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Need quick advice on my dog (surgery today)

Moms View Message Board: General Discussion: Need quick advice on my dog (surgery today)
By Jtsmom on Tuesday, October 28, 2008 - 07:54 pm:

My Siberian Husky was "fixed" today. He has been walking through the house whining for about an hour now. I know he is in pain, but the vet didn't send anything home for him. Is there anything I can give him or do for him? He doesn't really want me to pet him or mess with him.

By Tonya on Tuesday, October 28, 2008 - 09:00 pm:

Call the vet or since it is now so late find a phone # for an emergency vet in the area and call them. I swear when my dog had it done he came home with some meds.

By Jtsmom on Tuesday, October 28, 2008 - 09:58 pm:

My sister-in-law's neighbor is a vet. so I called her and they said that they never send a dog home with out some meds. Poor thing. He finally went to his kennel and layed down. I hope he sleeps well.

By Crystal915 on Tuesday, October 28, 2008 - 10:02 pm:

You know, it's funny you posted this, my dog was spayed last week, and I was shocked she didn't come home with any meds. Luckily, she didn't seem to be in much pain, but it still bothered me. If we had surgery, we would take something for the pain, right? Anyway, I would definitely call the vet, because although Izzy was lethargic for a couple days, she was not whining or acting as if she was in pain. *All* she wanted to do was lay in my lap, and be pet. (I think the moping was the e-collar, at least in part, because a day after taking it off she was running around again.) You would think a girl would be more likely to be in pain, considering the procedure, wouldn't you? I hope your little guy is feeling better soon, seeing a pet with discomfort is almost like having a child in pain, to me at least!

By Marcia on Tuesday, October 28, 2008 - 10:06 pm:

None of my dogs were sent home with meds after being spayed. The last one, just a few months ago, came home her normal, bouncy self. You never would have known she had surgery. I could hardly get her to sit still!
I hope your boy feels better soon!

By Marie on Tuesday, October 28, 2008 - 10:19 pm:

Mine all were. I have 3 dogs that have been fixed and they came home with anitbiotics and a little pill to give them if they looked to be in discomfort but I can remember the name of it. I would take him in and see what they can do for him

By Dawnk777 on Tuesday, October 28, 2008 - 11:02 pm:

Jasmine didn't get pain meds, either, after her spay surgery. She was bouncing off the walls, though. Every once in a while, she'd wince, but it wasn't very often. We had more trouble keeping her calm, than worrying about pain relief.

By Ginny~moderator on Wednesday, October 29, 2008 - 05:42 am:

Whatever you do, don't give over the counter human medications. Dogs have a different metabolism and human medicines can be fatal.

When Sascha had her second ACL surgery she came home whining and really difficult. Turns out she had a reaction to the morphine based medication they gave her for pain. Don't know if that is your husky's problem, but just telling you our dog's problem.

When Scott gets up, I'll ask him.

By Jtsmom on Wednesday, October 29, 2008 - 07:16 am:

Thanks everyone. He seems to be better today. He slept good and is wild and crazy like his normal self!! Still whining a little, not much though.

By Scott on Wednesday, October 29, 2008 - 10:56 pm:

And your vet didn't send him home with pain meds? :/

By Hol on Wednesday, October 29, 2008 - 11:05 pm:

My vet didn't give my female dog pain meds either, after she was spayed. He said that he purposely does that so that they will limit their activity for the next day or two. He said that if they feel too well, they will be too active.

By Mrs_B on Wednesday, October 29, 2008 - 11:25 pm:

That's the way the vet I worked for was too, Hol. He gave an intramuscular pain injection after surgery and that was it.

By Jackie on Thursday, October 30, 2008 - 06:40 am:

My vet, and as well as the vet that the doggie rescue group uses, do NOT send dogs home with pain med. I once asked one the vet techs, and she stated they give the dogs pain meds through an injection.
The only time my dog ever had pain meds after a surgery was when she had that acl surgery.

By Scott on Monday, November 3, 2008 - 12:07 pm:

That's just NUTS. o_O Maybe it's because I'm not "old school" like so many vets in practice, or maybe it's because I've read so many studies about post-surgery analgesia and the latest AVMA recommendations about post-surgery analgesia, but I think it's absolutely inumane (Yeah, I said that!) to send a dog home after ANY surgery without painkillers. And I'm not the only person in the profession who thinks so.

I strongly recommend that any client bringing an animal in for surgery ask about post-op pain meds, and INSIST upon getting something for their animal to help them out. If you wouldn't send a post-op baby home without pain meds, why would you send a pet home without pain meds?

By Annie2 on Monday, November 3, 2008 - 01:09 pm:

I agree with Scott. After our pets were spayed/neutered I insisted on a few tabs for pain relief.
There is no way I am going to be woken up by the dog or cat in the middle of the night for something so simple. And the poor things, why should they suffer in pain after surgery?

By Emily7 on Monday, November 3, 2008 - 01:59 pm:

We have always been given the choice with our vets.

By Jtsmom on Monday, November 3, 2008 - 03:55 pm:

Uri (our Husky) has fully recovered and is back to his very active, bull headed self!! I hate that he did go through the first night in pain, there was no need for it and if I ever have another dog that has to have surgery I will make sure to get pain meds for it.

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