After surgery care for my dog?
I picked my 13year old shelty up this morning from getting a hysterectomy(sp?). I had to leave shortly after to go to class, so I put her in a kennel. When I got home I noticed some yellow on her foot and on her blanket in the kennel so I’m assuming she threw up… Well after taking her to the bathroom and giving her some water (which she drank little of) I had to give her an antibiotic. I wrapped it up inunch meat and gave it to her, she seemed starving so I gave her more meat. About 30 minutes afterwards she threw it all up. I waited a bit and then tried to give her some rice that she ate little of. I wanted to get her to eat more so I can give her her other dosage and know she won’t throw it up. I’m wondering if its normal for her to throw up, and wondering if anyone has any safe ideas on what to feed her to get her eating??
Sumanitu has the only reasonable answer. She is correct on all counts. Adding to her response, I am surprised the vet wanted you to medicate her on the same day as her surgery. Usually you start the next day for this very reason.
Do not give her anymore food at all tonight. Let her tummy rest. Limited water, do not let her gulp it. Do not start any more medications until tomorrow morning. The most likely cause of this is from the anesthesia. In the morning, give a reduced and simple ration of plain cooked chicken and rice, or if you like, get some chicken baby food. Be sure to read the labels as some of them actually contain too much sodium and wheat. You want plain chicken only. I would say give no more than a half cup of food in the morning. You can give her a pepcid ac to help settle her tummy. If you want to make her some chamomile tea, that is very calming to the tummy as well. Let her rest tonight in any case, with no more food tonight. She will be okay with starting her meds in the morning.
If you like, buy her some pedialyte to put in her water. This will ensure she has her electrolytes.
I would not give ANY pepto bismol because it can be constipating.
Dog depressed days after surgery?
My dog had to have his canine tooth removed 3 days ago as it was broken and a swelling/abscess had formed underneath it. The vet told me the operation went well, and he was sent home with antibiotics (clindamycin) and painkillers (metacam).
He has been depressed ever since coming home, which I thought was the effect of the anesthetic, but it’s got worse if anything. He’s eating and drinking fine, and the swelling under the tooth is reducing in size, but there is a foul smell from his mouth and he won’t let me look at the actual wound. He just wants to lie still all day, but won’t actually sleep.
I rang the vet Friday afternoon and they said him being subdued was down to the anesthetic, and he would be fine until his follow up appointment on Weds. Can’t ring now as they aren’t open. Could it be infected even though he is on antibiotics, or could there be something else wrong?
Call them on Monday and tell them you are bringing him in that day. If they won’t make an appointment, then put him in the car and take him down there.
Dog mammary tumor. I’m so worried.?
Ok, I decided to take my 12 year old mixed chihuahua to the Vet because I found a small to medium sized lump in her belly/breast. The Dr. said it was a mammary tumor. She did blood work, and all came negative to any sort of diseases. Her heart is a bit large, but has always been the Dr said, so no big deal on that. Her lungs are also okay, Her kidney is also okay.
Dr. said, best would be to operate to remove the tumor and also to spay her at the same time, he said that all together the surgery for both would take 2 hours, and that the safest anesthesia for her would be the gas anesthesia.
Money is not an issue, Dr said her chances are good, bc all of the results came back fine, but I’m worried sick, I can’t properly eat, can’t sleep well thinking of if when i bring her in for surgery if that will be the last time i ever see her (my puppy).
She’s active still, she’s a goof, she eats and drinks well, she goes outside and does whatever she has to do etc … She looks fine, except that tumor in her belly.
Thankfully it has not spread anywhere yet. It’s just hanging there.
This is such a hard choice for me to make alone, I don’t want to send her in, and then have her not come back to be anymore.
Money’s not an issue at all. I’ll do whatever to see my dog well, and I wish I was in her place.
I’m also worried about the after surgery care, I do take very good care of my pet, but I know she’ll be in pain and won’t eat much after surgery and it freaks me out.
Can any of you help me ease my mind.
Thank you, and please no mean answers. I’m suffering enough.
Sorry to hear about the mammary tumour. Usually when caught this early, and it’s removed, there are no further complications. Mammary tumours are not uncommon in spayed females over the age of 7. The good thing is that it hasn’t yet metastisized, meaning spread to another area.. Especially one less operable like the lungs. You are on the right track. Spaying at the same time is also another very good recommendation by your vet. A spay on a chihuahua takes maybe 20 minutes, and will be the full removal of the uterus and ovaries. With each heat cycle the risk of mammary tumours increases which is why it’s not uncommon for them to develop in unspayed females. Spaying will help reduce the risk of the tumour coming back.
Have the vet send the tumour off to the lab for analysis. There are many types of cancer, and it’s best to find out which kind she had, and it will also tell you if they removed it all-leaving nothing cancerous behind.
Recovery is actually pretty quick- faster than you would expect. After care is minimal, and includes plenty of rest, wearing an e-collar to prevent her from licking the sutures, no jumping/running/off leash, making sure the area is clean and dry and monitoring for signs of infection (redness, swelling, discharge, foul odour). After 14 days you will likely be taking her back in to have the sutures removed .
Good Luck with everything, and don’t stress too much- your vet is doing the best care possible.
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