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 Post subject: Zylkene
PostPosted: Tue Jun 24, 2014 12:36 pm 
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Hello!

So love my Harper Houla, but she has separation anxiety. The vet clinic that I work at just got in Zylkene. It's derived from natural ingredients. It's a once a day capsule that you can put in their food.

Well, I started her on it last Wednesday. It seemed to help a bit with kenneling her at the hotel.

Anyway, I've noticed that starting Sunday she seemed really slow (for Harper) and would tire easily. We couldn't even get through our entire FS routine without her being completely winded. She wouldn't even do a dog catch at the end!

SO after a short play, she gets beyond winded and pants continuously and heavily. She will drink a lot and lay down. Those of you that know Harper well know that that is NOT like her.

Could it be the medication doing this? I stopped play and tried to get her to lay down. She was restless. She would lay down for about 10 seconds and then get back up and pace. She WANTED to play, but was too tired to do it.

This could just be her too, but she just isn't listening. She kind of acts in a fog. I call her and she will either 100% ignore me or it takes her a second to figure out what I want. I was blaming the heat and long weekend, but it's not getting better.

Any thoughts??? I'm going to try stopping the Zylkene and see if that helps her energy pick up.

She's never been this quick to get tired! She has been known to not listen to me though...I'm just worried about the sudden lack of energy.

When we are home she either hides under the couch or sleeps in her kennel. That's not totally unusual, but when I'm just sitting on the couch she usually sits by me. Now she hides to sleep, but that could be the heat too!

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 Post subject: Re: Zylkene
PostPosted: Tue Jun 24, 2014 12:52 pm 
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How warm is it in the house?

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 Post subject: Re: Zylkene
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probably around 72? I'm not 100% sure :( I'll look for a thermometer though!

She was very warm and panting heavy yesterday and Sunday with the air on to 65. I mean, it was after we played, but we didn't play for too long or too hard. She was panting for a LONG time too! About 15+ minutes of heavy panting.

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 Post subject: Re: Zylkene
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Is it hot/tired panting with tongue out, relaxed face, long pants? Or is it stress panting? (shorter pants)

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 Post subject: Re: Zylkene
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it's kind of a combination of both. but it's lasting for so long!

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Hmm...it could be she is just really warm and tired but if that's not normal, you may want to ask the vet. If it's holistic ingredients, there shouldn't be any side effects and if there is no lactose in it, it wouldn't be a reaction to the milk product. =-? Poor Harpy. :(

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 Post subject: Re: Zylkene
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I hope she feels better soon, poor Harper.
I have a great holistic vet that has helped me numerous times if you need another opinion.

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 Post subject: Re: Zylkene
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Thanks ladies! I'll keep you posted! She napped tight to me for like an hour. I had to push her away because I was too hot

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 Post subject: Re: Zylkene
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If the problem started within a couple days of starting the medication, it probably is the problem. However talk to your vet before taking him off as sometimes medications need to be tapered off.

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