More, Just a Little Pushing

We are still having good success in pushing Ms. Honey a little, so I’m pushing a little bit more. (I would add some pictures but she doesn’t like her picture taken right now she’s shedding, bad hair day)

After one year of being on Clomipramine I decided to wean her off them slowly and watch for any changes in her.  First of all I could not have progressed as we did without using the Clomipramine and I must thank my mentor Debbie of the now famous fearful dogs.com  for recommending their use, but now it’s time to possibly stop using them.

The first thing I noticed by cutting her dosage in half is she now eats all her food at one sitting.  She would previously eat it all but it would take her about an hour to do so, take a bite walk away, take another bite walk, etc. plus the food dish NEEDED to be in her kennel, not now, gone in 10 minutes and eats all her meals in the kitchen. (big step)

By next week she will be totally off the Meds and hopefully done shedding, since I still can’t brush her, it’s a big issue (she sheds more than a big deciduous tree in the fall).  If everything is then as it is now, no other side effects by removing the Meds., I’ll be moving her inside with fingers crossed, at least for one day to see how it goes.

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Posted on June 13, 2011, in Our Blog. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Meadow’s really fussy about her food too, but for some reason she loves her fish oil capsule. I think she thinks it’s a doggie gumdrop! It helps that we gave them to our other two dogs in front of her like it is a special treat. Now we just lay it on top of her kibble, and it is the first thing she looks for when we set her food down.

    Well, in any case, at least the Sparrows are happy!

  2. Thanks for the comment Donna, if you follow what Debbie suggests you’ll end up just fine. I tried to wean Honey off medications 6 months ago but she went right back to shaking whenever something new was added to her schedule. I could tell when I started to remove her meds. within a week it wasn’t time to remove them then. Now it’s different, she is ready by showing no real bad side effects. Yesterday was her last and hopefully final dose and I should know by next week but all indications so far are we’re done.

    Regarding fish oil supplement, no I haven’t added that yet to her meal. When I talk about her being a picky eater it was almost to the point of counting the number of kibble and chicken livers pieces in her dish and where to place the dish for feeding, whew I’m glad that’s over. Since she’s still a outside girl her coat was very thick so when she flipped the switch to drop the undercoat, boy did it fall off. The sparrows are having a field day picking up all the used fur in and around her kennel.

  3. I’m curious to see how she does once she is weaned off the medication. It’s nice to hear that she is eating well. We actually just started medication with our Meadow about two months ago (and Debbie was also one of the people who helped give us the nudge that we needed). Although we have seen many positive changes in Meadow since starting the meds, it is still nice to hope for a day somewhere off in the future when she doesn’t need to be medicated at all. In the meantime, thank you for sharing Honey’s journey, I look forward to seeing where it leads..

    Shedding season – bad enough when a dog likes to be brushed. Do you give fish oil? It sure isn’t a cure for shedding, but it does seem to cut down on the amount.

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