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Max is bothered a bit by small dogs, and especially small dogs that bark. Unfortunately his primary babysitter has acquired a dachshund who is pretty barky, and he gets anxious around her. He will settle down after a few days, but he is staying with them twice in November while we are away and I was wondering if Melatonin would help not feel so anxious around her. He is not at all aggressive - he really is scared of her! Kind of acts the way he does with thunderstorms - gets a bit shaky and panting. As he gets older (he is 12 and a half), he tends to fret a bit more than he used to (I love my little old man :blush ) Otherwise they are perfect babysitters - they have looked after him for years, they have another grey girlie and they adore him!

 

Hoping someone can share with me how melatonin works - how much to give - do you have to give it for a while in advance, like clomicalm,or does it work immediately? Does it have any negative side effects? I know I've taken it to help me sleep; does it make them tired? Can I give him the same stuff I use?

 

Any advice and experience is most appreciated!

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My big boy HATES little barky dogs,,, he backs away then turns to leave. I have been using Meletonin,,, human grade,,, 3mgs, for months to see if it helps him grow some hair on his poor bald butt,,,, I have not noticed it makeing him sleepy,,,, :unsure though it's hard to tell, :unsure he is really laid back

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I don't know about barky dogs, but, we give Paul a melatonin about 1/2 hour before a car ride and he seems to settle down. Otherwise, he stands for the entire ride, no matter how long, and pants a lot.

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Melatonin can be irritating to a stomach if it is already irritated. Don't know about your situation, but you might watch for that.

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Give it with food and he should be fine. It helps mine around here during thunder storms.

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I've tried giving Jade melatonin for thunderstorms. I didn't notice that much of a difference. It seems more of a little bit of this and a little bit of that will shave a little bit off the terror. (she also has a thundercape). She is severely thunderphobic, so the change may be too minor to notice.

But if he has no tummy troubles, it can't hurt.

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Any suggestions on brand? We've been toying with the idea of melatonin for Oliver too for awhile. Thanks for starting this thread!

 

Well, I have some human stuff I use here; some health store brand, 3 mg. I'm going to give it a try tonight and see how it goes. We're looking after another grey this weekend, and that always makes him a bit antsy at first too (I told you, he has become a fretter in his old age!) see if it helps settle him...

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I have a huge bottle I bought in Costco. It is Schiff brand. I think it was $5.99. Occasionally, I take one and sometimes my grandson does. He is on medication for ADHD.

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Lisa I've always bought the store brand at WalMart. I've used it on different dogs for different reasons with reasonably good response. I hope this works for my buddy Max.

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