jtalt7 wrote:I have noticed that every TPLO that we refer out has been given Ace as part of their post op med routine
Yes, this was our situation with Molly and I had told the vet I was seeing some signs of SA behaviors prior to the surgery. Her Ace tablets are 25mg and the vet's instructions were 1/2 or whole pill twice daily as needed (Molly weighs 48lbs). We used a 1/2 the second and third nights she was home because she wasn't sleeping but she was fine during the day so we did not give it to her during the day.
To update our situation now, we are at the tail end of week 2 post-op. We started Molly on Xanax Monday night. I was told it would take about 48 to really start having an effect so we started working on the behavior modification things on Monday anyway instead of waiting another couple of days for the Xanax to take effect. The first week she was home, we rarely left her alone as I wanted to make sure she stayed still and to make sure there weren't any signs of the various drugs (anti-biotics, anti-inflammatory, and pain management) causing any problems. Confinement is new to her because we were not able to crate train her (bad, I know) but we did a lot of desensitizing with the x-pen prior to surgery and that is how she is confined now.
At the beginning of this week, we started transitioning back to a schedule that is more like our normal M-F work schedule so we are giving her more and more alone time to see if she will be okay with that or if we need to hire someone (I already have someone in mind) to come once a day. She has been settling down really well, there is still some anxiety but she seems to get over it much quicker. I think she is sensitive to the Xanax as it starts to affect her, there is a consistent 15-20min period of anxiousness that starts a little while after each dosage of Xanax and I have found the behavior modification steps are more easily accepted after that window of anxiousness has passed.