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Old 02-15-2019, 09:33 AM
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Post TPLO aggression question

On Monday Feb 11th. My 4year old rottie Enigma had TPLO surgery done on his back right leg.
Enigma is normally a very loving dog. Has never ever shown any kind of aggression toward my wife or me. EVER. We always give him lots and lots of head and belly rubs. (Probably too much lol)

The first day post op was pretty calm, lots of sleeping.
The second day was pretty much the same with the exception that when I would pet him he would start to growl. So I would tell him its ok and sit back in the chair. He then would stand up and rest his head on my lap as if he want to be pet. But as I pet his head, he growled / snapped at me.
So I told him to go lay down and he did.

Im able to give him all his medications but opening his mouth with my hands and dumping them down the hatch with a treat to follow and we are able to move and ice his leg after going outside and he hasn't snapped at me once while doing this. but if I rub his head for any length for time he does the snap growl, followed by a sad bowing of the head and pushing it up against me like hes sorry and wants to be pet.

I want to love on him but I really cant with him being so unpredictable.

I will say I am able to pet his back for much longer before he starts to growl but never a snap until I touch his head.

Any Advice? We've back off a few meds and nothing has changed.
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I'd ask the vet if he could be having a bad reaction to the medications or anesthesia. Or if he's in pain. Anesthesia can make animals freak out and not be themselves for a day or two after. My last dog whined non-stop for a full day, just crying after the anesthesia from an MRI. Had a couple of cats crying non-stop one kind of went ballistic. They wouldn't let me take it he til it was calm.

My current dog gets aggressive and literally overreacts to everything on any kind of benzodiazepines. Same reaction on Ativan, clonidine, Klonopin, Valium, anything like that. He can never have them and they're commonly given as sedatives.
It's an atyoical adverse reaction.
If your dog had any of those medications that could be it.
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