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  • Keeping dogs calm with oatmeal?

    5 posts, 3 voices, 2217 views, started Jan 2, 2010

    Posted on Saturday, January 2, 2010

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      My 12 year old lab Nikki has added a pink bandage to her list of woes.  She suffered inexplicable paralysis of her hind quarters last week and tore a toenail while dragging her legs, exposing a nerve.
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      She is responding well to steroid and antibiotic therapy and is walking again.  I’d like some ideas on natural ways to help keep her calm.  She is trying to do too much too soon despite being confined.  The steroids also cause her to pant a LOT and very LOUDLY so I am hoping ot alleviate that too.  Today I tried giving her some cooked steel cut oats as I read they have a calming effect.  No one had reliable info on amounts or frequency though.  I started small with a teaspoon just a few minutes ago. Has anyone tried this method with their pets?  

      If anyone has any other ideas, I’d love to hear them.  I am not interested in oils or herbs because her stomach has always been pretty sensitive. I am hoping more for “food” type ideas...

      Thank you!

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          Max0125 wrote Jan 2, 2010
        • I just went through trying to keep my hyper dog calm after his ACL repair. He also has a sensitive stomach, especially taking pills. What worked for him was playing a Chris Botti cd, keeping the curtains drawn and burning a lavender or jasmine candle. As far as food items, Mason has always been picky, so it was hard for me to choose a food for him. Good luck.

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          Max0125 wrote Jan 3, 2010
        • Melissa,

           I just wanted to tell you that you have been in my thought and prayers ever since I found out. Continue to keep us updated.

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