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Old 08-03-2010, 12:50 PM
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Golden Anxiety and Depression

Hi, our golden, Bella has gone from cheerful and happy to very anxious and stress, she hides from us all the time now, won't eat, tucks her tail when I do anything, is scared of any loud noise, and this morning woudn't even go outside to pee!!

what is wrong with my golden, how can I treat it??
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Old 08-03-2010, 12:57 PM
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Sounds like a trip to the vet to me.....When my Nitey acted like that....(he was 1 1/2 years old).....my vet asked what was happening in our lives, told him we were moving, had moved out of our house, didnt have a new one, and were living with my MIL, and not much room,....that was the root of the problem, he was givin a shot (a puppy upper ) and I was told to spend more time with him.....and that's what we did...it worked itself out....good luck, we dont like to see our pups not happy.....maybe something that is going on in your life is the source of her problem....either way, a trip to the vet might help u and Bella.....
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Old 08-03-2010, 01:00 PM
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Hmm didn't think of something like that. We got some new furniture but no major drastic changes. My wife is home for the summer and spends most of the day with her, but of course Bella hides under a desk. This is so strange, could it be a chemical imbalance in her brain? I hope I don't have to give her doggie prozac.
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We're trying to have a baby... could that be it??
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How old is she?
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Old 08-03-2010, 01:03 PM
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She will be turning 4 on August 8...
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Fireworks?

My guy has been going through the same exact thing since the week before the Fourth. We've had too many storms. Too much fireworks every single night. Too many people practicing at the gun ranges near my house (there is one a mile west of us and another five miles east). Oh, and he was terrified of my bedroom and any other room with windows - even on sunny days. When I'd bring him into my room, he'd huddle into a little ball way under the bed and go wild eyed between that hiding spot and the door. >.<

Sound familiar?

I've been hooking my dog on leash and going outside with him and playing with him or giving him treats. Otherwise, he would not go any further than the direct perimeter of the house. I've also forced him to go for walks with me every single day. And for right now, I put up curtains over my (bedroom) windows (no, my whole entire house is not shrouded like a tomb) and keep them covered all the time.

I know that he is always going to be nerdy about noises, but with careful management things are getting better. And patience. And a whole lot of chirping and HAPPY PLAY effort on my part. And treats.

He is now getting back to normal as far as confidence. This without using any meds (although I did have a prescription I never picked up). He will now go out and play in our front yard again, as long as I go with him. He is now barking and bounding around when I ask if he wants to go walk. And he's back to thinking my room is a safe place. He sleeps on my bed all day and curls up around my head at night.

Every single time he has a bad experience or hears a loud noise, I then back down and start working him through his anxiety all over again. The sooner I start, the easier it is.

Good luck.

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Somethings I would think about.....

Smoke detector low battery beeps can drive dogs crazy.

She may have been bitten or stung by an insect.

Pain makes a dog act like this.

I would go to the vet!
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YES, she's very afraid of fireworks so we give her meds only on July 4th and New Years eve. She's always had this minor anxieties, but things are getting worse, it's so weird. She really has nothing to be afraid of, our house is usually quiet and there's a lot of room...
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Is she intact or spayed?
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