A pot of medication and a lit showing a horse, a dog and a cat.

Living with an aggressive dog 5

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by Erik Prins

03/05/2023

Drugs

Now that we had eliminated any obvious medical problem, it then was an argument for behavioural medication. This was a case of trial and error. We started with Metacam (general painkiller) and Gabapentin (neurological painkiller). This worked wonders as a difference like day and night.

At the same time, I started the process of engaging a certified clinical animal behaviourist (CCAB). In the hope that they could shed light on the behaviour and how to resolve it. This was another step to bring optimism.

High alert

As we were trying out different dosages or other types of medication as directed by the vet, talk about an aggression roller coaster. Some combinations worked great, while others were terrible and caused his behaviour to deteriorate quickly. Every time there was a change in medication, I had to warn the family to be careful around Josh as I don’t know how he will respond. This placed my family on edge and on high alert again.

Man looking unhappy sitting holding a fluffy innocent looking dog. The man holding a sign infront of the dog with the caption "beware of the dog"

I kept a behaviour diary, the purpose of this to aid and analyse which medication combination worked best. I also noticed that the full moon seemed to impact his behaviour negatively. A couple of days before, during and after the full moon his behaviour was not great.  I felt like having to monitor the meds and the moon cycle to keep all safe.

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Erik Prins

Hello, My name is Erik, I am a 3D (Dutch, Dyslexic, Diabetic), 55-year-old young man who lives with his wife, daughter and 3 Greyhounds in North Warwickshire. I volunteer as a dog trainer and run my own dog training and dog psychology business. I am proudly Dyslexic, please forgive my grammatical errors, spelling mistakes and you may be so lucky to experience my chaotic mind. I hope you will enjoy the content as it builds up over time.