Our dog had his neuter on Tuesday (2 days ago). He has refused to walk or stand since the procedure. I carry him out every few hours, and while outside, he limps a few steps, pees while sitting, and just stays sitting except may be a few steps. His lower body is shaking--I am assuming from pain, when trying to stand or walk. At home, he just lays down, does not even get up to eat or drink.
The vet says this could be normal since he is not a puppy. Has anyone seen this? When do we expect things to get better? Does not want to eat or play. I force him to drink, but that's about it.
This does not seem right to me either. I have never heard anyone say this before and never experienced this with any of my dogs. My spoo Khyber I had neutered when he was 2 yrs old and he was fine. Did you bring your dog back to the vet or call him? Did your vet give you any pain medicine? Use your instincts even if you have to bring him to an emergency walk in vet just to get a second opinion. Our dogs rely on us to be their voice. When my dog Khyber was diagnosed with Addison's I called my vet and she told me that my dog had blood work a month prior that where normal. I spoke up with a determined voice that there was something wrong with my dog, and then she said come right over i'll wait. Thank goodness I did his kidneys were shutting down. So that's why I tell you to use your gut instincts.
This is not normal, Sushi was neutered 2 weeks ago at 12 months old and the same day he could sit and walk. The next day he was jumping on the sofa and trying to play with my older dog. I would bring him to a vet to have him check, he could be in a great pain.
I know Sushi had a 24 hours pain killer shot before leaving the vet clinic.
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I don't know what instructions your vet gave you for post-op pain management, or what he told you to expect. But I would not be shy about speaking with him again to get some clarification. How old is your poodle? My mpoo was neutered young and never showed any signs of pain, other than finding me to be a pain for limiting his activity while he healed.
I googled to see what advice might be out there and found this. I sure hope your boy if feeling better soon!
Male Dog Neutering - all you need to know.
Pain after surgery (common).
It is not uncommon for dogs to show some signs of mild to moderate discomfort and pain immediately after having a desexing surgery. It stands to reason: the vet has just performed a surgical procedure on a very delicate area of the male body.
Dogs that are in discomfort after desexing will normally show signs suggestive of pain in the groin region. The animal may pant a lot; pace the room (not want to settle); adopt a stiff hind leg gait (these animals are reluctant to move their hind legs much when walking) and refuse to sit down in a normal sitting posture. Some dogs will be irritated by the sutures and/or by the fact that the delicate scrotal skin was shaved (and thus abraded a little) and keep licking the region obsessively (this licking needs to be discouraged by placing an Elizabethan Collar on the dog or a bitterant on the wound - see section 5 on aftercare). Some dogs will even go off their food for a few days after desexing because of the discomfort.....
Most vets send their neutering patients home with a few days of pain relief as a matter of course, however, some vet clinics do not. If you haven't been sent home with any pain relief for your pet and your pet shows signs of pain after surgery, you can return to your vet clinic and request pain relief pills - these will normally be enough to keep your pet comfortable. If your pet is very old or it has compromised kidney or liver function, certain pain medications may not be recommended and other pain relief solutions may need to be found....
If your pet's discomfort lasts more than about 1-3 days after surgery, you should seek advice from your vet. Most pets don't show signs of surgical discomfort beyond about 3 days and pain persisting beyond this point may be a sign of wound infection, suture-line reaction or some other issue.
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My dog did not walk or eat for 24 hours after the procedure. He had to be carried out to pee and then just laid there until he was carried back in. It could be the effects of the anesthetic and pain killers---but I would call and ask.
Please let us know what happens.
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2 days later, and still not really trying to walk.
Went to the vet yesterday, who thought this was stress and pain-related. We took off the cone today after seeing the vet, and Pushkin went right back for incision, before I even could grab and pull him away... having accidents (never happened before) but not peeing outside when we carry him out. In fact, has not peed since 10:30 am... Not playing, not getting up, looking sick... I wonder if he had a problem before neuter that got uncovered? He was a perfect dog until this Tuesday--playful and smart and trained, but we only had him for 3 weeks...
Is he on pain meds? If not, I would ask the vet for some.
I don't think it's normal for him to still be in pain after neutering if its been since Tuesday. Gucci was back to his normal self the next evening after the surgery. It was harder to try to get him not to run around and be himself.
Is he eating normally?
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2 days later, and still not really trying to walk.
Went to the vet yesterday, who thought this was stress and pain-related. He was a perfect dog until this Tuesday--playful and smart and trained, but we only had him for 3 weeks...
Poor guy! I would imagine he'ld be stressed if he was rehomed 3 weeks ago. But dogs are so resilient!
I sure hope you get this figured out :( How old is your baby-boy?
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Did the vet put him on any pain meds? If not Ask for a very mild one, start giving him some low sodium warm broth,mine like chicken, beef,&veg.After they start drinking the broth pretty well, I will some times mix a little pediatric electrolyte water in it.Please,don't misunderstand, what Im going tosay, this is just the way I am, if things don't get better very soon, or after all this is said & done, me and that vet, would have a come to Jesus,meating, just in case I might need to find a new vet, that understands me, and my baby.Good luck, hope by the time you get this, your little one is up,& running about. Kay
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