My 12 year old Pug Winston has a herniated disc. He is not a surgery candidate due to a heart murmur and collapsing trachea . He's been on crate rest for a month and has been getting accupuncture and cold laser. He takes his last dose of prednisone tomorrow. He's normally a very mellow boy but this last two weeks we are seeing some anxiety. Vet thinks could be the prednisone causing it . We've tried everything , Chinese herbs to relax him , dap spray , tons of chews and kongs. He has a cart coming Wednesday and we have the Hold me up harness . Any ideas on how to help the anxiety and my sanity would be much appreciated .
My 4 sons Winston Wellington Nelson and Cromwell.
what about rescue remedy? I haven't tried it, but I've heard it's very good. Also they have t-shirts that are calming.....they may be called thundershirts because sometimes dogs get anxiety during a thunderstorm
Stephanie, pugmom to Louie Livewire, born 3/15/06
and my 4 angels waiting at the bridge....
the very special Junior, my pug angel who is doing agility at the rainbow bridge 11/22/91 - 3/13/06
the very special Danny, my first dog, a Dandie Dinmont Terrier 4/5/70 - 2/10/84
the very special Paddy, the pug who was loved around the world, who my family had the pleasure and honor of loving for the last 3 years and 5 months 5/1/98 - 8/6/14
the very special Frannie, the tiniest baby girl pug we ever knew - came into our lives 12/18/16 - 6/26/21
We had one in rescue years ago. She was younger and the vet wanted to do surgery. Our chairperson took her to a vet/chiro. She went weekly, then every other week...then every month......was adopted out....went twice a year....and then only once a year.......Did really well! He did an adjustment first and then acupuncture. Not sure if chinese herbs were involved as he did those too.
Seeing a good healing!
Member of PDCA Rescue Committee
I second the idea of trying a Thundershirt. We've had mixed results here, but it may be worth a try. The Thundershirt doesn't seem to do anything for Nilla, but it does help calm Wonka when he's anxious during nail trims.
I hope the anxiety clears when the prednisone is done. Sending best wishes and healing vibes for Winston.
Mom to Miss Jelly Bean "Beanie" Licorice Pug
Forever in our hearts: Miss Nilla Sassafras Pug August 17, 2002 to April 19, 2018
And my Heart-Dog... Wonka the Dancing Pug, CGC, W-FD, W-TFD.
Februrary 11, 2005 to May 10, 2020. Miss you, sweet boy!