|09-21-2013 01:02 AM|
That is so sad and I am so sorry for your loss!
A couple of other things you can try: make sure that Mufasa's toys, bed and his personal items are removed from the house. A game you can play to have fun, is to get a good smelling treat like fresh cooked chicken or liver pieces and hide them in different places. Be excited when playing this game and tell him to “find it”, “seek”, “get it”, “where is it?” any term you’d like to use! Help him find it at first to teach him the game and get him to use his nose!
Our 2nd GSD had depression (along with us) when we lost our first girl.
I started her on a Homeopathic called Ignatia, which is for grief and pining, and and herbal St. John's Wort (or Hypericum perforatum) which some call “Nature’s Prozac”. It is known for use in depression, anxiety and other nervous disorders.
Homeopathy remedies are absorbed thru the mouth tissues and it helps balance the body.
I used the Ignatia in the morning and at night. You can purchase this at a health food store, usually the brand is Boiron, in a small blue vial. You would purchase 30c strength and give 2 pellets that you have dissolved in a teaspoon of purified water (it takes a while to dissolve), and drizzle it on to your dogs gums by lifting his lip. Make sure that if any extra pellets fall in your hand, that you do not put it back in the bottle/vial as it will "fowl" the bottle. This is given away from food or water by 30 minutes. Another Homeopathic you can try is Kalium Phosphate which balances mood and the feeling of well being. You would administer it the same way, but separate from the Ignatia. This can also work for you! You can take 4 pellets of each remedy 2 or 3 times per day and either cut back or discontinue when you notice a difference in yourself or Sid.
The herbal St. John's Wort can be given with food. The dose is 250-300 mg. given twice daily for large dogs. Again, when there is a noticeable difference, discontinue.
Hope this helps!
|09-21-2013 12:31 AM|
|GSDLover2000||I went through the same thing... about 10 months ago we had to put our beloved family dog down... I grew up with her, it was devastating to us all, but especially to Bella who is our toy poodle. She was exactly like your dog now. After many many months of undivided attention, she started to wag her tail again, then we got a puppy Cockapoo. He bugs her to DEATH, like a little brother and big sister, but I can tell she is much happy. Does she miss sleeping next to her big beagle sister, yes, but is she happy with a new little brother, yes... And soon will come the time wen Bella passes, and Bentley is left alone... You just have to be there for them, then I would suggest getting another dog. Probably older, not a puppy, maybe around 2 or 3. So, the dog is mature, but still a puppy at heart. I do hope your dog gets better. I have been through it, and it is a sad sight. I am praying for you and your dog, and Mufasa. I really hope your dog feels better ASAP. Good luck to you|
|09-21-2013 12:16 AM|
I've been through the same thing. It takes time. My Sassy grieved something awful when she lost her sister and littermate Sandy at the age of 13. She didn't eat and lost a good amount of weight. We were so worried. She herself was old and I was beginning to think we'd lose her too. After about 3 months she started eating again and gained back a little of the lost weight. However, all she wanted to do is lay on the front porch and wait for her sister to come home. Truthfully, I'm sorry to say she never really got her spark back. There was just a lonely sadness about her until we lost a year later (almost to the day) at 14.
I hope that's not the case for your Sid. If he's younger he'll likely bounce back in time. Younger animals seem to adjust better. Like people, dogs grieve. And, like people, they all grieve differently.
Do you have friends with dogs that maybe you could have some play dates with. Maybe try doggie daycare so he can play with another dog again a couple days a week. As mentioned, maybe fostering until you find your next family addition.
Wishing you and Sid happier days ahead
|09-20-2013 10:51 PM|
|Mary Beth||Could you foster a dog and see if Sig perks up and the 2 get along? Then if does, consider adopting the dog.|
|09-20-2013 10:34 PM|
Oh that just breaks my heart that he's sad! What are his favorite activities? Does he like swimming or chasing the ball? Maybe try getting him out doing those things more? How about doggy play dates?
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|09-20-2013 10:34 PM|
|fuzzybunny||You could try playing games or what not with him but I honestly think he just needs time. I think they grieve like us. When we lose someone we love it could take a long time to recover and no one takes the same amount of time to grieve.|
|09-20-2013 10:31 PM|
GSD depressed...how to help
About two months ago I had to put down Mufasa. He was one of two GSDs that I have. I rescued him from a dog shelter many years ago and I considered him my son. He reached the respectful age of 14! My boy's legs gave out and I had to make that painful decision we all make from time to time. My other GSD, Sid, just hasn't been the same since. For the first three days, he actually wouldn't eat and barely drank water. I consoled him the best I could and it just broke my heart! He's better now but the spark never really came all the way back in his eyes. I have been looking for a new friend for Sid but haven't been too successful yet. In the mean time, what can I do to help him feel better. We already go for walks at the park, he goes everywhere with me. He knows he will get a burger at the drive thru and that perks him up. But there must be more I can do. Any suggestions?