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Separation Anxiety Departure Cue

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    May 25, 2016 10:43 PM EDT

    This question was asked by a participant in our recent webinar on Separation Anxiety:

    Q: What if the departure cue is the owner waking up and getting out of bed? The only thing that has helped thus far has been high dosage of Xanax 2 hours before waking up. 

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    • 64 posts
    May 25, 2016 11:02 PM EDT

    This is a great time to consider consistent dosing of the alprazolam (like BID, PLUS additional dose 2 hrs before owner wakes), switching the trigger time med to something longer lasting (clonazepam or even trazodone), AND/OR assessing the dose/drug of the maintenance medication.  

  • May 26, 2016 6:45 PM EDT

    The dog was on a twice daily dosage of alprazolam but only .5 mg. (1mg/day). 2mg seems to do the trick.  dog is also on fluoxetine, amitriptyline, gabapentin and buspirone was added about 6 weeks ago but no apparent effects. 

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    May 26, 2016 9:19 PM EDT

    Whoo!  That is quite the protocol!