He hasn’t had an accident in the house in weeks. His stress is down and judging from the relaxed state of his napping (seen in this photo) his happiness is up.
He and Fergus are so funny together. They politely ignore each other but about twice a week they suddenly have a wrestling match. It’s adorable.
In other news … I took Dexter to the vet today. She says he’s a different dog from the first time she saw him. She couldn’t even examine him the first time because he was so stressed/wild but today he sat perfectly still during his exam and she said she can’t believe he’s the same dog. SO YAY!!!
We talked a lot about his separation anxiety (which is really bad) and I talked to her about how I felt like I’ve hit a wall in terms of his rehabilitation. He’s doing so well learning about doggie etiquette. He’s learned not to poop and pee in the house. He’s quickly learning not to lunge at skateboards and bikes. He’s doing so great with everything except for the separation anxiety.
She suggested we put him in a small dose of Prozac for 3-6 months and see if it helps him. Alison (my vet at Kindred Spirits) is not someone who easily hands out medication. In fact she does everything she can NOT to medicate a dog … but we talked about the Rescue Remedy (which works to alleviate some of his stress) but does nothing for his separation anxiety.
The best way to describe what happens is that the second I try and leave he has a melt-down. It’s not whining or barking or even crying … he screams. It’s not even anxiety at that point; it’s terror. It’s like nothing I’ve ever experienced. 🙁
Alison feels that all the neglect he has experienced has changed his brain function and that with the help of Prozac we can re-wire his chemistry so he can function normally.
You have all been so kind with your donations towards Dexter and your $$ has gone towards a new bed, food, diapers and all the other things he has needed.
The Prozac is quite expensive (about $100 for 6 weeks worth) and she anticipates he’ll be on it for 3-6 months so in an attempt to offset some of the costs of caring for Dexter we are selling these blank greeting cards.
If you’re not interested in purchasing the greeting cards and would prefer just to do a donation; you can click the donation button below … Thank you for being a friend. 🙂