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suzdoglover posted:
I have a 12# 3yr old Lasa Alpsa/poodle mix. Anybody have a suggestion on what I can do to calm him. He is hyper active and agressive. HELP!!
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Bonnie Beaver, BS, DVM, MS responded:
Thanks for asking. There are several things that can cause a "hyper" dog and aggression. Dogs can actually have hyperkinesis (typically called ADHD in humans) that will respond to Ritalyn. They can also have hyperactivity which will respond to a tranquilizer like acepromazine. The aggression can be due to frustration associated with the hyper behavior or it could be due to other things all together. On the other hand, the "hyper" behavior can be due to other things like additives in the diet, high protein in the diet, thyroid conditions, and other things.
It would probably be worth while seeing a board certified veterinary behaviorist if there is one near you ( www.dacvb.org ) has a list and the location. If no one is close to you, your veterinarian may be familiar with these problems or can consult with the specialist about what to do. I hope this will be helpful.


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