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Old 07-07-2013, 07:19 PM   #1
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Hi Everyone,

I am new to this forum, and I actually signed up for a specific reason. We just had our recently adopted 4 year old dog spayed at a low cost clinic 4 days ago. She had no issues during surgery and she did fine recovering from the anesthesia, but she is in a tremendous amount of pain. Everything I have read and heard makes me think that it is not normal for her to be in this much pain 4 days post op. I took her to the emergency clinic and the vet looked at the incision and felt it, and our girl did not seem bothered by that (the incision looked great). However, when the vet felt up around in her abdomen, she (the dog) cried out and jerked her head backward as if to tell the vet "hands off me." The vet could not give me a good explanation as to why our dog would be in so much pain. She just said it's probably because she is an older dog and is not recovering as fast as a young dog would.

Our dog is in so much pain that she is reluctant to go outside to go to the bathroom..she is barely moving, and when she does move around she is in obvious pain (whining, licking the air, tail tucked). She is eating and drinking and going to the bathroom (we have to make her go outside to do that though). She did not have a temp. either. I am giving her pain meds, tramadol and rimadyl, but they don't seem to make any difference for her. I'm going to try and see my regular vet tomorrow and hopefully get some answers.

Does anyone have any advice or insight as to what might be going on?...I am worried that something is seriously wrong.

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Hi Elizabeth. As a fosterer, I have seen a LOT of dogs through desex surgeries, at different ages. I would say what you are describing is not typical. All dogs are individuals, and some feel more pain than others, typically older dogs are slower to recover, and I have found small dogs seem to often suffer a bit more than larger breeds.

It is great that you took her back to be checked, but I would give the clinic another call. At the very least it sounds like even if there are no complications, she needs more pain relief in a hurry. Usually vets give a long lasting injection to relieve pain after surgery, but four days later this will well and truly have worn off. If she is showing abnormal discomfort it needs to be addressed at the very least with additional pain meds.

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Hi elizabeth.g welcome aboard to Df! Sorry to hear this about about your dog (what's her name?)did the vet who did the surgery have her any pain meds? When y Nipper was done a few years back she did whine a bit but that was the anasethetic wearing off and within 24-48 hrs she was ok. I would seriously get your regular vet to check her over A.S.A.P Please let us know how you get on and give her a gentle hug from me and my girl
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Hi Bigboy and Kaos,

My girl's name is Shen and she is a Rottweiler Bernese Mt. dog mix. To answer your question Bigboy, I was given pain medication for Shen when I picked her up from surgery and I started those meds the first evening post op. The next day Shen was displaying behavior that indicated to me she was in a lot of pain...I continued the pain meds I was given, but they didn't really seem to help. I called the clinic that did the surgery and they gave me another med to give Shen in conjunction with the first medication...again, this has not seemed to make much of a difference for her.

I was at the local emergency animal clinic both yesterday and today. Yesterday the vet said continue the meds she was on and give her arnica (a homeopathic medicine). I kept pushing them for another med to give her (one that was stronger) but it was like they just weren't hearing me...I did what they told me to do (continue with old meds and add arnica) but this morning Shen was no different, plus, upon taking her out to pee, I noticed her urine looked really dark (like there was blood in it). So, back to the emergency clinic we went...after 4 hours of mostly waiting to be seen, Shen was looked over (a urine sample revealed blood in her urine). She was prescribed an antibiotic for a bladder infection and they told me to go to my regular vet as soon as I could to address why she is till having pain in her abdomen. She may need an ultrasound to determine what is actually going on...
I am worried that perhaps the vet at the low cost clinic was not that experienced and maybe did not do such a great job with the spay surgery...I've tried looking online to figure out what could possible be going on...but I really can't find any answers. I guess I will have to wait and see what my regular vet says...Shen is finally resting somewhat comfortably right now so at least that's something to be grateful for...this has been a rough week for the both of us.

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Oh sorry to hear about the infection, I hope that is all that was causing the unexplained level of discomfort. It definitely wouldn't be normal for a dog to be so uncomfortable when on pain meds following routine desexing. Let us know how you get on....

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Welcome to the forum but sorry to hear your girl is not well. I hope they can figure out what is wrong and she is feeling better soon. Please keep us updated.
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Personaly Shen is only 4 years old and while I agree with Kaos about all dogs recover at different rates the length of time is quite long and the pain doesn't seem to be subsiding. and now you find a UTI type of infection while it's not unusal for a dog to get UTI it does seem a coincidence that this has happened so soon after a operation (spaying) Nipper also used a low cost spay center (Uk) who did a great job

Personaly I would go back to the low cost clinic and get some answers. if they haven't got the ultra sound equipment to do the checks then you need to go back to your normal vet and let them do the necessary tests
to find out what's going on! At this stage I would keep Shen as comfortable as possible Please again keep us updated to Shen's progress!!
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Welcome to df. Sorry to hear about Shen's troubles. Hope the poor girl gets to feeling better soon. I hope you take her to your regular vet as soon as possible. Good luck to you and your girl.

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