How long will my dog be in pain after neutering

How long will my dog be in pain after neutering?

Asked for Male, 7 weeks

We had our female dog spayed yesterday and I feel that it was not a "smart" surgery. She was barely awake for two days and was lethargic the entire time and hardly ate. For the last 3 days she has been very irritable and will let you pet her, but not touch her and if she moves away from you she will let out an awful whine. It is so frustrating and is she in pain?


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CathyM, Staff Veterinarian

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2 years ago

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The pet had an excellent outcome following her surgery. She did have a reaction to the anesthesia, which is typical for the age of the pet. But she had a long post-operative care because of this. She was awake for 6 hours and was on IV pain medication for 48 hours post-op. She is now doing very well, with the exception of mild separation anxiety. She was on pain medication for one week and was under anesthesia for about 8 hours.



Hi. Unfortunately, it's too early to tell how long her recovery time will be. Your dog is under anesthesia so she is likely to be asleep through most of her recovery. If you've got access to an infrared thermometer, check her temperature (it should be normal) to make sure that the anesthesia is working properly and that your dog is not suffering from anything else. Be sure to be gentle with your dog the first few days, and be sure to give her pain medication as prescribed. Good luck to you and your sweet, sleepy girl!


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I know how difficult it can be to diagnose an infection, especially in puppies. We try to do things right so we have a good record for the vet, and also to help us make better decisions if it turns out the infection is something our veterinarian doesn't deal with very often. So, I will outline what we've done to rule things out and what we will be doing in the future:

1) We are doing weekly fecal testing on him. This will tell us if he has parasites, which would rule out a tapeworm infection. (Sometimes, they are present as puppies and are gone in a few weeks.) He had two tests in the last month, and both were negative.2) He also had a blood test that was negative. 3) We know he is on the recommended monthly heartworm preventive (Frontline Plus.)4) He had his first dental cleaning at two months, and did not seem to have any reaction.5) He is on regular deworming.6) We gave him an intramuscular injection of a parasite-killing product (Immiticide.) If he had an infection, it would clear within 48 hours.

There are some things I would still have done if I was you and if I had to guess, I'd say he has a bacterial infection. Bacterial infections are harder to diagnose. They can show similar symptoms as parasites, and they are more likely to cause bloody diarrhea. Bacterial infections are often resistant to antibiotic treatments. To make sure I don't overreact, I would have done:

1) Blood testing to make sure he does not have a viral infection, such as parvo or parainfluenza. A negative blood test can help rule out those infections.2) A stool culture. If a bacterial infection is in his stool, it can show up on a stool culture. (In other words, a positive culture would say he has a bacterial infection.)3) A test to see if his red blood cells are leaking. If they are, then a bacterial infection would cause a red blood cell leak and he'd have more hemoglobin in his stool.

If he still has blood-streaked stools, then I would also test his fluid to make sure there is not a bacterial infection in his lungs.

If he is having bloody diarrhea, then I would ask the vet to do a rectal examination to make sure he doesn't have a bacterial infection. Bacterial infections tend to cause a higher fever and less lethargy than a parasite infection, so this would be the most likely diagnosis.

It would be good to do these tests to rule out any infections. I would also recommend keeping him on an antibiotic until the test results are back.

My kitty was diagnosed with diarrhea, but he actually had a urinary tract infection (not a bacterial infection in his blood or lungs). This is a typical kitty symptom that does not have a clear cut diagnosis, so his vet had to run a couple tests to find the infection. Sometimes, it is impossible to figure out what the cause is just from your pet's symptoms, so the vet has to use tests to identify the diagnosis.

I would also be doing tests on a stool sample, because it is sometimes hard to distinguish the symptoms of a parasite infection (which is what I suspect my cat may have) from a bacterial infection. If you test with a culture, then it will tell you if a parasite is in there and what kind of parasite it is.

Thanks for all the information and for sharing your story. I'm glad you're keeping your cat with the vet and going through some tests. I wouldn't be surprised if you find some infections! I hope your fur-baby is feeling better soon.


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