My doctor put my chox/mix dog on elavil because she was becoming aggressive to my small dogs. How long is she supposed to take this and what are the side effects.
Answer by RoseofSharon
I can only imagine how scary it must be when your larger dog turns on the smaller dogs. I hope this drug therapy will help your (I assume) Chow mix dog.
Chow’s in general can be aggressive dogs. They are one of the dogs on the insurance list that can cause your insurance rates to be raised because of their known aggressive behavior. They need calm, consistent handling as you develop a pack order in your household with you at the top and your dog at the bottom. You can even put these smaller dogs in a higher position than your chow. There are very subtle ways a dog picks up signals of who is in charge. Here are some examples:
At the food bowl: One, the humans eat first. The dogs must see that you are eating, and they have no access to it. Two, chose a dog who will be the higher of the group. He eats first of the dogs. Put down the dog food while the dogs have to sit and not eat. I make my dogs do some kind of lil trick before I give them the okay to eat like, paw, kiss, and for even more dominance “down”. Then I give the okay for the first one to eat. Do the same for the next one, and so on. Make your chow eat last.
At the door: Humans go in and out of doors first. The dogs should sit at the side of the door and wait for the command to pass the threshold. Again, the same one you chose to eat first should be the one to go inside first, and so on. Again, the chow goes through the doorway last.
In the bedroom: Do not let the chow on the bed and even better not even in the bedroom. Give him his own crate, it can be down the hall or in the family room, whatever, not in a bedroom.
Now why am I telling you all this for your answer of how long should your dog be on Elivil. Do you realize that Elivil is amatyipaline? I was put on that drug at the beginning of my first divorce. It whacked me out so bad I don’t remember anything from that time period. I slept most of the day either in bed or on the couch or with my head down on a table. IT is a powerful drug.
Take this time your dog is on this medication and start this training. As you feel confident in the training, ask the vet for the way to wean your dog off this drug. Keep the consistent training going as your dog gets weaned off the drug. By the time he is fully off the Elivil, you should have a chow that understands his place in your hierarchy of the family. You should not have any issues with him and the smaller dogs, for he is at the bottom of the totem pole.
Anti depressant, anti anxiety drugs are not a cure. Without behavioral training in dogs or in humans for that matter, you will not see a difference without the drug.