I had my 6 month old pup spayed Thursday. She was heavily sedated that day. Since then she seems almost frantic, trying to get comfortable, licking & biting at her stitches; the vet prescribed an antibiotic and pain meds for her.
She's succeeded in getting one of the stitches out. Does anyone know - is this normal behavior? Her frantic restlessness worries me. Is it normal 2 days after surgery? Her wound site looks ok, is a bit red but not too bad.
Shes also a pretty excitable dog, so I'm wondering if this is normal or whether I should call the vet?
You need a cone collar. Dogs have killed themselves ripping out stitches! Keep an eye on her. A lot of dogs don't like stitches. They don't understand that they are harming themselves.
I know my Dozer went nuts when he had to have stitches from a DEEP cut on his leg. With a cone collar on he still ripped the stitches out 3 times. Finally I didn't want him under anesthesia a 4th time in a week so I let it heal as an open wound. You really don't have that option here.
Doesn't sound right to me. Mine were really layed back because of the meds. I kept them quiet as possible, with no running or jumping. But, they mostly slept and in a couple of days were fine. I would call the vet. Maybe use one of the little collars on her to keep her from chewing her stitches.
You should definitely call your vet. If they used a continuous stitch, which most do for closing, it could come further apart. It is normal for some dogs to bother them and feel good enough to run around the day after surgery. We just spayed and gastropexyed one of my girls on Wednesday. I brought home some ace to keep her clam, because I knew she would be one to want to run around, but she has to be still for a week while the stomach heals. You may want to ask for a sedative along with an e-collar to keep her from bothering it.
My youngest dog was like that. Just frantic after her spay. She was throwing herself at the walls as in running full tilt into them intentionally. Was actually quite frightening!! I picked her up and tried to calm her down while sitting on the couch...she would be sleeping then suddenly leap up and fly off my lap onto the floor and run in circles. Very bizarre. This continued for the first 3 days. We actually though she had some brain damage caused during the procedure. We managed to buy a soft cone for her to wear to keep her from licking her incision. She was much better by day 4 and back to herself within a week.
Call your vet and get an e-collar. Try to put a tshirt or something on her in the mean time to keep her from licking the stitches. If she gets them all out its going to be a trip to the emergency vet to fix it. It is normal for her to want to do that, I'm surprised the vet didn't give you an e-collar. (elizabethan collar)
One of our cats had a nasty reaction to the pain meds after her spay. She literally was flipping out bad! The vet may be able to give you a different kind of pain med if you give them a call.
How does your dog act once the pain meds start wearing off? If she is calmer then that probably is the problem.
Some dogs will try to take the stitches out. This is a very big deal! You can go to the pet store and get a cone or E collar so she isn't able to chew. You really need to keep a close eye on her til you get that collar. It doesn't take long for them to tear the stitches out. I would highly suggest having someone stay with the dog while you go out and get the collar.
This is what happened with my golden. After repeated trips back to the humane society, and antibiotics he develped a nasty infection. I then took him to my own vet who opened him back up and found they had left a sponge. He's been fine ever since. While I realize this is rare you never know. I would take him in just to be sure. Or at least call and keep an eye on him.