OT: Doggie Downers

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Does anybody here have experience with these? We got the vet to prescribe some
Acepromozine (sp?) and were told that it acts sort of like Valium.  With the
4th coming up, we had to do something, but I'm still hesitant. The last thing I
want is 2 dogs off drooling and spaced out in the corner somewhere.


Rachel T.
Damn right I'm good in bed. I can sleep for days. ;)

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I have no personal experience with acepromazine except when given in
conjunction with anesthetics, but my highly neurotic Doberman rescue girl is
on Valium.  She neither drools (except appropriately, whenever I'm eating)
nor spaces out, but she is perceptibly less fearful when she's on it.  I
wouldn't hesitate to give it a try on the 4th with a highly noise sensitive
dog.

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Valium usually has a negligible effect on most canines.  In fact, they can take
a whole jar of it and be utterly unaffected!  It's weird.  I'd assume your Dobe
finds it useful because of the low body-fat ratio on that breed.  But I'm not a
vet, so.....who knows?

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Dr. Sooz wrote:

 > Ace works well, with few (if any) side effects.  It can make your
 > doggies "groggies" the next day, but it's much, much safer, I
 > firmly believe, than fear and panic.  Many dogs injure themselves
 > because they're afraid over the Fourth -- and quite a few panic and
 > get out of their yards, which is terribly dangerous.

The late, great Jessica Sillywhiskers (well, yeah, she wasn't a dog) had
an absolute terror of loud, abrupt noises like thunder and fire alarms.
  The back-up beepers on the garbage truck and the banging of the
dumpsters used to drive her nuts.

You'd think she would have given herself heart attacks on the Fourth of
July (what with all the idiot neighbors shooting off firecrackers), but
oddly, this wasn't so.  Instead of trying to hide under (not behind) the
sofa, she'd be running from window to window to balcony door trying to
see what was making the all the fun, crackley noise.

Cats -- go figure.

Arondelle
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We had to sedate our Chelsea every year for the 4th of July, usually during the
week before the forth we'd give her half the dose just to keep her calm and she
didn't drool, she just slept alot.  On the 4th, we'd have to give her 1 full
tablet and sometimes we
would give her half of another one if 1 didn't work.  There was one year that I
was sure she was going to die cause she was so worked up and scared and we
didn't have anything to calm her down.  I had to sleep on the bathroom floor
with her because she wanted one of us with her.  It was awful seeing her so
scared and nothing calmed her.  The following year we went to the vet and he
gave us some of what you have and to me, I'd rather her sleep thru it, than see
her the way she was the year before.  When she was so worked up, we couldn't
even get her outside to go pee so she peed on the floor.  So far our new dog
Buddy is doing pretty good, doesn't even seem to notice the firecrackers going
off in the neighborhood but I'm not sure how he'll be Friday night.  We've got
our fingers crossed.

I'm not sure if anyone else has any better answers for you as far as giving
them those pills.  You could start off with half the dose to see how your dog
handles it and if after a half hour or so it doesn't seem to be helping, give
the dog another 1/4th or half.  Thats what I did with Chelsea at first because
I was afraid of giving her to much and making her to dopey.  Like I said, she
just ended up sleeping all night.

Jo Jo

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I used to work with a man whose dog was so scared during thunderstorms that she
went though the picture glass window in their living room.  Sedating the dog
sounds like a good idea to me.


Becki
"In between the moon and you, the angels have a better view of the crumbling
difference between wrong and right.."  -- Counting Crows


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I realize that.  I did what I had to do to help her.  I think now that she is
gone, tho I miss her so much, she's not afraid anymore.  The older she got, the
more afraid she got and when I look at old pictures of her when she was such a
care free spirit, well, she lost alot of that as she got older, not only
because she was older but she was just scared of so much.  She never lost her
sweetness tho and I really miss that.  

Thanks for "listening" to me ramble on.  I guess I felt a need to talk tonight.

Jo Jo  

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On 01 Jul 2003 20:42:12 GMT, snipped-for-privacy@aol.comspamsux (Rachel T.)
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One of my boys, Buzz, really doesn't like fireworks (Neil doesn't like
people up on roofs) and this is prime unhappy time for him.  He's in
the house all day today, as well as spending dusk to about 0200 inside
all this week.

We haven't given him anything for it, because keeping him in the house
with the windows closed works.  I've heard that Ace really works.

By now, at 2030 on the Fourth, you probably know how it works.  Buzz
and Neil are sound asleep on the family room floor, with the D.C.
extravaganza on the tube, the windows closed, and the A/C keeping
rough-coated collies comfortable.

Mary

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Mary Shafer wrote:


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Collies named Buzz and Neil who bark at U-2's?  I'm assuming that's Buzz Aldrin
and Neil Armstrong...


What a hoot!


Arondelle
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On 05 Jul 2003 06:20:01 GMT, snipped-for-privacy@aol.compuppies (Dr. Sooz)
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Their daddy was Intrepid Spaceman Spif.  Their mommy was called
Silver.  It was about three months before the 25th anniversary of
Eagle having landed.  The names were inevitable.

Mary

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