Just out of curiosity, is the separation anxiety for a new dog or a dog you've had for a long time? The reason I ask is because when we adopted Sean he had major separation anxiety issues but for the most part we were able to work through them.
Whole Dog Journal did a report on "Kong Time" -- and gave it great reviews for handling seperation anxiety -- this is the devise that you fill with stuffed kongs - it releases them randomly over the day, giving a alterting sound a few minutes before the release. Somehow the dogs have this thing to listen for, to watch for when you are gone & it makes them less anxious.
THey aren't cheap but it might be worth a try anyway.
Can I ask the dosage on the med?Athena is on that one and she isn't dopey at all, it just keeps her mind from racing and veering off when she gets worked up over scary things.You can PM me if you'd like.
If you go into the section with articles, read the one on Rescue Remedy....it's inexpensive and safe and works well with separation anxiety according to many people. Just know, it takes a bit of time to work.