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Unread 10-30-2008, 01:33 PM   #1
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Hi, just a quick question,

My little dog lottie just got spayed a few days ago on tuesday (she also got a little lump removed from her belly I was worried about), it's now thursday and even though I understand she's recovering, she seems very restless, often wanting to scratch the carpet/floor a whole lot, and she's panting a surprising amount. Is this normal? I'm giving her a painkiller in the morning like the vet said. Is she just a bit uncomfortable and frustrated?

Sorry if this seems over anxious, but any opinion is greatly appreciated.

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Unread 10-30-2008, 03:45 PM   #2
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I'm sorry to hear Lottie is uncomfortable. I don't blame you one bit for being worried!

I don't think two days is very much time after a spay. Usually it takes at least a day for them to recover from the anesthetic. After that comes the longer period where they recover from the wound. Perhaps she is panting from fear over the pain? I'd make sure she gets rest and plenty of water, she may not have her full appetite back yet.
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Id say wait another day or two, my dog never showed anything after her spaying and my old lady had severe cancer surgery plus spay and was only showing when she has severe pain. Maybe your dog is more sensitive? You can also try to ask the vet and see if you can up the dose on the pain med.. that might help!!

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Hi, I'm such a neurotic owner I would be beside myself with worry, so don't apologise!!

I would say she is having some pain and discomfort. A hysterectomy is major surgery! As Monkey suggested, ask the vet if you can increase the pain medication.

A couple of other things you can try - a nice warm hot water bottle for her to lay on or with (one of our other forum members, Seraphyn, did this with her dog Poochie and it helped relieve a lot of her pain).

And from the homeopathy contingent down here in Hampshire, you could also try Arnica - a herbal "soother" following trauma (particularly good for bruising). Go to "alternative medicine" in Boots or any pharmacy, a little tube of Arnica tablets (30c strength should be ok) will cost about £6. Just follow the instructions as per the tube - I did this with my little dog for ligament pain, it worked brilliantly.

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I really feel her worse days should be over with alot of pain unless something else is wrong. I have had plenty of dogs spayed or neutered and had not problems. Keeping it dry and clean is the main thing to do and if she is inside that is easy to do.

My dogs are big shepherds needing clamps in them, that makes them worse, but it never seems to bother them only day of surgery they sleep more, but evening they are ready to eat.

In a day, give the vet a call and ask or tell him/her and see what you should do. Do not increase pain meds without asking the vet honey. The Best, all will be fine I am sure.
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