[QUOTE=Ranger's Mom;9153259]Thanks again everyone for all the suggestions. I'll try to keep you updated for anyone who might have a case like this in the future. After reading an article on human symptoms of low tryptophan - specifically when levels are low in humans, they lose the ability to recognize facial expressions in other people as friendly and see them all as threatening. Once tryptophan levels are restored, they can recognize friendly again. (bizarre) So...since nothing else has worked, (trial period of anti-inflammatories, trial period of broad-spectrum antibiotics even though bloodwork and exam did not indicate pain or infection, I know some people will comment negatively on that, but I am not giving up on this dog without exhausting all possibilities. And no we do not have any children in the house, just my husband and I.)
Anyway, I started him on 100mg of tryptophan (over the counter supplement from Walmart in the form of 5-HTP) twice a day ten days ago and so far the results are promising. Within a few days we noticed improvement and he has continued to get better ever so slightly every day. He is not his old self yet, other than when we are outside, (where he has never had a problem) but he can sleep in the bedroom with us again and not look at us like we are devils in the morning.
May be just coincidence, but I am cautiously optimistic. For his weight, the dose could be higher (recommended 1mg/lb) so I will be increasing it with the next bottle.
This is not a scientific study by any means,
and too soon to tell how it will turn out, but I will keep you all updated.[/QUOTE
First let me say "Thanks" for posting back with an update..hopefully what you're seeing is not just a "coincidence" but is in fact helping and will continue to help and improve Ranger everyday...reading this prompted me to search tryptophan and it's relationship to serotonin....very very interesting...
This was an emotional thread for me from the beginning because i know how far to often....they come to an end.....I can't say enough good things about you for not quitting and keeping on searching for answers....again I pray he continues to improve.
The two most important things that any dog owner can have IMO--1) Don't quit on your dog & 2)Always have their back
I'm sure you'd say you're the lucky one when you look in your dogs eyes.....but I'd say Ranger is very darn lucky to be in your house and have you keeping watch on his back