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Less Anxiety, More Dog Kisses

Almost immediately after putting Lilly back on a full dose of her dog anxiety medications, we saw a dramatic change in her behavior.

best dog blog, champion of my heart, kiss me graphicKissing has always been a tell-tale sign for Lilly’s mood:

  • If she is kissing ME a lot, in a demanding way, that actually means she is VERY anxious.
  • If she is kissing Ginko, rather than growling at him, that means she is relatively calm.

Within just a few days of Lilly going back to taking her chlomipramine twice a day, we started to see a lot more kissing.

I’m very pleased.

Roxanne Hawn

Trained as a traditional journalist and based in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, USA, I'm a full-time freelance writer for magazines, websites, and private clients. My areas of specialty include everything in the lifestyles arena, including health and home, personal finance and other consumer interests, relationships and trends, people and business profiles ... and, of course, all things pet related. I don't just love dogs. I need them in my life. Seriously.

Kris @ Attainable Sustainable - January 1, 2012

I’m continually surprised at how tuned in to Lilly’s moods you are. I struggle with this with my human kids – knowing how to read a dog’s moods is surely beyond me. You must be so perceptive!

Ettel - December 31, 2011

Fascinating – my uber anxious Poodle only learned how to lick me after I put him on meds – for him it’s a sign of extreme calmness and contentment. So cool that the same behavior can have opposite meaning for different dogs.

melF - December 29, 2011

It’s great to hear that the meds are helping. Lady was on the same meds all the way up until she disappeared. She was off them for almost 2 full weeks by the time she came home, so we thought we (me and the rescue) would see how she did being off them.

I have not seen much difference in her personality and anxiety from what she was like on the meds, other than she has been even more affectionate and fun-loving since she’s been off them. Of course, that may be related to her disappearance and knowing she is finally home, but I still wonder if it’s the fact that she’s off her meds.

How interesting that it has a much more pronounced effet on Lilly. I am glad she is feeling much better. It’s so hard to see them so anxious isn’t it?

Jen - December 29, 2011

Aw, kisses. Glad to hear that the meds are helping.

Debbie Jacobs - December 29, 2011

So I guess we are assuming that Gingko is the recipient of the kisses?

    Roxanne Hawn - December 29, 2011

    Yes. Lilly is still snarling at him pretty often, but she is also kissing him a lot. We’ve added a ThunderShirt now, so we’ll see if that makes any difference.

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