ahicks51 Posted August 21, 2016 Share Posted August 21, 2016 All our dogs are greyhounds, except Tito, an 80-pound bucket of fur. We've been fortunate that all of our dogs and fosters have been pretty much bulletproof when it comes to thunder and fireworks. But a few years back, Arizona legalized certain fireworks, and people took advantage of that and started using whatever the heck they could buy, and now twice a year Tito gets very upset. And when an 80-pound dog that is pure muscle gets upset, he can tear a house apart. Crating doesn't help; he gets destructive, starts chewing the bars, and won't settle down. The past year or two, putting him in the spare bathroom helped, but then we decided- hey, let's get all chemical and Ace him (acepromazine) for New Years. Let's see if that helps. It kind of helped. He was whacked out, and he recovered the next day. Fourth of July, same deal, except now he needed several treatments (including split pills for the "light" days that preceded and followed the 4th), and he was kind of whacked out but generally did OK. After this past NYE, he didn't do so well. His storm-buddy, Minerva, is now gone; She Who Must Be Obeyed would vault out the dog door and bark at the sky- just once- when there was thunder. Nothing that girl back. She is gone as of her 13th birthday. Tito had his first Minerva-less NYE, and didn't do so well. And this 4th of July was even worse. I think the acepromazine has left him more stressed out from the experience, and now he acts even worse from the Ace alone. Most recently, he's started acting up and getting destructive even when the wind picks up. We tried putting him in the closet- he seeks refuge and will not settle down- and he completely tore the closet apart and tried to core out from the walls. The 4th of July fireworks seem to start earlier and stop later, and just a single "pop" will cause him to start looking for a place to hide, and turning the place upside down. I've never tried a "storm shirt" or anything like that. I don't know how well it would work. So, if anyone has any bright ideas, I'm all out of options. I think he was doing kind of OK, but the acepromazine made it much worse. Not having Minerva is part of it, but none of the other greyhounds get anxious so he's not cueing in on them. Quote Coco (Maze Cocodrillo) Minerva (Kid's Snipper) Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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