Another Crazy Puppy Update
The not so good: Doodle MPB broke a nail. It’s bad so far as puppy nail breaks go. Bad enough that today Doodle MPB has to be sedated to fix it. Doodle MPB is probably going to end up with an infection, so she is preemptively going to start antibiotics.
The good (kind-of): Our vet finally saw the real Doodle MPB this morning, not just a cute and adorable doodle. She saw the dog that is neurotic, climbing all over us, jumping everywhere, yelping/barking, refusing to listen and just not stopping for anything or anyone. We have talked about the possibility of giving Doodle MPB anti-anxiety drugs in the past, but our vet always thought it was just normal puppy. Today was different. I explained that we wont give up on her, but we really are frustrated with her and sad that at 7 months old we still cannot have her in the same room with us because she will not just chill out calmly. Honestly, she’s nothing like what we expected when we got a new puppy, she just isn’t a normal puppy – she’s a whole new level of crazy. Needless to say, after this morning, our vet said she needs something to help her cope with all her nervous energy. She’s come up with a plan to use ‘natural’ relaxing stuff for a month, and check back. So as of today, when she wakes up for her minor nail surgery, she will be wearing an Adaptil collar and be given Thera-Bites twice a day. Our vet hopes this isn’t long term, but it could be. And we are both hoping she doesn’t need to be put on a clinical medication like Prozac, but of course, we could end up there too.
So I realize the fact that we are going to start medicating our 7 month old puppy may not be viewed by everyone as a “good” thing. But honestly, we are at the point of needing to try something. And just having an action plan actually makes me happy. Who knows, maybe we will eventually end up with the family friendly puppy I’ve been dreaming of for months.
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