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Tryptophan??

As most probably know Timmy was neutered on Thursday. Since he's been home he's been wearing his ring and has been pretty miserable, 90% of his waking hours he's been dragging his little butt along the floor barking and growling He's sleeping, eating and peeing/pooping all fine. I kept checking his incision which looked fine so I gave him a couple days to "settle in" but this morning he's was out of control. My vet opened at 7:30 this morning so I called and asked if I could bring him in to be looked at to rule out anything I might be overlooking. We're supposed to be getting a nor'easter later this afternoon so rain through Sunday and I wasn't about to be stuck inside with a continuous barking Timmy and worrying that there might be an issue so I brought him in, he was looked over, temperature taken etc... and all looked "A" okay. I was told that some dogs don't deal with these situations well and as long as everything looks okay it's just a waiting game. Based on her experience she did not think he was in pain, but more a tightness and itching issue having seen a clean incision and healing. I really like her, she specializes in holistic and alternative medicine and likes to go the natural less invasive route initially so we're going to try tryptophan and a topical cream to use to try and alleviate some of his issues. So far, no go... any of you ever use tryptophan? For those not familiar with tryptophan, it's found in turkey and gives those who indulge in Thanksgiving dinner an excuse for needing a nap. I'm trying my best to distract him but my options are limited due to his favorite things being ruled out, like taking a walk or playing fetch. He doesn't even seem to want his bully stick. He's outside now with DH who's doing some mulching, he's not so loud barking outside, hopefully my neighbors don't mind. If anyone has had a drama queen with neutering and wants to give me some words of wisdom and reassurance that there is light at the end of the tunnel please do. Okay enough venting, I'm going to go out and run some errands and hope that Timmy's turkey dinner supplements have kicked in and he's sleeping or at least more relaxed upon my return.


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Poor Timmy I didn't know you could still get tryptophan isn't it for calming? Did the vet say anything you could do for him?

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Tryptophan is found in many foods. For years I would get up when I couldn't go to sleep and drink a glass of warm milk with bread. But why not put some itching cream on his incision or give him a tiny amount of benodryle (sp).

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Tryptophan is found in many foods. For years I would get up when I couldn't go to sleep and drink a glass of warm milk with bread. But why not put some itching cream on his incision or give him a tiny amount of benodryle (sp).
I am using a cream as well as the tryptophan. I did switch out the ring (cone thing) for a onesie, I figured if he going to scoot around on his rear he might be better with a barrier instead of right on the ground. He's been napping which he usually does, but will be getting up shortly if he stays on schedule, I'm crossing my fingers he'll be less vocal!

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Hi Jen, I am sorry Timmy is having such a hard time. Brady is a major drama queen, but he did fine with his neutering. Does he mess with it if you don't have the cone on? I never had to use the cone (or similar) with my boys. I remember Brady was up and about the day after his surgery humping the cat. Yep, that's my boy.


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I switched him over to a onesie. I think he would mess with it based on his barking, howling and scooting around. I'll ride it out till Monday, but if I don't see an improvement by Monday I'm calling the vet back. Seems from what I've heard things should be remarkedly improved in the next day or two, drama queen or not. He's eating, drinking, peeing/pooping just fine so my gut says it's nothing serious, but it's a bit taxing on those of us who have to live with him. If I was a really mean fur mom I would video his performance and let you all vote if he deserves an award!

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Dexter and Jack were pretty much back to normal the 2nd or 3rd day. I watched Dexter like a hawk because he wanted to mess with incision. When he got into the mood of messing with the incision, we did something else to take his mind off. We never used the collars.

Make sure there are no tangles in the area that might be pulling...I don't understand why he is scooting.



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