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10 month old puppy had surgery to set broken bone in front

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10 month old puppy had surgery to set broken bone in front legs. Did fine until we took the cone off neck 10 days later. Acts agitated and depressed. Will be asleep and then jump up like something bit him. Giving him pain pills
Submitted: 9 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 9 months ago.

Hello, JACustomer. I have been a Veterinary Nurse for over 15 years and would be happy to help you today. I'm reviewing your question right now.

Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 9 months ago.

I am so sorry to see that no one has reached out to you before now. How is your companion doing at this current time? Any changes?

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
He seems somewhat better - not quite as jumpy, but still not same personality before we took the cone off.
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 9 months ago.

Does he return to the same personality if you replace the cone?

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
He is more like himself this morning so elected not to replace the cone. He is not bothering where the incisions were made on his legs. Stitches were taken out on Thursday.
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 9 months ago.

The jumping and agitated action may be due to phantom pains that come along with a surgery of this kind and with injury, as well. He may have felt some comfort or separation from these pains with the collar on but without the collar is realizing that nothing is touching him or in any manner causing stimulation which may be frightening.

Because the sutures are out and he can go back to almost regular activity, try rubbing/massaging the limb a few times a day with mild vigor and encouraging him to exercise with low impact options like walking, playing with toys on the floor, etc. Getting back to regular activity may assist him in overcoming the sensations that accompany healing. If this persists, you may want to talk to your vet about cold laser therapy for him.

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