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Frightened Behavior after spay?

Julie had her surgery 36 hours ago and she's really not herself. I can understand lack of appetite and listlessness. This is the opposite of my normally energetic and robust puppy but it's not so surprising. The thing I didn't expect was for her to be acting anxious and frightened. The rare moments that she is out of her bed, she runs behind my legs or climbs frantically into my lap. She seems anxious and stressed.

Has anyone else had this kind of experience? It's really worrying me.


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Is it raining or storming?



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My big dog acted like that after her spay, she ended up having an infection in the incision and had to go on antibiotics. It might be a reaction to pain. She is basically telling you that she isn't feeling well. Did they send you home with pain killers? Did you give them to her? Give her another day and if she still isnt' back to normal call the vet and tell them that she doesn't look well and get them to assess her. If she isn't eating or drinking then call them today.


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Yes! Sounds exactly like mine. I took gabby back to the vet (24hrs after) and they gave me a different pain med. they said she was anxious and could feel the incision pulling when she moved and it basically scared her so she constantly wanted to be in my lap. Same thing happened when she had a cyst removed from her shoulder. You could try calling the vet to tell them how she's acting. gabby had her spay on a Friday and it was on the Monday afternoon that she returned to her normal self

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Of yes she should be eating / drinking by now. Have you tried giving her food while she's on your lap. Gabby wouldn't go to her food on her own but if I brought the food to her she would eat out of my hand.

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No raining or storming. She is taking pain meds. She is not fussing with her incisions. She is eating and drinking a little - mostly with me spoon and hand feeding her in her bed. The incision looks okay. I will call the vet today. Thank You!


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Kodi acted similarly after his neuter. I talked to a vet friend who told me that, in many cases, it's not pain, but feeling disoriented from the anesthesia and/or pain meds. He did start acting more normal by the 3rd day.


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She on any medications? It might be a post effect of the sedatives? I'd call the vet
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as long as she is eating and drinking it is probably okay to give it another day but it is always okay to call the vet and ask. my vet doesn't charge for phone calls and the vet techs are so helpful over the phone!


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She seems a little better this morning. She ate breakfast (in bed) and while she isn't any more active - she does seem more alert. I carried her out to pee this morning and as soon as she was done she cried and frantically climbed back to my arms.

I had wondered how long it would take the effects of the anesthesia to wear off completely - thinking it would be at least 48 hours - and whether the fear response could be remaining disorientation. It makes sense that the feeling of the incision (pinching or whatever) would make her freak out (jumpy, anxious, frightened) when she walks.

I'll see what the vet says - but you all have made me feel less panic-stricken.
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