Friday, February 10, 2012
It's no fun having to be quiet
Tucker is unhappy because he isn't allowed to run, jump, or rough house while he is recuperating. He is laying next to me with the leash on and at least he is not having to wear the cone for awhile. He slept soundly without a peep last night while wearing it, which I think means he is submitting to having to wear it for the time being.
Now this surprised us, last night while watching some TV he started humping on the cat bed he likes to play with. The kitties rarely use it but Tucker has had more fun with that cat bed, tossing it up, shaking it, and when he was a little guy he could even fit in it. Hard to believe....but humping? He hadn't done any humping prior to the neutering and afterwards it just happened.
Also he has been really testy or nasty at feeding time with Stewie. Twice yesterday I had to intervene at the end of meal time as Tucker did not want Stewie anywhere near either bowl even though they were both done. I had never seen Tucker so snippy and having never had a poochie do this it did make me upset. This morning I fed Stewie outside the kitchen area where I normally feed the poochies which is also beyond the puppy gate. All went well this way. Why would Tucker be so snippy now? It made hubby and I wonder if we waited too long to have neutered Tucker. Now even when I have fed the poochies before, I never put their bowls near each other. I always make them sit / stay / don't touch, till I tell them "take it" before they can eat and sometimes one or the other jumps the gun and I stop them, pick up the bowl and begin again with the sit / stay / don't touch. This seems to be a new feeding issue and I want to nip this now. I can only assume that Tucker is attempting to be the higher ranking of the two poochies and Stewie in the past with our other dogs Annie and Jesse knew this. He was always the submissive poochie.
All the poochies we have had were not that aggressive when it came to food. I'm giving Tucker a little break as he seems really bent out of shape of not being able to go for a walk or a good play time. I think he thinks he is being punished.
The days leading up to his neutering he had started peeing more in the house and oh I was surprised. He had been doing so well. Now we have to take a few steps back and do the tethering with me to keep an eye on him. On top of all the surgery stuff we also found out he had tapeworm! I have no idea how that happened considering all the multiple fecal samples we had to do before because of the Giardia he had. Seems that the Vet Tech saw them when she was prepping for his surgery. I hadn't noticed any in his poop prior. He hasn't had fleas so how the heck did he get tapeworm? He got a shot for that, a one time treatment. He had been scooting his tushie more recently but we did joke about it and thought maybe it was his anal glands needing to be expressed. I feel bad that I didn't realize that he had tapeworms! This may explain why he has been so ravenous with his food and why his coat has been sort of dull.
Never a dull moment with poochies....even when they are bored because they can't go for a walk or play....it might be a long day for Tucker.....