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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 10-10-2008, 09:36 AM Thread Starter
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Tosca was just spayed yesterday and the only medication I got was amoxicilin to be given 1x every 12 hours. I'm just wondering why she didn't get anything for pain? She's not whimpering or anything but wondering why.

Also, is there anything I could be doing to make recuperating easier on her? I have the t-shirt ready for her but I don't think she needs it just yet. Should I be applying anything to her stitches?

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post #2 of 16 (permalink) Old 10-10-2008, 09:45 AM
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I think a lot of vet offices leave out the pain meds so that the dog will self limit, especially in the beginning when the stitches are easier to tear open.

I like to just leave them in a cushy bed, bring them their meals, talk to them nicely, give them a National Enquirer to look at...stuff I'd like if recuperating. But I do basically treat them like I would a person. Leave them alone enough for them to rest, completely limit activity, and leave the incision to heal on its own.

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When I got my echo neutered they did give us a pain/anti inflammatory
When we had indigo spayed (different vet because she was a rescue) she didn't get any pain meds and she seemed to do fine.

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Re: Post-Op Care

I'm very big on pain management. Spays are actually major abdominal surgery and are painful (I've had abdominal surgery so know). One of the vet schools did a survey where they videoed dogs post surgery. When people were around they put on a "brave face" being at the front of the cage (not wanting to seem weak to teh rest of the pack), but when alone they would whimper, be unable to settle, stand hunched up etc.

Personally I would go back to my vet and ask for a couple of days of pain medications.

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You can give Arnica for the pain. That's what I do for all of my animals, post-op.

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I agree with Spiritsmam. I'm sure she received a pain injection before she came home. But, having some extra relief for a couple of days would be advisable. Perhaps Tramadol once in the morning and evening just for a couple of days.

Some say that you want them to feel a bit of pain so that they don't move around as much and hurt themselves further. But, I'm all for comfort. She's going to be kenneled or crated anyway for a few days right?

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Yes, she's being kenneled or on a very short leash in a down so she doesn't feel left out of things. So far she's acting ok. Just doing a lot of sleeping and drinking water. Unfortunately, I am taking her back to the vet because blood is leaking from the sutures. She's my baby. lol. It may be nothing but I would rather be safe than sorry because they are closed over the weekend.

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I took her in and the doc said she must have been licking it and put on a cone. She looks so pathetic. He also gave me a different type of medication Sulfamethoxazole 800 mg.

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Good luck w/your baby, Denise! I have a whole new respect for dogs who get spayed, since I've had 2 c-sections! Ugh! I don't know how they get thought it, but the vet I used to work for didn't send pain meds home. Amazingly enough, I had a dog spayed myself once, and even without pain meds, she seemed to do pretty well - she was happy and playing w/in 3 or 4 days. I hope your baby is feeling fine - you are such a good mom!
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Thank you. Last night Tosca slept in her wire crate in the kitchen. I moved it there from the bedroom so that she could be in the middle of things. Guess who was sleeping in the kitchen with her? Me. lol. The crate is wider than the bedroom door frame and is a bit of work to dismantle to move it from room to room. It's going to be a long 7-10 recuperating days.

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