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Re: Psych Meds for Dogs

Postby quagga » Mon May 02, 2011 8:04 pm

[quote="gladcow";p=2391]IIRC, I gave Syama his pill once over the course of the weekend. He took it fine with a blob of PB. He was a calm and sweet lil man, especially when Lola wasn't growling at him :p


Lola growled? She puts up with Lucy, yet she growled at Syama? Was it a boy-boy thing? /ot
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Re: Psych Meds for Dogs

Postby downwithapathy » Mon May 02, 2011 9:50 pm

I will count myself lucky in one way. My girlies looooove taking pills! I give a daily omega capsule covered in peanut butter and have accidentally taught my dogs a new phrase. They both come running when I say, 'it's peanut butter doggy time!' LOVE them!
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Re: Psych Meds for Dogs

Postby vegankitty » Tue May 03, 2011 2:55 am

That's so cute.

Today I stuck it in some of Charlie's raw food. Bonnie are it right up. And she definitely is calmer. Or I think she is.
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Re: Psych Meds for Dogs

Postby gladcow » Tue May 03, 2011 4:07 pm

[quote="quagga";p=2392][quote="gladcow";p=2391]IIRC, I gave Syama his pill once over the course of the weekend. He took it fine with a blob of PB. He was a calm and sweet lil man, especially when Lola wasn't growling at him :p


Lola growled? She puts up with Lucy, yet she growled at Syama? Was it a boy-boy thing? /ot

We never figured it out. Separating Lola from the group when she got mouthy seemed to reset things. Sometimes a trip outside to potty alone was enough, other times she needed some alone time in the garage.

I think she was just grumpy and old* and a teeny tiny bit "git offa mah lawn!" That being said, I was reflecting on other times she has growled and acted out of sorts for no discernible reason, and all of those times the person (and now a dog) she was reacting to was on some sort of mood meds. Weird, yeah? It's literally happened half a dozen times in her whole life, so I may be connecting dots that aren't there.

Lucy had words with Grace sometimes, but Grace was actively pursuing/smacking (LOL) Lucy, so I felt that it was acceptable communication between them. Lola/Syama? Nothing I could tell preceded things.

*she turns 11 this fall. :heart: :cry:
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Re: Psych Meds for Dogs

Postby Shiva » Tue May 03, 2011 6:41 pm

Maybe Lola didn't like Syama's morning songs. :uhoh: The med theory is an interesting one. Maybe Lola knows that something is up chemically (via scent) or mentally (via body language, which dogs are a billion times better at reading than humans are). Maybe Syama had some lingering anxiety that set Lola on edge. OTOH, Syama is always a little bit of a herder/worrier, and Lola may have taken offense at him presumptuously herding her humans - even when he isn't actively herding, he's always watching, and I'm sure that Lola didn't miss that.

I've seen dogs pick fights with wolfdogs for "no reason" enough times that I often wonder if the wdogs just smell different and some dogs simply don't like them. You know, like in Balto. :laugh: :(

Anywho. They are all sweethearts, and I love that we allowed them to hang out and be dogs without hovering or managing them. They worked out what they needed to with relatively little help from us, and Lola put up with strangers in her house as well as I expect that I will when I am "eleven."

Grace and Lucy canceled out each other's badness, I think. :joker: / :devil:
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Re: Psych Meds for Dogs

Postby quagga » Tue May 03, 2011 8:44 pm

Very interesting! Thanks for sharing. :nice:
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Re: Psych Meds for Dogs

Postby gladcow » Tue May 03, 2011 8:55 pm

bbbbut, Syama's morning songs are so great!

the wdog thing is a thing. yeah.

omg my words are gone. :p
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Re: Psych Meds for Dogs

Postby Dugan » Wed May 04, 2011 3:51 am

[quote="gladcow";p=2396]That being said, I was reflecting on other times she has growled and acted out of sorts for no discernible reason, and all of those times the person (and now a dog) she was reacting to was on some sort of mood meds. Weird, yeah? It's literally happened half a dozen times in her whole life, so I may be connecting dots that aren't there.

Nope, not weird. Meds can affect a person's scent.
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Re: Psych Meds for Dogs

Postby vegankitty » Wed May 04, 2011 4:14 am

But would different meds change different people (and a dog's) scent in the same way?

Did she know these people before and after the meds?
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Re: Psych Meds for Dogs

Postby gladcow » Wed May 04, 2011 4:05 pm

Dugan, I thought that may be the case, but I wasn't sure.
VK - yes, these were people she had seen before but reacted weirdly to a couple of times. those couple of times, those people were on meds that were new or different.
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