I'm Gonna Have to Straight Cath My Dog

  1. We were away from home from 1PM to 8:30PM. Dog in house all day. Now there are firecrackers going off in the neighborhood. CANNOT get dog out from under the table. Dragged her into backyard and this big ole 94-pound German Shepherd literally stood there shaking in fear. Could not get her to go pee. She is terrified!!!! And since there is no signs of firecrackers letting up until oh, midnight or so, her bladder is gonna burst. Ah, poor dog. What to do?!
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  2. 28 Comments

  3. by   hiker
    I bet she'll be ok til, say, 1 or 2 am- she's a big girl, with a big bladder. She can hold it til the fireworks let up. I just gave my pooch a little tranquilizer, and she's sleepin like a baby!
  4. by   KaraLea
    Hope she does OK, let us know...
  5. by   Zee_RN
    What kind of tranquilizer can you give a dog? Benadryl? That's the only thing I have that has any kind of tranquilizing effect. I'm gonna have to ask the vet next time we get there.
  6. by   hiker
    I gave my dog Temazepam- the vet gave it to me. I have tried Benadryl, and it works somewhat, too. But, like people, different things work differently on various dogs.
  7. by   bandaidexpert
    Tranquilizing is the only way, been there, done that! Just remember, the dosage is twice as high for canines. (My neighbor works for a vet). I used to have to tranquilize one of my dogs just to clip her nails. I am believing all dogs are truly terrified of fireworks and anything remotely resembling them. Good luck.
  8. by   adrienurse
    I used to have to "nurse" my dear departed cat Weiner. She was diabetic and I gace her BID injections of insulin every day. Trying to get urine dip stick readings from a cat is no picnic. I finally had to have her put to sleed because she became senile and was peeing all over my apartment. When my grandmother was diagnosed with diabeties I told her, that's okay, it runs in the family.
  9. by   hoolahan
    Poor little girl!! She'll be OK. I used to also think that all dogs were afraid of firworks, but this dog I have now fears NOTHING!! I love her spunk! She will go right up to something she percieves as a threat and investigate then bark her silly head off!

    I had one dog who died on July 4th when I was a kid, the neighbors found her in their pool drowned. They think she got so frightened of fireworks she fell in. Seems fishy to me so many years later, but I have always felt bad for the doggies when they get so scared of fireworks, makes me think of Cookie.

    How about bad lightning storms and loud thunder? My other doggie, Ginger, may she rest in peace, was the biggest sissy there ever was. I remember one hurricane, both kids were on either side of me crying, and miss sissy was trembling against my legs, when the lights went out, and really huge thunder was rumbling, shook the whole house. Ah, hon, can you please get the coleman lantern for me???
  10. by   OBNURSEHEATHER
    My mom works 3-11. On July 4th, and any day a thunderstorm is called for, my "brother & sister" get a little Benadryl with their lunch.

    Your dog should be OK Zee. She is a big girl with a big bladder. My Jack Russell has gone about 12 hours before.

    Happy 4th to you all!

    Heather
  11. by   sunnygirl272
    Originally posted by bandaidexpert
    Tranquilizing is the only way, been there, done that! Just remember, the dosage is twice as high for canines. (My neighbor works for a vet). I used to have to tranquilize one of my dogs just to clip her nails. I am believing all dogs are truly terrified of fireworks and anything remotely resembling them. Good luck.
    meaning....??
    25 mg to human=50 mg t dog..
    OR
    25mg to dog= 50 mg to human

    ????
  12. by   sunnygirl272
    Originally posted by adrienurse
    I used to have to "nurse" my dear departed cat Weiner. She was diabetic and I gace her BID injections of insulin every day. Trying to get urine dip stick readings from a cat is no picnic. I finally had to have her put to sleed because she became senile and was peeing all over my apartment. When my grandmother was diagnosed with diabeties I told her, that's okay, it runs in the family.

    ummmm... please tell us you didn't put granny to sleep too..???
  13. by   kaycee
    I have a lab that is terrified of thunder or any loud noise for that matter. I can bag pots and pans when I'm cooking and she goes nuts. It's gotten much worse as she's gotten older. Some gun dog she would of made. She was alone tonight and was a little nuts when I got home from work. We had a bad storm earlier and she wouldn't go out. She was able to hold it a long time. I'm sure your dog will be ok. She'll pee when she really has to and it will be a long squat.
  14. by   adrienurse
    Sunnygirl:
    No granny is still alive and kicking and terrorizing the staff of her nursing home but that's a whole nother thread.

    I make my living taking care of elderly, demented, incontinent people -- people, you can take care of, keep tabs of, and ensure good quality of life. If you have ever had an incontient, demented, elderly cat -- you would see that this is a whole other issue.

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