Yes, you read that correctly.
I had delightful plans to spend time with a friend tonight, but a Zena emergency interfered! I told you she’s been very upset at the sound of off-in-the-distance Fourth of July fireworks. We aren’t leaving her alone at the moment.
Take an already nervous dog who suffers (greatly) with separation anxiety, give her additional upset when the family has a few changes in schedules that slightly affect patterns and routines, and then bring on the fireworks and apparently this is what you get!
During our time away from home this week Zena had what Jay called a “freak out” and I called a “meltdown.” Both seem to apply! She broke the screen door, ate the door frame down to the metal flashing, and had a good start on the solid wood back door.
I’m not a dog psychiatrist.
But a trip to the Veterinarian today was revealing.
Did you know that an anxious dog can develop Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder?
How about experience an anxiety attack triggered when her human family is busy and she needs them for comfort?
And did you know that even in a dog anxiety creates depression?
I’m going to be honest; I’m feeling a little anxious myself!
Oh my goodness! A tortoise that eats all my succulents,
and now a depressed dog.
A dog on a new regimen of anti-anxiety drugs…
Does she look anxious or depressed to you?