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I posted about rescue remedy last week. He hates driving in the car now. Something he's done from the time he was 8weeks old. For the very first time- he refused to jump up to his crate in the back of the van. I had to lift him and he tried like hell to get back out. So I tried the benadryl and it had no effect on him at all. He panted the entire 3.5hr trip to my parents. And the exact same thing on the way home. AND then the fireworks. He was barking, pacing and just over all stressed. People were doing them late into the night last night. HE jumped on our bed, which he is not allowed on. He was just so unsettled. :( I really hate seeing him this way. He was always such a carefree dog. Nothing bugged him, except rollerblades. Now, it seems like anytime he is out of his comfort zone, he's a mess. :(
 

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poor tucker... it's hard to see them like that. have you talked to your vet about this? maybe there is something they can suggest to help with tucker's anxiety.
 

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Poor guy! It's hard to see them not enjoying stuff they used to love.

We've had great success recently with acupuncture for our Tucker. Maybe if your vet offers it you could look into that?
 

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Poor Tuck. :( How old is he now, Aim?
 

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Amy- He just turned 9 in March.

Even just now- I just put together a coffee table for our patio set. It was sitting between him and the sliding glass door. He freaked out trying to get around it. A table?

Yes, I plan on discussing these issues with our vet. :( It's just so hard to see.
 

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Oh that's right, he's a year older than my Tuck. I cannot bear the thought of him getting older and slowing down. :(

Aim, have the vet check his eyes and ears really good.
 

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Poor Tucker. It is heartbreaking to see them get stessed over things that never bothered them. Please give Tucker a big hug from his freinds in PA.
 

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Have you had his hearing and eyesight checked? If he is having a little trouble seeing, that might account for him freaking out at unexpected things. Skippy is 9 years old, and he is more easily unsettled now than he used to be. He's always been scared of gunshot due to an accident when he was younger, but now he really freaks out and gets so anxious, and we live in a area where the neighbors are always "taget shooting" It's so upsetting to see them so upset and not be able to calm them down.
 

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I know some folks use Prozac or a ativan type med. for their pups' I bet your vet can help you! Poor boy! ((((hugs)))) for Tucker and you!
 

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Oh poor Tucker. Hope the vet will have some suggestions. If it makes you feel any better, Saba really freaks out at the sound of fireworks and he's only 3.5yrs old. Last year they freaked him out so bad he wouldn't go outside after dark. So maybe it's just some odd anxieties, nothing to do with Tucker's age...I'm hoping anyway.
Good luck!!
 

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my petsitter told me about something called proquiet. one of her clients gave some to her. i have not looked into it, so if you do; let me know what you think. i think it is tryptophan and melatonin combined. i do know my vet prescribed melatonin for some of her patients.
 

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Good thoughts for Tucker and you. Wesley, too, is slowing down (9 in April) and changing his reactions to things. Tough to see.....
 

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My boy hates fireworks too, aim.. it's the only thing that freaks him out.. thunder is fine.. fireworks sends him into panic barking fits..

Maybe he's having some trouble seeing, aim.. if he's being skittish around new furniture or situations where he can't be near you..? hard to say..
 

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Jes has developed a recent phobia to riding in the car, and I don't understand why. I got him in college, so since the day he was a tiny little pup, he's been riding regularly in cars between trips home, camping, etc. All of a sudden (in the last year), he just trembles and pants - and the kicker is that it's not on every trip. I cannot figure out what is triggering it.

I remember my first dog and the differences we saw as she aged. In many ways, senior dogs are awesome, but you can't help but feel sad when you see them not being able to do things they used to.
 

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Poor Tucker. Have you tried melatonin? It seems to help our anxious one.
 
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