. What to expect?
We've had a lot of separation anxiety issues
with our adopted puggle Apple
. We got her at almost three years old and her history is cloudy. She has awful separation anxiety that manifests itself in very loud, sustained barking the second we leave. Otherwise, she is almost as perfect a dog as you could ask for. We, along with our building's management and the NYC Department of Environmental Protection (both of whom have sent us letters) are at the end of our rope.
We have a DAP pheromone diffuser, training and conditioning techniques from an on-call behaviorist, a Kong and all the good stuff. We've tried two different collars: the vibration one had no effect and the spray one way too much for her nerves. Even the behaviorist thinks it is time to medicate.
So, it came down to medicating the little thing. The vet has us doing 1mg of clomipramine colloid twice a day with a potential 1mg updose every two weeks until things are good. She's been on it for a few days now she already seems less nervous and skittish and getting less barky.
So is there anything we should watch out for that the vet may not have mentioned? Googling has proved practically useless due to the controversy w/r/t medicating pets. She's been more gassy and she smells ...different
... (she used to smell like Doritos, now she smells like bread) but that's about it.