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 :).

July 20th, 2011
Gizmo’s paws.
Today, he was neutered. I was ready to take a picture of him with his cone of shame, except… turns out he doesn’t need one. No interest in checking out what went missing. Mostly he acted normal, but an hour after we got home he started getting a bit agitated and whiny. I gave him his pain med but it didn’t seem to do much.I’m holding him now. He finally whimpered himself to sleep. I imagine he’s a bit sore, since he also had two teeth pulled (stuck baby teeth) and was microchipped.

Gizmo’s paws.

Today, he was neutered. I was ready to take a picture of him with his cone of shame, except… turns out he doesn’t need one. No interest in checking out what went missing. Mostly he acted normal, but an hour after we got home he started getting a bit agitated and whiny. I gave him his pain med but it didn’t seem to do much.I’m holding him now. He finally whimpered himself to sleep. I imagine he’s a bit sore, since he also had two teeth pulled (stuck baby teeth) and was microchipped.