My 14 year old dog had 3 teeth extracted by a Dental Specialist (almost 2 weeks ago). He had been on antibiotics prior to and after the extraction (about 9 days following surgery) that were prescribed by my regular vet (the dentist indicated no antibiotics were necessary post-opt however). He received Tramadol for 5 days after surgery and has continued his normal/regular dose of Rimadyl
that he has been taking now for about 4 years for arthritic issues.
1) He continues to seem somewhat depressed and lower activity post surgery as pre-surgery.
2) Almost 2 weeks out, I am surprised that he still appears somewhat depressed and lower activity.
Shouldn't his depression have subsided by now and shouldn't he be going back to his normal activity level by now? And if not, how long does it typically take for a dog to resume his normal behavior
/level following teeth extractions?
Could there be something else wrong that I should be investigating?
Was it long enough on pain meds (Tramadol) and/or antibiotics?
I want to be realistic about his recovery time but I am beginning to wonder if I don't have another issue here?
Still Rubbing his face on his bed
Bloodwork looked relatively good pre-surgery (slightly high alk phos & cholesterol)
Tests for Thyroid and Lyme
came back normal pre-surgery.
Was not given probiotic with antiobiotics
Good appetite and perks up for food, otherwise seems kind of down and activity level has not resumed.
Symptoms of tooth issues *seemed* to come on suddenly, literally within a couple of hours he went from very active to looking very ill. He refused cookie and gave signs he had an issue in his mouth, hence the trip to dentist. But starting to wonder if that was the cause of seemingly sudden problem especially now that teeth have been extracted almost 2 weeks ago and still somewhat depressed and not his normal self.
Should I be looking for something else, trying something else or being patient with recovery (and if so, how much longer do I give this before trying to investigate why this continues)?
Also, are there possible lingering side effects of Zenequin (stopped Friday night)?