Loving his new cave 3/15/16

Last night Cyrus started pacing again even with the anti-anxiety medication. We tried something new and put a crate in his room and covered it with a blanket. He went right in there and really seemed to like it. However, he still would not stop pacing. I then waited until he was in there on his own, threw a bunch of treats in, and shut the door. We wanted to try this to see if it would force him to relax. I know this was pretty risky because it could freak him out more, but we have to get him to rest. He started crying immediately. He just didn’t know what to do. We planned on waiting 5-10 minutes and if he didn’t relax we would let him back out. His howling was so depressing. Then out of nowhere he passed out within 5 minutes. I couldn’t believe he actually calmed down so quickly. 

After he was in there we reopened the door to make sure he knew it wasn’t a punishment. He was down for the night. 

This morning I woke up at 5am to him crying in his crate. It seemed he didn’t realize he could just walk back out since we left the door open. Thankfully, he went right outside and did his business. No mess for me this morning!

I don’t think I’ve mentioned how out of it Cyrus has been. When we first got him he barely knew we were there. He wouldn’t look directly at us or approach us. Slowly he seems to be coming out of the fog. He is more alert and is making ey contact. He is also coming to us when we call him which he definitely didn’t do before. However, it seems that he may be partially blind. He can see straight ahead but anything in his peripheral view sneaks up on him. He also bumps in to a lot of stationary things and trips over everything. Although I’m hopeful, I don’t know if Cyrus will ever be a ‘normal’ dog again. 

The vet called to check up on our guy. I told her about the vision and stressed he is still pacing even with the meds. She said there is still so much unknown about his medical condition that he may have a cyst or tumor in his brain. We are waiting a couple weeks to see if his function improves with gaining weight. On the good note…his blood panel came back normal! Can you believe it?!?! 

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