Tuesday, July 16, 2019

A Hailey Update

While I was at the clinic with Phod, I was able to discuss how Lee was doing with our vet. At the time, he said we keep Lee on her 30 mg of prozac, even if she seems a bit stoned, for at least another week and we would talk about it then. He also prescribed Xanax, to be used when we can't be home, but a storm is coming. 

I did ask him about cannabis, and he said that there are no products designed for dogs, and no studies on use in dogs. While he is interested, he can't recommend it. He has had clients try and and they report success. He said if I was interested "I was on my own." So for the time being, we will not be exploring this for Lee. We will try things that are vet approved.

While our Xanax is meant for emergencies, I did not feel comfortable giving Lee a new drug and leaving her alone all day. Saturday night, while we were home, a huge storm rolled in (the type that takes the power out for a short period of time). It was the perfect time to test it. After a few minutes, she was able to go to her fortress of solitude (aka our downstairs bathroom) and curl up on the bed there and ride out the storm. While texting with my vet the next day (I don't know what I will do when he retires), he said that is probably the best we can hope for.

He also wants us to keep her on the 30mg for at least another week, so we will. Probably a good idea as we have 3 days of thunderstorms in the forecast. The wall repair should be done this week, we don't need to add another hole.

So that is where we are with our girl. I hope this will all help!


As a pet owner, the best thing I have done is teach my dogs to tolerate me "shoving" pills down their throats. It all started with our Loki ,who at the height of his disease needed 15 pills a day. We had tried all the other methods, and he would spit them out. These were drugs that were keeping him alive. I recommend to everyone, to teach your dogs to tolerate it because it will help you assure they are getting medication they need. 


  1. I'm with you...to try things can be successful or not but it's better to trust da vet. we had a bad eggs-perience with the rescue remedy drops what so many people like... for us they didn't work and even as the mama tried to come down with this drops it helped nothing lol

  2. Hari om
    Day by day. Sending a boost of POTP. YAM xx

  3. so glad the meds are helping. and I miss our vet who retired. we don't like the new one at all

  4. We are keeping our paws crossed that Hailey can have as calm a time as possible for her during storms.

  5. Hopefully Lee will be ok during the next storm.

  6. We have "medicine time" each day, consisting on pieces of treat sometimes with meds(for mostly Arty) and with no meds(for Jakey and Rosy)...this has conditioned our pups to take anything(as long as it is wrapped in a pill pocket LOL).

    Glad the meds seem to be working for Miss Hailey!

  7. Well I am not sure about this having pills "shoved down the throat". It might put in jeopardy my strategy of insisting on a coating of grated cheese around any tablets I might have to take.
    Toodle pip!
    PS All the best to Hailey.

  8. First of all AMEN to your P.S. Madi never took any meds until she was 15. She had no clue what/why I was trying to gag her all she wanted to do was RUN. I told my vet all pets needed to be given a pseudo pill daily from the day they came home. Never had to pill our first cat either. I never had trouble pill our Dachshund his long nose gave me lots to grab onto.

    Give Hailey a big hug from me and tell her I'd be happy to go to her fortress with her as I'm not a fan of t-storms either. I hope all works our for that sweet girl
    Hugs HiC

  9. We hope the meds work. We hate to think of her so terrified at times, having to dig through the wall, etc.

    Here, we use the poke-and-cheese meds the few times we've had to use them.

  10. Luckily, Lightning is very good about taking his meds. A lot of people have suggested cannabis and CBD for Lightning, but our vet said the same thing. We hope things go smoothly for Hailey with the medication.

    Woos - Lightning, Misty, and Timber

  11. Poor Hailey. We hope this med combo helps her.

  12. It was challenging getting all Hazel's meds in her at the end. It is hard when you don't have any snout to work with. Paws crossed for Hailey
    Mabel & Hilda

  13. We so hope the meds in combination will work for you, Hailey! My paws are crossed!

  14. There is a canine CBD study going on at the vet school at Colorado State University. https://cvmbs.source.colostate.edu/preliminary-data-from-cbd-clinical-trials-promising/ CBD has worked wonders on the knuckleheads during thunderstorms here. Good luck.

    1. P.S. I note the study is more focused on treatment for canine epilepsy. Just wanted to make you aware.


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