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Old 09-22-2009, 10:05 PM   #1 (permalink)
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My poor baby boy!

We had him neutered a week ago tomorrow. He's a year old and unfortunately, I realized that the risk for swelling/infection was higher with his age. Sure enough, it has happened. He's been really swollen for several days. I took him back to the vet on Saturday and they said his swelling was normal and his sutures looked great. Well... I noticed his swelling was a bit worse this morning and tonight I noticed the infection.

I'm sick to my stomach... he doesn't act like he's feeling all that well, panting a bit, etc. I can't decide whether to call the vet in the morning or just take him over there without a phone call. I really do feel like a worried sick mother when her first child gets their first cold
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Does he have a fever? Is his sack warm to the touch or draining? Is he licking it?
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Old 09-22-2009, 10:11 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Not sure how to tell if he has a fever? Like I said, he is panting with no exertion... figured that was a sign?

Yes, it is warm and no, he can't lick it because he has a cone on.
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Oh, and yes... there is drainage
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(too many replies.. haha) Not to mention the odor associated with infection. =( Like I said, my poor baby.
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You would do a rectal temperature on him. If it is above 102.5, he has a fever. If he is panting without exertion, take him to the vet tonight. What color is the drainage? I was asking those questions because when my kitten was spayed, I thought she had an infection but it turned out she had a reaction to the sutures. I would take him in though.
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Originally Posted By: Drewberry(too many replies.. haha) Not to mention the odor associated with infection. =( Like I said, my poor baby.
I'd take him in no matter what. If there is drainage and odor he probably needs more attention than just some cold packs.

Sorry this is happening, Dante was Cryptorchid and other than a really long abdomal incision he recovered just fine (he was 14 months old)
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Default Re: Infection after neutering :(

Sorry to hear about your pup. It is not that unusual to see some swelling after a neuter. I hope that it is just something like a seroma or suture reaction rather than an infection.

Has anything changed over the past few hours (e.g. just started panting)? What is your pups gum colour like (red, pink, pale pink, white, grey, blue)? Is he suddenly more lethargic? Does he seem painful? If you have a local ER you may want to give them a call and get their advice.

The photo below is of Eli after his neuter last year (he was cryptorchid). Looks awful, but he did great with treatment.



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Old 09-22-2009, 10:42 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Default Re: Infection after neutering :(

His gums looked normal to me. He seems to be in some pain when sitting down and going into a lay down. He is lethargic, but has been more so since the surgery anyway. He isn't panting anymore.

I can't take him to a 24 hour vet... and now I'm feeling very anxious after reading your responses (not that I'm not very appreciative!) Is he going to be okay waiting through the night?!?

My husband always tells me to relax and not go searching for diagnosis online, haha... but I had to vent on here.
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Please... can some one reply if he'll be okay waiting through the night? I really don't know if I'll be able to sleep at this point, I'm very worried.
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