Hi everyone! I'm new here! I came here seeking advice because I have a 12 year old German Shepherd named Daphne who has, with age, become a bit of an anxious dog. We took her to the vet today since we were worried about her panting, and the doctor said it was due to her being anxious. She's never liked fireworks or thunderstorms, always pacing and can't stay still when these things occur. She has prescribed tranquilizers that we give her to calm her down, but I hate to see her so out of it and sleepy. With her age, she can't have an entire pill because even half causes her to stumble around. However, that's not entirely the issue. My family and I are going on a two week long trip to Europe this coming fall, and she does not do well when we leave. She's very good for our family members who watch her, but she gets so upset and anxious she has diarrhea all over the house. This has started to occur since she's gotten older, and as much as I want to enjoy the vacation, the past 3 we've received calls saying she's had accidents all over the house. I don't want to be stressed this vacation, and I most definitely don't want Daphne to be stressed either. Does anyone have any ideas or advice on how to handle this? Or is this how it's going to be? This is the longest we've been away from her so I don't want her to be feeling anxious and sick the entire time, and I would like to enjoy my vacation of course. She's a very smart dog so she knows what the suitcases mean, and I hate to leave her when she's feeling so anxious. Any help I could get would be great, thank you!