July 22nd, 2011
Their bulging eyes look so interesting up close, even when they’re closed…
Update on Gizmo post-neuter:The tramadol that was given to him for pain, which would normally sedate most dogs, actually made him a lot more hyper. Bolting-out-the-door hyper. After talking to the vet(s), at first they said to take him off it completely (which I was extremely hesitant to do), but then they said to reduce to dose to 1/4 pill only twice a day. I asked how I would know if he was in pain, and they said males rarely experience much pain at all with neutering (and they heal fairly quick), but if he’s in pain, I would notice heavy breathing. I asked about the whimpering/inability to calm down post surgery the day he came home, and the vet said that’s actually a side affect of coming off anesthesia, not pain. However, some of the behavior where he was avoiding sitting or laying down for more than a few minutes may be due to minor discomfort, since he did have surgery.
That’s all gone now, and since I’ve cut back on the pain medication (because I still want to give it to him in case he’s in pain. How am I really going to know if he’s in pain?), so has the craziness. Now he’s just back to his normal boston terrier craziness :).

Their bulging eyes look so interesting up close, even when they’re closed…

Update on Gizmo post-neuter:
The tramadol that was given to him for pain, which would normally sedate most dogs, actually made him a lot more hyper. Bolting-out-the-door hyper. After talking to the vet(s), at first they said to take him off it completely (which I was extremely hesitant to do), but then they said to reduce to dose to 1/4 pill only twice a day. I asked how I would know if he was in pain, and they said males rarely experience much pain at all with neutering (and they heal fairly quick), but if he’s in pain, I would notice heavy breathing. I asked about the whimpering/inability to calm down post surgery the day he came home, and the vet said that’s actually a side affect of coming off anesthesia, not pain. However, some of the behavior where he was avoiding sitting or laying down for more than a few minutes may be due to minor discomfort, since he did have surgery.

That’s all gone now, and since I’ve cut back on the pain medication (because I still want to give it to him in case he’s in pain. How am I really going to know if he’s in pain?), so has the craziness. Now he’s just back to his normal boston terrier craziness :).