How CLOMICALM Works
CLOMICALM® (clomipramine hydrochloride) Tablets were the first medication approved for the treatment of separation anxiety in dogs. Along with behavior modification, they work by making it easier for your dog to learn new, positive behaviors. CLOMICALM Tablets are not a tranquilizer or a sedative, and they will not affect your dog's personality or memory.
CLOMICALM Tablets have been proven safe in clinical and laboratory studies. They have been approved by the FDA,* which means they meet tough standards similar to those required for human medications. In studies, the following adverse reactions have been reported: lethargy/depression, elevation in liver enzymes, vomiting, diarrhea, and increased thirst. Click HERE for full product information.
The CLOMICALM Plan is proven to be safe and effective in helping to relieve the suffering of those dogs who have this disorder and helps them return to a normal life.
How to Use
CLOMICALM® (clomipramine hydrochloride) Tablets should be given in conjunction with behavioral training. It is not necessary to give CLOMICALM Tablets with food in order for the medication to work. However, food may decrease the potential of vomiting. Below are some simple guidelines for interacting with your pet which are part of the behavioral training.
- Pay no attention to your dog for 10 to 30 minutes before going out. When you do leave, make it low-key, without elaborate good-byes. Just walk out the door.
- Leave a special toy or treat to distract your dog when you go out, and remove the item upon your return. Make it something special, like a food-filled treat, so that your leaving is associated with something positive. The treat should also occupy your dog during those critical first moments after your departure.
- Ignore your dog until he or she is quiet and relaxed. You may not realize it, but even eye contact can be rewarding to a dog seeking attention. Interact with your dog only when he or she is quiet, thus rewarding his calm behavior.
- Do not reprimand your dog for destructive behavior or for urinating or defecating in your house. No matter what you find when you get home, remember that your dog could not control himself when you were away. Punishment will not help — it will only add to your dog's anxiety.
- Interact with your dog only at your initiative and when the dog is relaxed. Again, show your dog that you like to play with him when he's calm and relaxed. To promote independence, avoid constant physical contact with your dog. Encourage him to lie down near you, but not in contact with you.
- Teach your dog to stay calm as you move away, gradually increasing your time and distance away. Teach your dog to be alone, little by little. Have him or her sit or lie down and stay in place as you back away, praising the dog's calm behavior. Gradually increasing your time and distance away helps your dog become more independent, and enables him or her to adapt to being alone.
- Certain cues tell your dog that you are getting ready to leave. When your dog sees this, panic sets in. Put your coat on or play with your keys at times other than departure. This technique will help your dog become indifferent to those cues.
Only From Your Veterinarian
If you suspect your dog is suffering from separation anxiety, call your veterinarian today to make a special behavioral appointment. Your veterinarian will be able to determine if your dog does in fact have separation anxiety. The CLOMICALM® (clomipramine hydrochloride) Plan can offer a safe, effective solution.
*NADA #141-120, Approved by FDA.