Ariel is the youngest Sheltie I have. When she first came in to the rescue place she went straight to the vet. She was so scared of being in a car they thought she had hurt herself or had heart failure. She was fine, just scared. She also had 3 puppies with her over-breeding was another problem. When I finally got her I took her to the vet first thing, she had a bladder infection and hookworm. If she weighed 9 pounds I did not know where. I got meds for her and took her home. She had the bladder infection all the time and was afraid of people except me. She came around to accepting my husband, but no strangers at all or she would bolt.
The vet put her on Prozac and he said it would take a while to see if it would work. She still had the bladder infection, couldn’t get rid of it – we changed meds several times when she would finish it would come right back in 2 or 3 days. They did x-rays on her for stones, but found no stones. Finally he said to take her to U of I vet school for an ultrasound in case something did not show up. Took her there but nothing showed up. I told them why we had this done and they said to ask the vet to increase the Prozac because fear could cause bladder infection. Well it worked! After 6 months of treatment for bladder infection not working and the worry.
She still has a fear of strange people but not as bad as it was. She will be on Prozac for the rest of her life. Very great dog around us no fear at all and she has plenty of others dogs to play with.
Thank you for sharing Ariel’s adoption story with us, Linda. Ariel looks so happy to be part of your family!