After researching endlessly
for about 20 minutes I concluded that what Nugget needs to ease his storm anxiety is some melatonin. We've tried the calming aids from the pet stores to no avail and it seems like his anxiety has gotten worse over the past several months. I really hate to see him so upset, but the thought of him being upset and home alone while I'm at work absolutely breaks my heart. It also only seems to storm in the middle of the week... and usually right at 4:59pm when I'm walking out the door. Go figure.
Storms were forecasted for this evening, so I hurried over to the natural food market during lunch to grab a bottle of melatonin in the correct dosage. I take 10mg
and it really doesn't work, but dogs should only get 3mg.
I gave Nugget some melatonin as soon as I got home so that it would have time to kick in before the storms rolled through. Good thing I started early because he spit it out no less than 5 times before I had to shove it halfway down his esophagus. And just for $hits and giggles, I gave Oscar some too because I was incredibly exhausted and the truth of the matter is that I would give my right arm to enjoy just ONE night of him not bouncing off the walls like the Tasmanian devil.
It never did storm tonight, but I think it's safe to say we enjoyed a rather tranquil evening
after declaring a temporary ceasefire in today's battle of the War of Bones, that is. I'll explain my findings in pictures:
This is Nugget's normal lounge routine, so hard to say for sure if he was feeling "calm" or just lazy
But Oscar's obvious disinterest in actually removing the pillows before he crashed on the couch give me some hope that the melatonin worked.
Dogs dozed, Mom relaxed!
What I've concluded as a result of my highly scientific experiment is that I really don't need to take the melatonin at all. I can give it to the dogs and if they can relax like this every night, I might actually be able to sleep
Disclaimer: Always contact your vet before giving your dog any kind of medication. I did not because I'm an awful, no good, very bad, desperate dog mom! DO AS I SAY, NOT AS I DO (But for serious, I plan on calling my vet tomorrow. SWEARS!)