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I have a rescue dog, Staffy/Great Dane (so our vet thinks!)

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I have a rescue dog, Staffy/Great Dane (so our vet thinks!) who is almost 5yrs old and weighs about 40kg.
He's generally in good health but has separation issues, as soon as we leave him he starts barking non stop, which is now giving us a problem with our neighbours, which i completely understand.
I spoke to our vet who suggested a collar that gives off the same hormones(?) as his mother, but that was no use. They also suggested a behavioural therapist, but from experience and research online, i'm not convinced that will help either.
I have got some phospherous tablets from a Homeopathic pharmacy in London, which seemed to help at first but now have no effect.

My question is, could i have a stronger dose or is there something else that would calm him down. He is alone for approx. 6 hrs, 3 days a week.

Many thanks,

David Maryan.
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Vet
Expert:  Dr. Drew replied 4 years ago.

Drew :

Hello, thanks for your question today! I am Dr. Drew, and I am a licensed veterinarian. I'll be happy to help you in any way I can.

Drew :

Given the situation you described, with failure of alternative therapies such as the pheromone collars and homeopathic remedies, I'd suggest something more mainstream and proven.

Drew :

Behavioral medicines such as Clomipramine or Fluoxetine can be given daily, with generally good effectiveness for reducing obsessive-compulsive issues, which include separation anxiety.

Drew :

These medicines are generally very well tolerated (safe for long term usage) in dogs.

Drew :

They are available by prescription only, but are not particularly expensive.

Drew :

I'd suggest one of those as the next step for Rodney.