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Old 08-04-2018, 01:11 PM
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My min pin, Sasha, just had her adrenal and mammary tumors removed three days ago. She is a senior dog, so I’m thinking it has been tough on her. She hasn’t been drinking or eating much for the past few days and our doctor knows this. I think she is depressed, but I don’t know what to do. I just want her to feel happy again. Does anyone have any tips or advice or any experience?
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Poor little thing. I hope she is feeling better.


It seems like it could just be the pain/discomfort caused by the surgery and anesthesia. Did they give her pain meds?
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Old 08-07-2018, 06:43 AM
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I agree. It took 5 days for my 7 month old to recover from her spaying last year, and it's probably harder on old dogs. Just give her time.
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This is a difficult problem to tease apart: veterinarians are often challenged to distinguish the physical from the mental/emotional/behavioral problems that we are often presented. Thumper could have had a traumatic episode at the groomer's, or maybe not. I will attempt to break this down into a flow chart of a sort based on physical vs. mental possibilities, but bear in mind that it is possible to have both parts involved.

It was a good decision to have blood work and x-ray films taken to further delineate the problem. Despite your veterinarian's pronouncement that Thumper is healthy, do not overlook the possibility of either an incubating infection (could be viral, bacterial, protozoal) that will manifest over a few days into a full-blown problem, or even smolder for a week or two or three without symptoms until the infection lifts, and Thumper is back to normal. Or, Thumper has an undiagnosed deep, compensated problem that has been present for some time without symptoms (cardiac disease is notorious for this pattern); kidney, liver, neoplastic disease can also manifest themselves after decompensating.

An animal or man can compensate for a severe problem by biological adaptation mechanisms within a narrow range of conditions, an example would be high blood pressure in a kidney patient--the high blood pressure makes the kidney work better for a short time until the heart fails as a consequence of the work to maintain the high pressure. Decompensation can occur after a deeply stressing episode, and the disease is not immediately evident afterward, even with blood work, etc. Monitoring the patient over a two-four week period will help unveil any deep problem, and this could be as simple as monitoring weight gain/loss, appetite, sleep patterns,thirst, bowel and bladder habits, activity level, etc, or as involved as serial blood work, urinalysis, specific blood tests to target organ systems, etc.

Or Thumper may have been utterly terrified by the whole clipping/grooming process. Some dogs are sedated during the grooming, but this should have been mutually agreed upon, and ideally you could have stayed during the process. It can take a few days for some sedatives to totally dissipate. I believe that animals have emotions, but I am limited in how to divine them.

It is entirely possible for dogs to become more fearful as they age, and situations they once playfully accepted now cause significant distress.

Bottom line, continue to monitor Thumper via your veterinarian, ask the groomer in an open ended way if anything untoward happened and if sedation was used. Don't be antagonistic towards your groomer, you want answers so you can enact solutions.

If this is an emotional issue rather than a strict physical issue, then the tincture of time and a safe structured home will eventually reassure your pet.


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I have a foxeranian, she looks like a min pin. If yours has had a major op, has been vet checked & your vet has been informed of this, then I think its just that your dog is in recovery. I know my dog is very sensitive, & responds to lots of pats, cuddles & me talking to her. Some people may call this Crazy, but I dont think so. I think we could all talk to our dogs more. She is a great listener.!😄 Becos Ive always done this, & she watches t.v with me, what she understands now is massive. Which makes it an even less crazy habit. In recovery I would suggest dont leave her alone, keep her not to hot or cold, my dogs very sensitive to room temperature changes, & cooled boiled water or filtered water, fresh each day. I tell my dog "You're the best baby in the world & I love you lots" everyday & shes a happy healthy dog. 😊 hope this makes you feel more empowered & less helpless. sending your minpin lots of hugs from N.Z.
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My min pin, Sasha, just had her adrenal and mammary tumors removed three days ago. She is a senior dog, so I’m thinking it has been tough on her. She hasn’t been drinking or eating much for the past few days and our doctor knows this. I think she is depressed, but I don’t know what to do. I just want her to feel happy again. Does anyone have any tips or advice or any experience?
I agree with the others. Your dog is probably just exhausted from the post-op. Do you have any pain meds?

I would also consider a freeze-dried raw food or raw (in general - you defrost in the fridge). Something that doesn't require much work eating but is still high nutrition and good for your dog. Keep offering water. Let everyone know how your dog is doing and post back.
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Thank you everyone for the advice! Sasha is doing better and is eating some food now. We took her off the pain meds because the doctor thought it was causing her depression. Turns out it was, so she is happier now. 😊
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