Hello vets! Vets ONLY please!
My pup's name is Jazzy. She is a Shar Pei/American Bulldog mix that turned 3 in Dec of 2022. She weighs approximately 50 lbs.
Jazzy was purchased at what I was told was 8 weeks old. She was weaned and eating kibble. When she was taken to the vet for her next deworming, she was estimated at 6.5 weeks old. So, she was weaned too early and taken from her mother and litter too early.
On top of this, she was the runt.
She has ALWAYS been extremely hyperactive to the point she cannot focus properly because of this, and physically shakes at times. She has an extremely active lifestyle because of her energy levels, and she could go for HOURS, and still not crash. She cannot seem to calm herself down. She is NOT destructive, just seemingly stuck in this state of incredibly high energy.
I trialed her once recently to try and guage her threshold for how long it would take her to be completely calm, and gave up after waiting over THREE hours with no change.
I have tried CBD and calming chews for her, which have done nothing for her. I have tried to wait things out, as some vets (we have a few because I have multiple dogs) have told us she may calm down with age, but as I already stated, she is THREE now and there has been no change.
Her behavior strongly reminds me of ADHD. I am not a fan of medication unless absolutely necessary, but I KNOW she is not happy being in that constant state of high energy, and I am willing to try medication at this point if it will help her.
Can dogs have ADHD? If so, how is this diagnosed and is there medication that can help? If there is, do I just need to bring this up to my vet?