Does this case of canine Jekyll and Hyde
sound familiar? When you're home, you dog is very well behaved.
Leave your dog alone at home, however, and your lovable canine barks,
whines, or turns destructive: chewing furniture, digging at the door,
scratching the floor, and soiling rugs. If so, it is unlikely
that you have a "bad dog". Rather, your dog may be
suffering from separation anxiety--a very real but often misunderstood
Separation anxiety is defined as a dog's extreme distress response to
separation from an attachment figure, typically its owner. It
often manifests itself in behaviors such as excessive barking,
behavior, or soiling floors and carpets whenever the individual to which
the dog is attached leaves the house.
Diagnosis and treatment are very important because the signs of
separation anxiety may worsen over time. In fact, there are severe
cases in which dogs have jumped through plate glass windows or broken
their teeth attempting to reunite with their owners. Because dogs
with separation anxiety are truly suffering and can do real harm to
themselves, treatment is the only humane option.
Unfortunately, separation anxiety is an often misunderstood disorder.
Many dog owners, unaware that their pet has the disorder, attach human
motivations, such as spite, to their pet's actions and punish their dog
for its behavior. Experts agree, however, that punishment is the worst
response and can actually heighten the dog's anxiety and make the
Relief is now available in the form of Clomicalm (clomipramine
hydrochloride) Tablets, the first behavioral medication approved by the
U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of separation
anxiety in dogs. It is used as part of a plan, which includes Clomicalm Tablets and
simple guidelines for owner interaction with the dog.
Clomicalm can visibly relieve the suffering associated with separation
anxiety. Improvement in dogs can be seen within a month or less after treatment
Treatment of the disorder includes both medication and behavior training
Because every dog's response to behavior training is different,
veterinarians will evaluate dogs individually and recommend the proper
course and length of treatment. Clomicalm
tablets are not tranquilizers or sedatives, nor do they alter a dog's
The tablets come in three sizes and are available by prescription only
through veterinarians. Dog owners who suspect that their pet may
have separation anxiety should make a special appointment to see
read Cybil's story and know that with
time and patience you too can work through this problem.
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