - like storms, thunder, sirens as such - they don't bother Denny at all. We had a huge thunderstorm last night with thunder clapping right overhead and lightening flashing at every window.....and all the doggies just slept through it!!!!!
Clomicalm is actually one of the few anxiety medications made specifically for dogs and cats and has worked wonders for Denny. It hasn't made him sleepy or drowsy in ANY way, he still plays like crazy with Jackson and I actually see him taking time to sniff at scents now - something he has never shown any interest in previously. All round - he is just a much happier and normal doggie now.