by Connie L. Clemons-Chevis, DVM, CVA, CVT, CVCH
History: A 2 year old, intact female, Portuguese water dog was brought in for loss of confidence and not performing well in high performance trials. When the dog was four months old she was very confident, out-going and the owner described her as being "a cock on the walk". At six months of age the dog started showing and did okay. At eight months of age, after some emotional trauma, the dog started acting fearful, running from strangers and acting very insecure, and loose, diarrheic stool. The dog was on Anxiety drops and was fed fish and meat-based kibble with fruits, veggies and grains. On a scale of 0-10 with 0 being the worst and 10 being the best, the dog rated a 3.