dogs4jen wrote:Did they empty his anal sacs, sometimes tail chasing can be a symptom of full anal sacs. You could try OTC remedies before resorting to prescription meds, like DAP or Composure and see if it helps. Poor Cash, I hope he doesn't lose his tail.
Adrianne wrote:Poor cash! Can you busy him with puzzles and games to redirect the obsession?
MarMar wrote:Does he have any other behaviors you would call anxious? If tail chasing is the ONLY thing he does that's odd, then I wouldn't be so worried but you say "he's a hyper dog and he gets worked up about the silliest stuff"...if it could help him in other situations I would not rule out meds. My Marlo will be starting them soon, he's always had anxiety but lately its started to affect his health.
tiva wrote:If your dog has anxiety and is hurting himself, listen to your vet and put him on meds! Now! It's exactly the same as if he were diabetic--you wouldn't deny him the insulin, right? Anti-anxiety meds are just as helpful. My Vanya is on prozac after he started obsessing about flickering lights, and it has made a world of difference. We exercised him like crazy, did endless cycles of Relaxation Protocol and Control Unleashed and stimulation games and food puzzles---all lovely stuff, but the meds are what has made him able to relax in his own skin. Listen to your vet!
Vanya is still entirely himself: happy, impulsive, exuberant. The prozac has not changed that in the slightest. But now he can take a breath, calm himself down, and settle a bit. Meds don't tranquilize a dog or sedate him; they just help him be himself.
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