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Old 03-17-2016, 06:28 PM
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Life after neuter...

Hi all. I am new here. I'm hoping to get some advice on our current situation. As you can see from the title, we are dealing with a recent neuter- a week ago yesterday, to be exact. A little background on our newest addition: he showed up at our house a few months ago, and has decided to keep us; judging by his temperament and teeth, we think he is around a year; he is WILD- very unlike our pittie mix who would be happy to nap for half the day; he is not a fan of the kennel; loves attention (of course, what dog doesn't). Now to get to our issue(s). His neuter was going seemingly well for the first few days after- swelling was going down and he wasn't bothering it because he was wearing a cone. The Sunday following the surgery we noticed he had swollen quite noticeably, which was probably attributed to the fact that he tried to play and act like he was completely healed. Our options were limited in keeping him calm- as I mentioned, he does not like the kennel very much, and my all natural "calm down pills" did not put a dent in his demeanor. Anyway, Sunday night/Monday morning I woke up to find blood everywhere... My only guess is that it had swollen so much that it came open. We went to the vet as early as possible and it was determined that he has sustained a vascular tear (yikes!). He was given a cold laser treatment and a pressure bandage to drain the blood. He was also prescribed Acepromazine to keep him tranked in order for him to remain kenneled for a week. From the beginning, all I could think of was how hard this is going to be on him, mentally and emotionally. BUT, we don't really have any other options. We are day 4ish into this and I'm finding that I am having to give him more and more pills (still within the full day limit given by the doc) to keep him sedated so he doesn't go crazy, which, I feel, is making things worse. Not to mention that, even with all my internet searching, I can't find good info on using that drug for this type of situation. We still have 3 full days left to go, which feels like an eternity. I'm trying everything I can think of to help ease this experience for him while he heals. His kennel is directly beside my desk (I work from home, so I am at a lot throughout the day). My toddler and I read him stories so he is not so completely bored. I take him out as much as possible. He sleeps in our bed at night, so he does get a long break from the kennel. I am reaching out to see if anyone else can offer some advice on things to try to keep him happier. If anything, share similar experiences, so I know we are not alone.
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First welcome to the forums!

I don't want to be off putting by being brutally honest here but I think the situation calls for it(so please forgive me in advance for being a little brutal here). He is fine in the kennel, its you who is having problems(emotionally i mean) leaving him there.

You have to keep him kennelled regardless of how much he dislikes it. It's for his long term health at this point. You can work with him later on his crate training and stuff, but for now, he MUST stay in the crate at all times.

I know it can be hard, especially with the constant whimpering and whining, but it is an absolute necessity to follow the vets orders to the letter of the law.

You are responsible for him, and you have to make decisions for him to keep him safe and healthy, even if those decisions make him sad, bored, or otherwise uncomfortable.
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I know you're absolutely right. I worry about more than I should, most likely. My main concern is the long term affect this experience might have on him. Especially with being on "ace" for so long. I guess I should have mentioned that, as well. I think it would help to know he will bounce back from this quickly. I think sometimes it helps to hear about similar experiences other have had. I honestly haven't found much, even with using several different search options.
Thank you for the response!
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I know you're absolutely right. I worry about more than I should, most likely. My main concern is the long term affect this experience might have on him. Especially with being on "ace" for so long. I guess I should have mentioned that, as well. I think it would help to know he will bounce back from this quickly. I think sometimes it helps to hear about similar experiences other have had. I honestly haven't found much, even with using several different search options.
Thank you for the response!
My guy got bit by a rattlesnake when he was around 6 months old. It was a terrible experience and he was basically bedridden(against his wishes) for about a week. He is happy and healthy now. Not the same but similar experience.

Dogs, in general, are very resilient. As much as he whines and complains, im 100% sure their will be no long term psychological damage from being in a kennel for 3 days. It sounds like you already keep his mind busy while he's in there. Have you considered getting a puzzle toy with some treats for him? That might help to settle him in for a bit. (and give your nerves a break)
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Stuff them with peanut butter and treats. Freeze them. Hours of time to keep him occupied in the kennel. He'll be fine in his kennel. It's normal for them to be bored or whine. He'll get settled eventually.

although im not sure if dogs can use these well with a cone on their heads or not....?
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