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Old 07-02-2016, 03:29 PM
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Unhappy Lethargy after spaying

Hello all,

Ive posted in here once before but forgot my details so have made a new account. I'm human mummy (i'm english and we don't say 'mommy' here lol) to a beautiful chocolate brown cockapoo who is 6 months old. She was spayed three days ago and at this stage she is mostly back to her old self. If anything it's hard to get her to remain calm and not jump around as she would've done before. She hates the Elizabethan type collar she has to wear but unfortunately it's just got to be done. She is a scratcher and groomer and spends a long time each day doing both (suspect it's partly to do with what I think is a food allergy and am addressing). So the fact that she can't do this is really upsetting her and that's not nice to see.

Anyway, ordinarily she still naps a lot between meals but not after dinne until bedtime. She would usually have a burst of energy for a couple of hours and then get sleepy again. She's an extremely energetic and lively dog so it's just normal for her to get tired after a couple of hours and she still is usually in bed by 9pm. If she's not had a proper nap during the day she can't keep her eyes open after about 7.30pm bless her. Do other people put their puppies to bed so early?

So, on to the main question. Since the spaying she has been tiring quite quickly. She's awake and has energy for about an hour but after that she gets sleepy and lays down wherever she is. My mum thinks that it's because she has had such major surgery, but I understand dogs are not supposed to be so sleepy after the first 24 hours where they still have anaesthesia in their system. Although it's a hysterectomy they cope a lot better than humans would, or so i'm told. Has anyone had this with their dog, and is it normal? The past couple of nights she could quite easily have slept from around 7.30, even though she napped twice today, but I kept her up until about 8.30 and she's sleeping now. I know she's bored because she loves rolling around with a toy in her mouth and leaping about and exploring the bushes in the back of the garden. All of these things are hard to do with the collar on. So I did wonder if she's just a bit glum because she can't do much, and so sleepy due to lack of activity. Or perhaps it's normal to still be tired I don't know. What I've read though, is that after the first 48 hours they should be back to normal.

If she is still like this on Monday I will phone the vet. She saw the nurse on Friday just to see how she was doing and the nurse seemed to think that because they only sleep through anaesthetic and not normal sleep on that first day, it takes a few days to get back to normal. I'm not sure I totally agree but of course she knows more than I do about these things.

As an aside, I actually cried on the first night after the operation because she was so unlike her usual self. She was moaning a bit and seemed scared by how weird she felt, and was getting very cold and even wet herself. I know these things are normal but it was horrible to watch. She just seemed to be like "What did I ever do to deserve this my humans?!".

Anyway any help anyone can give would be great, and tell me how your dog coped after their spaying/neutering.

Love Katie xx
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Old 07-02-2016, 06:38 PM
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After any surgery, canine or human, you are just not going to feel very well for awhile. Just 3 days post-op she is still having some discomfort from the surgery, and most probably still hasn't completely shaken off the atheistic completely. Also a significant amount of that energy you saw her running off, is now being used to heal and recover from the surgery. Until the stiches are removed, usually 10 to 14 days after surgery, she will likely not act as she did prior to the surgery. Once the stiches are out, look for a quick return to her previous behavior. When Samantha was spayed, she also had an ear infection and kennel cough, so she was pretty sick for about 3 weeks, but she did recover.
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That's very normal. She's just still tired from the surgery. Some dogs take it harder than others or don't handle pain as well. She should be back to normal very soon! 2 of my dogs acted like nothing ever happened after they were spayed, but Echo was a big drama queen. She was a crazy active and bouncy puppy and almost never slept, but she wanted to snuggle and sleep almost all the time for 4 days after the surgery. I counted it as a blessing because it made it easy to keep her quiet so she didn't rip her stitches.
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