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  1. Well I managed to get in to see the vet late yesterday afternoon and have just filled a generic valium 5mg prescription. Looks like the storms are on the way so will see if it helps. The vet said that the previous try with this (I called my VT vet to confirm and he did give 10mg in 2006) may not have worked because the dose was too high and that sometimes less can be more effective. I'll look into the thundershirt too. Someone asked how he is with the crate in normal times and he is fine I will put him in sometimes if I have company and he will from time to time go into it on his own
  2. I guess I'll bit the bullet and check in with the vet. His regular vet is in Vermont (far cheaper!) but the vet I have used once in a while down here does have the advantage of having multiple border collies. Hopefully she is still practicing. In the interim I'll see if I can find any L-Theanine locally as tomorrow and sunday may be bad.
  3. I've not gone the thundershirt route. I did ask at the local petsmart and the manager suggested 'save your money' so I kind of discounted the effectiveness. As to meds, I'm also hesitant as I do not know the lead time necessary. The way things are here in the nj/ny/ct area thunderstorms are often expected but do not always materialize in all areas. I'd hate to have to drug the dog every day during the summer to be covered on the 15 or so bad days (or nights). What meds do you use and how often, etc? I have had mild success in calming him between thunder by playing catch with him but
  4. Hello - I've reviewed a number of the older posts on thunder and well, wish i could have some of the problems reported.. at least by comparison! My 10yr old has had the thunder fear since he was about 2 or so. Until the past 2 years it was bearable as he would generally go to hide in one of the bathtubs and I could live with that even if he sometimes would dig in the tub or on the tiles when it got really bad. Fireworks were bad too though he would generally reappear far sooner. But he has gotten far worse the past two years to the point that it really is a big problem this summ
  5. Thanks for the info Laura. I'm sure hoping for the same thing here. It is brutally hot this week so I don't feel too bad about cutting things back to indoor activity. I plan to still play frisbee and ball with Marley and there are a few dogs I know he can be around without going all out once the weather gets a bit cooler too. I just wish he were starting from a better place on the severity scale. I'm also going to be dropping the reports off to his local vet here in NY as she has four borders herself and getting her take on things.
  6. Thanks for the replies. The cardiologist recommended in his 'owner' write up (attached) to reduce the activity level a bit. Marley has extremely strong herding instincts but unfortunately, I do not have a farm or regular access to sheep so I never started him on any. When young, he did the dog park thing for social interaction but his primary activity has been frisbee. I can no longer throw lefty due to a nerve impingement I developed in my biceps, so we do a lot of that! Two years ago the local park in NY gave us and other dog owners the boot from an area where we were allowed off le
  7. Unfortunately, not a very good visit though the cardiologist said it is not all bad as there is no enlargement of the heart at this time and pressure is fine. At this time he felt it was not necessary to prescribe medication but did give me lasix in case of emergency and wants to do a check up in 6 months. Marley is still an extremely active dog and I can't help but second guess my judgement(s) on when to stop what ever activity he was involved in and say thats enough. I'll have to eliminate some of his activities and reduce the time of others. I'm just so sad right now as there really doe
  8. Thanks so much for the information. I'm headed over there in about an hour so at least I'll have some idea whats what. Hoping for the best.
  9. Hi - my 9 yr old was just to the vet for his regular checkup and rabies vac. It was a substitute vet as his regular is on vacation. She did a thorough exam and said she detected a loud heart murmur. She mentioned coughing as a symptom, Marley doesn't really do that, at least not often and usually with toys (sometimes after catching his frisbee.) I have noticed he gets more tired in the hot weather when running around with other dogs. He's never been fond of the hot weather so I've chalked this up to getting older and generally not knowing when enough is enough (which is why I tend to cut
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