She's since become scared of any creature. Even butterflies. But mostly dogs & cats, probably because we see them more.
Over time, her fear has become more & more intense to the point where now, if we go down the street & walk past a dog, she walks on the other side of me and squeezes my hand tight, not taking her eyes off the dog.
If we go to someones house and they have an animal there, they have to be chained up or locked in a room, or she'll get extremely anxious & keep herself away & out of activites. When on our way to a friends place, all she'll talk about is keeping their cat/dog locked away, or cry because she doesnt want to go over there because there's a cat/dog there.
At a friends place the other day she'd been happily playing for a few hours (she knows there's a cat there) and we thought the cat was asleep in a bedroom. We were out in the backyard and the cat climbed through the fence about 3-4 metres from DD1 and sat down, as soon as DD1 saw it, she screamed so loud and started trembling. I could see she wanted to run away but she didnt know where to go. We all tried calming her down but she wouldnt listen to anyone. Watching her, I was almost in tears. I picked her up & she clung to me so tight & buried her head in my shoulder, still shaking. The next half hour she spent looking for the cat, which we'd locked in another room.
It doesnt help either when idiots walk around town with their dogs without a leash, and laugh when it runs after DD1 while she's screaming in tears. Not frikken funny!!!!!
We used to have a cat, and she was nervous around it, but still could get close to it & pat it. But if it walked towards her she'd get abit scared. It had to be her going to the cat. We've since had to get rid of it though so we have no pets now.
DD2 was fine with animals, but a few times she's seen how DD1 reacts, and is started to do the same sad
We would like to get more pets some time soon, but obviously want to get ontop of DD1's issues first.
Does anybody have any advice or experience? Any good books to read, or links to reliable online info? Anything? Would it be helpful to go to the GP about this? Would they refer us to someone else?