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My Springer Spaniel becomes very anxious when i need to leave her in the house on her own (doctors app, or to sign on). She yelps and howls constantly, quite loudly, and upsets upstairs neighbours. What could i give her to calm her down for a few hours until i return. I only leave her twice a month on her own for about 4 hours tops, other than that i never leave her. She is 8 years old.

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Hi Susan,

Separation anxiety is a very common problem for many people and their dogs. They are pack animals and they want to be with the whole pack all the time.

There are a few things you can try.

One is using a calming formula to help her relax at those times. You would give it to her a half to one hour before you leave.

Animal essentials makes a good one we carry in our store. Here is a link for more information on it. http://animalessentials.com/#products:66

Another possibility is using a Thunder Shirt. These are very effective for stressful situations. We've used one on our beagle during thunderstorms and fireworks. They have an article on how they help with separation anxiety.

You can read more about them here: http://www.thundershirt.com/

You can also try to work with a local animal behaviorist. They can come to your home and work with you and Cally so she is more relaxed when you leave.

I don't know if you know of or ever watched Cesar Millan's television show The Dog Whisperer. He has a website as well and sells DVD's on different behavior training. I remember an episode that he dealt with separation anxiety successfully.

More info about him here: http://www.cesarsway.com/

You could also try giving her a Kong filled with treats. These are very good baby sitters and keep most dogs occupied for a period of time. We've used them before with our beagles. We would fold over jerky strips and shove them in a Kong. They would work on those things for a long time. We would come home and they usually couldn't get them all out. Very effective at keeping a dog occupied.

Lastly, you could possibly drop her off at a doggy day care facility. I'm sure there are some in your area and would just charge you for a few hours. That way she can play and socialize with other dogs as long as she gets along with others.

Those are about all the ideas I have on that. Every dog is different and one or more of these might work with her. You just need to try a couple of them.

My specialty on this forum is in dog nutrition. Should you want me to evaluate Cally's diet, I would be happy to do so. Food is a very powerful medicine. Not feeding a balanced diet and without certain supplements, dogs are very much prone to diseases these days.

If you want me to evaluate her diet, just reply back to this same question and let me know everything that is in her current diet, including brand names so I can look up ingredients.

Most people take for granted that everything a dogs needs is in that bag of dog food but this is far from the reality.

They need lots of high moisture foods and if you're not feeding a raw food diet, they MUST be supplemented with enzymes and probiotics. Otherwise you are setting her up for a higher chance at degenerative type diseases.

I hope this information helps and please get back to me if you would like.

Roger

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Can answer all nutritional information for all dogs. Common problems with food, supplements, weight control, allergies, fleas, etc. Questions regarding raw food, homemade food, skin & coat issues, ect. Can't and/or will not do medicinal type questions that the vet takes care of.

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I am certified in Dog Nutrition. Over 6 years now I've owned a natural pet food retail store. I've worked with hundreds of dogs and there owners to achieve better health. We promote a healthy balanced species related diet. This is the way nature made your pet to thrive. Fortunately for those who cannot or wish not to feed a raw based diet, there are alternatives with supplements and cooked food. Just don't let processed food be there only diet. Food is the most powerful medicine. Heal the core of the animal and the rest will take care of itself. We've turned the lives of many dogs around. There parents come back into the store and comment to us on how there dog acts like a real dog again. Our business is thriving and we continue to help many.

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We work with Second Chance Companions, Must Love Dogs, members of ASPCA, HSUSA and started our own personal "Red Head Rescue" (non chartered) for stray dogs and rescue dogs from high kill shelters. We've been able to heal the many health ailments these dogs have and place them in good homes.

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Dog Food Decoded - How To Choose A Health Diet For Your Dog and Your Budget - Available on Amazon in Kindle format or Paperback. Various articles for in store and web.

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Certified - Canine Nutrition Level Three. Last 7 years I've been working with veterinarians, holistic veterinarians, attending seminars and best of all, real life experience with hundreds of customer dogs and cats. I've seen what works and does not work. Feeding a proper species appropriate diet works for most ailments. We've taken away our petís natural diet and caused most of todayís problems.

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None.

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Many satisfied pet owners coming to our store for nutritional help and advice.

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