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Separation Anxiety and Grief

A week ago one of my dogs was killed in a terrible accident. My surviving dog is very heartbroken as they were inseparable. We have both been taking Ignatia (30C for the first two days and now 12x) and it seems to be helping. Initially he was waking me at night with severe nightmares, whining, wheezing, trembling, and moaning. Last night he seemed to not have any nightmares. The main problem is he has horrible separation anxiety when he is not with me. He had this prior to getting my other dog but when she came into our lives he was able to be away from me with out panic. I am hoping to find a remedy to help him through this so he can be alone or with other people.
He is a very sweet dog and gets along with other dogs and all people. He is very gentle and rarely barks. He has a huge appetite and eats almost anything. Occasionally, he is destructive if I leave him alone but the main thing is that he pants almost to the point of hyperventilating and its obvious that his stress level is very high. He is obsessive about certain behaviors and seems to turn to them as a form of stress relief. When he employs one of them (such as obsessive fetching) they don't seem enjoyable and it becomes very difficult to get him to focus on anything else.
I am also giving him Rescue Remedy.
If you have any remedy suggestions I would be very appreciative.
Thank you!
  glark on 2011-02-10
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12x is unlikely to be strong enough for this situation.

Do you have 200c of Ignatia?
brisbanehomoeopath last decade
Thank you so much for your response. I do not have it at that strength but will try to find it and start giving it to him. I will post again after trying it.
glark last decade
I am not convinced that the presentation is that of Ignatia, which typically wants to be alone in their grief and cannot stand touching or any kind of consolation.

So my understanding is that he cannot be apart from you? Just you? Other people are not sufficent for him? Can he sleep alone? What else has changed in his behaviour?
brisbanehomoeopath last decade
Yes, he can't be apart from me. He can be with my mother for a time and seems to do well especially if she comes to our home. He was able to stay with my coworker for about 20min when I had to be in another room before he started to panic. He sleeps with me but that is not new and he could not tolerate being locked out of the room. I think the most distressing thing is that he can't tolerate being away from me. This was how it was before my other dog came so I suppose it was always there but they were never apart so it wasn't this acute. Tonight, I had to go somewhere and he could not go with me. I took him in the car and had to leave him for several hours. He can tolerate 15 to 20 minutes in the car without me and seems fine but tonight when I came out he was trembling and had salivated a big pool of water. I'm still giving him Ignatia 12x. Thanks for your responses!
glark last decade

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