Panic Stricken

Rescued dogs are often prone to separation anxiety. How can you mend the matter?

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Maybe it wasn't love at first sight, but it didn't take Dawn Goetz long to fall.

Her Boxer, Jezabelle, "probably wasn't exactly what I wanted, but I wanted a Boxer and she was young enough, so I went ahead and adopted her." Goetz says. Three days after she met the 1-year-old dog at the Irvien Animal Care Center, a rescue facility, Goetz took Jezabelle home.

"Right away, there were problems," she says. The biggest? Anytime anything new happened -- if a new person visited, for example -- Jezabelle would urinate, defecate or vomit. Or all three.

It soon became obvious that Jezabelle's gastrointestinal issues, although a problem, were only part of the trouble. They were a symptom of the dog's generalized anxiety that evolved into separation anxiety.

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