rough rough night

 
Mr. Brown got home about 3:30 yesterday, still pretty sedated.
Well, that wore off about 12:45 last night and he freaked out trying to rub and scratch his eye...
I popped a few Benadryl in him and then laid down on the floor to keep him restrained calm until he fell asleep.

fast forward



3:25 a.m. Freak out number two where I launched myself from the bed and tackled him to the ground.
Took him outside, fed them both their breakfast (it's the normal feeding time for them during the week and they like to keep a tight schedule) gave him his pain meds, more Benadryl, followed by more of me sleeping on his bed with him holding his head and legs so he wouldn't damage his eye...

he didn't settle this time.

these procedures are incredibly painful for dogs and the cones of shame cause Mr. B more anxiety than I can even describe. This soft one doesn't seem to be a problem for him which I'm grateful for, but between the hours of 3:45 and 6:45 there was pacing, some not nice words said, snuggles, restraining, and finally at about 5:30 some *crate time because honestly, we both don't fit on his Costco dog bed nor do I want to...

He spent the next hour grunting in his crate while I tried to bury myself in the bed.

7:00 a.m. I let him outside and then we went back to bed... only when D was ready to go out to breakfast did he finally fall asleep...

Our first boxer had an eye injury similar to this 12 years ago and we used a homeopathic sleep aid to keep her calm... I bought more of it this morning and it's doing the trick.

According to WBR he'll be feeling better in about 24 hours... the first 24 are horrible and I can confirm that... my goal is to keep him calm and drugged for the rest of the day and till it's healed up hopefully...

Thank goodness for weekends when I can stay home and take care of him...


*I know there are people out there who are against crating dogs, that it's cruel and they aren't meant to be caged. I can promise you that my dogs do not feel that their crates are cages, they are their safe place. They go in on their own and are never put in there for punishment. It's the safest place for them, otherwise they'd just be tempted to get into things they aren't supposed to.

Comments

Linda Cannon said…
Crates are meant to be used as you are using them. Our current dog hated the hard side crate but doesn't mind her soft side travel crate. It is important especially for a large dog in Mr. Brown's situation to use a crate, in throwing himself around he could really injure himself or accidentally you. Hang in there they hate anything wrong with any body part they cannot soothe themselves.
Carmel said…
Thank you for your wonderful comment... It's very hard for me to see them hurting, harder because I can't make it all go away... Hopefully the combo of pain pills and homeopathic sleep aids will give him a good nights rest...
Linda Cannon said…
And you too. I understand, we once stayed up all night taking turns watching a dog breathe, so I get it.And when they hurt and you can't do anything it hurts you just as bad.

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