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I have a rescue dog and she gets very stressed when outside

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I have a rescue dog and she gets very stressed when outside on the lead especially with other dogs. A dog behaviourist has seen her and has said just to keep taking her out and eventually it will get easier for her. I wondered if there was anything I could give her to stop her getting so stressed when she is outside
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Welcome! I am Dr. Altman and am happy to answer your questions today

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So sorry to hear the issues you are having with Bramble

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If she is that anxious there are anti anxiety medications that your veterinarian can provide to help with reducing her anxiety and making her more open to the experience

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Once on them for a while and you are seeing improvement then you can begin to taper them

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I am going to give you a list but changing formats first if you can bear with me

1.) Fluoxetine- it is used as an antidepressant in people but is very effective to reduce anxiety in dogs. It needs to be given for 2-4 weeks before any improvement is seen and sometimes the dose needs to be adjusted to get full effects
2.) Alprazolam- in the diazepam family it helps calm the nerves with situations like thunderstorms, fireworks. It can be given for this purpose but not intended for a daily use
3.) Anxitane- for more mild anxiety and does take a a month for full effect and can be purchased on-line at sites like
4.) Clonazepam- an alternative to fluoxetine in dogs that are not responsive to fluoxetine
Here is a great link to the options available but unfortunately most are going to be through your veterinarian for safety purposes. Sometimes medications are necessary to open the mind to the experience and allow the to realize that it isn't as bad as they think it is out there and it sounds like your little one is one of those cases. Please let me know how else I can assist you both...
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