Dog with post-traumatic stress disorder?
(Driftwood, TX, USA)
I got Kodiak (a chow chow) at 6 months of age, right after the amputation of his right rear leg. We assume he got hit by a truck/school bus at about 3 months of age.
The accident dislocated his right hip and he learned somehow how to get around like that for 2-3 months (no one knows the exact story, but he ended up in a shelter. After the amputation he had to learn how to walk all over again, which took over a year of regular water treadmill work and other physical exercises. He now gets around very well, can run if he wants to, plays fetch etc.
Along with his physical handicap Kodiak has been diagnosed with generalized demodex, which we are still trying to get under control but has gotten better in the last year.
He also had a bad experience at a emergency vet over a year ago and since then might growl at people he doesn't know and might try to bite if someone tried to touch him. He was reserved but friendly before the emergency room visit.
His main problem now is (he is 3.5 years old) that when he wakes up from sleeping, he acts like he thinks someone is out to get him; he goes in a split second from sleep to uncontrollably, blindly, barking and getting up to attack whatever he thinks it is that attacks him (this happens mostly when he wakes up from noises like a knock on the door).
It takes him a couple of minutes to realize that everything is good, but during that time I have to watch him closely since we have 3 other dogs whom he might attack when he is in that aroused state of mind.
His diet now consists of vegetarian natural balance kibble, some dehydrated raw food w/chicken, and some home-cooked. He gets several supplements mostly for his skin but also a product called 'stress free complex' from a company called 'springtime'.
I am working on a desensitizing program (making noises when he is sleeping just loud enough for him to hear, without upsetting him).
Any input is greatly appreciated, thank you!
Click here to post comments
Join in and write your own page! It's easy to do. How? Simply click here to return to Dog anxiety.
to ask our veterinarians a question but haven't subscribed to My
Online Vet? Click
here to learn
how or click here to go back to the Ask a Vet Online Library of questions.
Want monthly "News You Can Use"
and important Organic Pet Digest new content updates? Click
here to sign up for our FREE Dog Care Monthly
Do you believe in holistic pet care? If so, please tell your friends about us with a Facebook like, Google +1 or via Twitter, Pinterest, email or good old fashioned word of mouth. Thank you for supporting our efforts!
For additional research, search for your topic...
Disclaimers: The information contained in this web site is provided for general informational purposes only. It is not intended as nor should be relied upon as medical advice. Rather, it is designed to support, not replace, the relationship that exists between a pet owner/site visitor and his/her local veterinarian(s). Before you use any of the information provided in the site, you should seek the advice of a qualified professional.
In the spirit of full
disclosure, we wanted to let you know that we proudly support this
website through advertising and affiliate marketing. In other words,
when you click on a link that takes you outside of this website, we
often earn a small commission. These small commissions allow us to keep
the site up and running and to continue offering it completely free of
charge to you. Rest assured that all content, recommendations and
advice are created before, and are independent of, any sponsorship or
affiliate relationship. Click
for more info.