The following success story was shared with us recently, and we would like to pass it along. Feel free to discuss with us if you feel anxiety medication might be beneficial for your pet.
We got Riley our yellow lab as a puppy and by the time he was 2 we knew he was nervous and prone to barking at people who showed any fear of dogs. We tried lots of training, but nothing seemed to help. The problem came to a head when our son was born. We did everything we could to ensure the transition would go smooth but the day our son came home Riley was barking at him. By the time our son was 1 and crawling we knew we needed more help, as Riley would snarl if our son got too close.
We had a trainer come to our home, she worked with all of us and said that Riley was doing everything right; he was giving cues and not biting. We needed to teach our son how to behave around him and the important thing was that we could work through this. It was at this time that we also chose to try medicating Riley for his anxiety. Dr. Kerr worked with us and we were able to get Riley on medication that really helped to relax him yet also let him still be an active happy dog.
While our son was a toddler we used baby gates to keep Riley and him separated unless an adult was able to totally supervise without distractions. We also kept Riley separated in another room when my son had friends over, Riley would get too nervous if there was a lot of chaos and we never wanted to risk anyone being bitten
When our daughter was born in 2010, Riley was 8 and he adjusted beautifully to her. He was relaxed and we were able to trust him around her, which was amazing.
We are so glad that we chose to medicate Riley as we’ve been able to enjoy him and our kids love him so much. Now at the age of 13 Riley will sleep in our son’s room and even lay patiently while the playmobil pirates battle on and around him. My daughter has learned to incorporate Riley into her play as “fur mountain” since he insists on lying right where she is playing. Riley even loves it when other kids come over to play and we no longer have to put him in another room; I’ve even had to deal with the kids asking me to move Riley as he’s in their way and doesn’t want to leave them.
Medicating isn’t always easy but for us it was worth it as the alternative would have been to give our dog away. I don’t believe that we could have kept Riley and had him around the kids with out the help of medication.