I'm watching my brother's dog today because she was spayed yesterday. I've always had males, except for Joy and she was not spayed. Abby's a Golden Retriever, about 6 months old. She keeps jumping...is this okay? The vet said to limit activity, which she has done herself as she's slept most of the day so far, but I just feel that jumping would hurt her. Also, does she really need this cone thing on for 10 days? Thanks!
I think it varies on the dog. My uncles dogs were under anesthesia the other day, and one of them was fine but the other one took four days to be her normal self. The anesthesia can take stronger effect on different dogs, what we did with one of the collies, was just stroke her gently, and not take her out until she was much better. We kept reassuring her, but she slept loads, and it was sad to see her not get up. I think it varies, I'm sure she's fine it can just take longer for more fragile dogs.
The dog itself may be fragile not the breed, and just take differently to the anesthesia. She did say, that the dog was jumping. I'd call the vet too, because my uncle did. But I was just saying, that it can take a longer time to come out of it. I'm sure the vet will say the same thing, he can't prescribe anything over the phone, except to wait it out and see if the dog progresses.
Rusty's a golden retriever, he was spayed at about 1 1/2 years because they did it when I adopted him from the shelter. He was ok when I got him. It took about 2 days for him to act fairly normal. He wasn't totally out of it, but not hyper either. He ended up having to have a separate surgery with my own vet because the humane society left a sponge in him! After that surgery he was up and about pretty quick, but not jumping! I would call the vet and just be careful. Oh, and just because I said about Rusty getting the sponge left in him, don't worry. I knew because he wouldn't stop bleeding after a long time and then developed a large red cyst that looked like it was going to burst! Scared me to death. Very rare, my vet said in 30 + years of practice he had never seen such a thing before. And just a side note, he was so upset about it he didn't charge me for the surgery to take out the sponge. I love my vet!
Good luck and let us know what the vet says or how he's doing.
Abby HATES her crate, so my brother and SIL didn't buy her another one when she grew out of the old one. She is in a metal pen now, but that's what she jumps up on. I think it was just when I walked in, she got excited. Now, she's eaten a little bit and is passed out again. The paper they sent home says that decreased activity can be expected for a few days. She is typically hyper, so her being out of it should actually be good, I would think.
I called the vet....what vet is closed on a Thursday???
So, I called my vet, and they said she can be like this for up to five days. She said think of it as a full hysterectomy, every woman I know that's had one has been in bed for much longer and hospitalized. Phew!
Just me, but I would keep her quiet as possible. Be glad she is sleepy.That pain medication helps to control their activity and like someone said it is major surgery. She needs to be keep still and quiet. I have been paranoid ever since my son lost his gsd. to spaying. They gave them no meds and it was hard to keep her quiet. She died that night. It is nothing to sneeze at. I know some look at it like its really nothing but to me any surgery they go through is something. Max just had a growth removed on his foreleg and I gave him his meds, he laid on the couch and I played easily listening for him. lol Mine are spoiled. But, really do try to keep her as quiet and still as possible and she will be fine. They told me tol take mine to tee tee on a leash and not take a chance of them running. Good luck.
Update: Abby has returned to her normal self. I let her out of her pen thinking she would just sleep at my feet, but I keep hearing thunk, thunk, crash, bang, boom! I'm thinking it was that darn cat making a new mess, but no, its Abby crashing into everything with her new "hat". I put her back in the pen thinking she might calm down, but now she is attacking the newspaper.