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Happy Pills

Friday, June 18th, 2010

az prozacI feel so bad for Miss Abby.  She suffers from fear/anxiety aggression which makes her on edge virtually ALL the time.  We had her on a low dose of Prozac, which was helping.  When we first started her on the meds, I did not notice much of a difference.  She seemed like the same pup, just less tense. 

A few weeks ago we found that both pup’s liver values were high.  We go back to UC Davis today for another liver test to see if there are bigger issues.  One thing we had to do was take Abby off her Happy Pill.  This will give the vet a true representation of her liver health. 

I can’t tell you how anxious I am to get her back on her meds.  I may bring one in my pocket and give it to her as soon as they pull the blood draw.  She has been a wreck since getting off the prozac.  She is scared and aggressive again, which is causing the fights between the girls.  It feels like we have undone all the progress we were making in curbing their fighting.  Needless to say, I certainly did not realize how well the meds were working until we stopped them!

So today we load the pups in the car for the 90 minute drive to see their behaviorist.  Hopefully we get good news on the liver values.  Then we can get back on track with their training, with the aid of a little happy pill.

Good thing they are cute…

Friday, May 21st, 2010

bathtub sad eyesMaybe it is those big sad eyes, or the excess of skin that make the girls so endearing.  Family and friends nearby who have been following our struggles will often say something along the lines of “awww how can you be mad at them when they are so cute?”

Yes, they are cute.  Adorable most of the time.  But there are times they are less than adorable.  This morning would have been one of those times.

I was on my way out the door to work, running late.  After I went through the feeding routine, I let the girls out of their beds to go out back to potty.  I no sooner had my handle on the front door when I heard the tell-tale snarling and fighting coming form the yard.  Good thing the windows were open or I may not have known they are full-on fighting. 

What were they fighting over, you ask?

Shit

Yes, they BOTH now race out to the yard looking for an after breakfast nibble.  The logical person in me knows they are not hungry because they just ate a good sized bowl of food. 

It seems they both honed in on something fairly fresh from one of the other dogs.  I was able to get out there and pull them apart, but not after they managed to step in the post breakfast goodie while they were fighting over it.

pull hair outI have been assured they do NOT need any more food.  They are not going after it because they are hungry.  So what gives?

On the bright side – as proclaimed by the kids who pick up the nibbles before lawn mowing – there seems to be less to scoop.

What a way to start a Friday…