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Of course you are overwhelmed!!!!  This "small chunkmof time" feels like ot will last forever!  It won't though!  Promise!!!  

You've had all the stress of getting the diagnosis, all the worrying before the surgery, then the mental and physical exhaustion of the recovery, PLUS all the additional stress of the incision ordeal......and you're still standing!!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂   You're stronger than you realize!!! GOOD JOB 🙂 🙂

Just a couple of thoughts.  They do make various "muzzles", and some sryles may be less upsetting to Jesse than others.  Elizabeth (Jake's mo ) used a lightweight "basket"  muzzle that he could even drink from, pant freely, etc

Also, do you feel like his pain is being managed okay?  He's basically had a "second surgery" on the same spot in a matter of days.  The shaking and lack of eye contact could be his way of showing you he's in pain.

As far as being enclosed in the bathroom.  You may have already mentioned that, but is there a compelling reason he can't be in an area of the house where you are?  Or can you lay with Jesse outside on a blanket for a little while'?  Being oitside sniffing breezes and the various scents of nature seems ro do wonders for a dog's morale.

Continue to stay connected!  We are here every step of the way!  Keep you're enerfy strong and upbeat and confident for Jesse!  You're doing really, really well!


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I'm so sorry this is such a ruff time for your pack. I know you worry about breaking his spirit, that is common around here but I can tell you that we have never seen that happen. Stay strong and pawsitive no matter how tough this gets and he will pick up on that and reflect it back. I promise.

Why is he spending so much time alone and separated? That sounds like it could be a huge reason why he is so nervous. Try an x-pen in the living room so that he is still confined, but can see the pack and feel like he's not all alone. You can pick one up at a pet supply story for less than $50 usually and they are so handy for future needs.

Regarding the food...try anything to get that medication down. Peanut butter, cream cheese, stinky meats, liverwurst, etc., usually do the trick. 

Things will get better! Soon you'll look back and be amazed that he's doing so well!

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I guess I made it sound like I'm keeping him in the bathroom,  no not at all, that is where he is choosing to be most of the time. He can roam around the house and outside (fenced in yard with a dog door) anytime he wants. Luckily I am retired and have been able to supervise him this whole time. I have been able to let him be cone free most of the time during the day, only at night does he get into the lick and destroy mode. 

We have had a much better day so far today, thank God. He is spending more time wanting to be with me and his doggie brother.  I think you maybe right Sally, I think the 2nd sx in as many weeks has just taken a toll on him as well as me. We were able to up his meds today, with permission, so hopefully if pain is an issue we will manage that a bit better. 

He absolutely loves the hickory pill pockets, thank God for small favors, so no problems there.

Your support and advice is so great, nice to have allies😊

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Ohhhhh that makes sense now! Well do keep in mind that hiding like that is a pain indicator so it's something to keep in mind if you feel his pain medication needs some fine-tuning after this latest tweak.

Glad to hear today is a better day! You bet we are your allies, totally get it.

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