Lola was fixed this morning. She is at home now and is extremely sore. It obviously hurts for her even to walk as she cries out whenever she moves. Picking her up is impossible - she screams like a banshee. Is this normal? I expected her to be sore obviously but when Bosco got neutered he was acting fine by the evening. She stood up, screamed in pain, and now refuses to sit or move.
I'm sure somone will give a much more clearcut explanation than myself. But a spay is a much more invasive procedure than a neuter. Could just be a lot of pain, or something else. Sorry that isn't the most reassuring answer. Everything is "probably" ok though...just keep a careful watch, especially for a fever.
i know neutering is less extensive than spaying, but i don't think she should be in that much pain. is there an emergency pet clinic in the area you could call and ask. my vet lists a local emergency clinic on the voice mail when they aren't open. in the past, when i've had my girls spayed, they were mostly groggy all evening.
What did they tell you about pain killers? We were given an injection before we left of long laster pain killers, and were told that she'd be okay for pain. She acted drugged and uncomfortable the first night, but I could pick her up without her crying out. She walked like she was uncomfy, but yours sounds like there may possibly be something wrong..
Do you have any sort of number for your vet for after hours? We had a pager number in case anything went wrong.
I do have the number for an emergency animal hospital but no emergency number for MY vet. They said she should act groggy for the rest of the evening but should be acting more like herself tomorrow morning. She is eating, although not much, but hasn't drank yet since she has been home (about 4 hours). I'll continue to keep an eye on her, and call the emergency vet if things don't get better in the next couple hours.
With our spays we always gave them an injection of rimadyl before the spay and morphine. Then we always gavie them another dose of morphine in the afternoon before they went home. Then we sent home rimadyl pills to be given the next morning. She shouldn't be that sore if the vet gave plenty of pain meds.
ya know it makes me mad when a vet does not give pain meds. pain manigement is sent home every time a dog has surgury at my vet. some will say if it hurts they wont move around as much and they heal better. sorry id like the vets that say that to go threw that with out meds. i hope that she feels better soon. also the meds they put her under will make her cry. thats an effect from iso. you can also put a worm water bottle by her belly we also do that at work.
I've been away from the vet's office for a long while thankfully. Just curious but I was always under the impression that Rimadyl was used primarily for osteo-arthritis issues. Not doubting anyone or trying to second guess, just curious. Hope your puppy is doing well!!
They didn't send home any pain killers?? I think I'd be switching vets. Be careful though. For the immediate problem if you can get a hold of the vet that did the surgery that would be best. If they gave an injection of pain meds. this morning you may not be able to give anything until in the morning. That's something that if you call an emergency vet they will probably want to know. I know you can give baby asprin, but I wouldn't know the dose to tell you and I wouldn't advise it unless you know what they gave her this morning.
Rimadyl is just a non-steriodal anti-inflamatory drug...similar to something like advil, or aleve in the human world. It simply reduces inflammation, which helps to reduce pain. It's used a lot with dogs with arthritis, but can also be used as an all around pain killer. It comes in pill and injectable forms.
***Edited By: gingerspice on 3/31/2005 8:57:32 PM*** Reason: typo
When Summer was spayed she layed in her crate the rest of the night and the whole next day. She came out to pee and that was it. Didn't cry when she walked, though. And I didnt try and pick her up, so Im not sure if she would have cried--but I bet she would not have liked it. I'd keep her in her crate for a day or so, she won't mind. If she still screams like that tomorrow or the next day bring her back to the vet...or call in the morning, just in case.
If your pup is in that much pain, I would be calling looking for answers from even the er vet. We were told Cider had had an injection of pain killers, so that she couldn't have anything more, but she didn't act like she was hurting, let alone excessively hurting.
If nothing else I would call the er vet and ask how normal or not your pups symptoms are.
i just called the vet i work for and she said a little pain is normal but alot to where she wont move is not. she should be able to use the bathroom normal and not cry. you can get dog pain relief at the pet store. but thats just for a little pain
You do not want to give asprin as that it thins the blood. Spays hurt and once hte pain killer wears off she now can feel an incicon in her abdomin. Don't pick her up don't flex the stomach muscles, she will eventually lay down and she will be exausted. In the AM call the vet and ask for pain killers, demand them because she needs them, but unless you have remadryl or deramax on hand, don't do anything.
Icyhound, thanks for mentioning the aspirin contraindications. If I get my abdomen cut open(happened once to me), I want more than a NSAID. Padding the bill with Rimadyl?? We used Torbutrol SQ and in really bad cases a transdermal Fentanyl(not talking spays though) patch. Again not second guessing.
I recently had fairly minor shoulder surgery. I'm a "big tough guy" 6'0' 225lbs, and I cried like a baby for many days. Have seen many spays that never received any thing from the narco log. What I'm trying to convey is anyone's guess. sorry
my vet doesnt have an emergency number either...if you call the regular number...it rings in to the vet thats on call...I have had to call a few times during the night...give it a try...you have nothing to lose...Good luck with your little lady./...