Dog having Nervous Breakdown?

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lexwild1:
A relative has a one-year-old Sheltie, kind of high=strung, but a nice dog. Typical Sheltie, gotten from a reputable breeder, obedience classes, etc.

They recently got a kitten. Cat liked dog, dog liked cat. All was fine, until a week ago the dog stopped eating, laid down and wouldn't get up, refused to even walk.
They took him to a vet, who ruled out any physical problem. The vet said he was reacting to the presence of the kitten, in other words, a "nervous breakdown". He's on Valium and doing OK.
Has anyone ever heard of such a thing?
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Tee:
[nq:1]A relative has a one-year-old Sheltie, kind of high=strung, but a nice dog. Typical Sheltie, gotten from a reputable breeder, ... in other words, a "nervous breakdown". He's on Valium and doing OK. Has anyone ever heard of such a thing?[/nq]
No, I haven't and I'd recommend going to another vet. When a normally active dog goes off food and exercise there's almost always a medical problem.
Now if the vet is referring to stress then yes, it can cause lack of appetite, sometimes lack of desire to do normal things, but it goes away after a few days and generally sets in immediately after something major. If the dog was fine with the kitten for several days before doing this then I'd doubt the stress factor.

Tara
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