Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Update on my Nervous Dog

This is a follow-up post to the a previous installment, so read that first if you don't know what I'm talking about...

We talked to our vet (which is located in a large chain of pet stores), and ever since they were bought out a couple of years ago, things have gone down hill. To write a prescription, they want to charge us $13 for each. Ug.

My wife has a friend who is a vet-tech and lives in Colorado. On Friday, she talked with her for the first time in quite a while, and mentioned Ace's problem. She suggested we try giving him one Benedryl tablet, as that will sometimes calm dogs down enough so that they can sleep. Of course, it also might have the opposite reaction, so be ready.

On Sunday evening, the rain started to come down and Ace got real skittish. Figuring that there was no better time than the present, I gave him a generic Benedryl, and he slept like a champ until 6:30 in the morning. No worries, no problems! ;>


  1. EXCELLENT! That's not enough for our scaredy dogs, glad it works for you!

  2. I am extremely happy that this seemed to work so well. I think it also has helped that we have developed a standard operating procedure when it starts to rain at night:

    - We grab the leash, and put it on him upstairs.
    - We go into our "bonus" room, which seems to be the room with the least amount of rain noise.
    - One of us crashes on the couch, and Ace sleeps next to us.

    We'll see how it goes with the next rain which is supposed to show up this Thursday evening...

  3. Everyone I know who has a dog pays for all sorts of expensive tests for this or that malady, but in the end it always comes down to Benedryl, the apparent canine wonder drug. Glad it's working out for Ace, too. :)

  4. It works for babies too.

    I kid, I kid.