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Last Thursday we brought our 6 month old puppy"Josie" to the Vet to be spayed. During the surgery, they removed 3 baby teeth and she was microchipped.
All went well according to the Vet and she stayed overnight. The next day we picked her up and naturally she seemed hyper/jumpy/nervous. I thought she was scared and nervous and happy to see us and was just acting excited.We have been giving her pain medication as prescribed by the dr.

As the days have passed...she has not returned to her old self. She is skittish and scared...poops and pees everywhere. When we call her she freezes and trembles and won't move. She is spinning around in circles and constantly biting at her back legs and feet. She actually bites her nails and you can hear the snapping noise when she lets go. She will stay in one spot for hours on end jumping and jerking around (like she was just zapped with an electric shock) and biting herself. Every once in a while, she wimpers.

She was a confident, energenic and loveable puppy and now she looks like she is going insane! The only time she seems calm is when I tightly hold her in my arms. I have called the vet and described her behavior and they were not alarmed by it at all. They urged me to continue with the meds ( I thought it may have been a reaction) and only to be mindful of the healing of the incision (which looks great).

If anyone can offer any insight I would be most greatful!
 

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Last Thursday we brought our 6 month old puppy"Josie" to the Vet to be spayed. During the surgery, they removed 3 baby teeth and she was microchipped.
All went well according to the Vet and she stayed overnight. The next day we picked her up and naturally she seemed hyper/jumpy/nervous. I thought she was scared and nervous and happy to see us and was just acting excited.We have been giving her pain medication as prescribed by the dr.

As the days have passed...she has not returned to her old self. She is skittish and scared...poops and pees everywhere. When we call her she freezes and trembles and won't move. She is spinning around in circles and constantly biting at her back legs and feet. She actually bites her nails and you can hear the snapping noise when she lets go. She will stay in one spot for hours on end jumping and jerking around (like she was just zapped with an electric shock) and biting herself. Every once in a while, she wimpers.

She was a confident, energenic and loveable puppy and now she looks like she is going insane! The only time she seems calm is when I tightly hold her in my arms. I have called the vet and described her behavior and they were not alarmed by it at all. They urged me to continue with the meds ( I thought it may have been a reaction) and only to be mindful of the healing of the incision (which looks great).

If anyone can offer any insight I would be most greatful!
I'd get a second opinion... if possible form a big university hospital. That doesn't sound like something I'd let go. It sounds like she is in real distress!
 

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Do you mind if I cross post this onto our IAABC forum? We have some vet behaviorists on it.
 

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I'd get a second opinion... if possible form a big university hospital. That doesn't sound like something I'd let go. It sounds like she is in real distress!
I agree Karen , this sounds unusual.
 

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BTW...the pain med is "Rimadyl" .25 mg dose and we split the pill in 1/4 pieces one every 12 hours??????? THANKS AGAIN!
 

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I know how frightened you must be! I hope Dave can get some info for you on what could possibly be happening. I'm really surprised your vet didn't act too concerned, though. I'll be keeping little Josie in my prayers.
 

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I wonder if something is wrong with one of the incisions-you are sewn up in "layers". Or if it is a nerve issue since she is focusing on her back legs. Am anxious to hear what the person Dave is waiting for says.

I am so sorry that she is not doing well.
 

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BTW...the pain med is "Rimadyl" .25 mg dose and we split the pill in 1/4 pieces one every 12 hours??????? THANKS AGAIN!
Ok I added that. I will be out til 10 pm. EST tonight . I will check my email when I get home. If your dog gets worse don't hesitate to call a vet . Hope to have some info for you asap.
 

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oh my gosh, how scary. I am wondering why she has had to be on pain meds for so long? My first thought was to stop the pain meds, but I don't really KNOW what I am talking about! Tillie didn't even HAVE pain meds sent home.
I am wondering if maybe it is a combo issue, the stress of being left overnight along with a physical problem (nerves, fleas, etc...?) I know with Tillie, we just had to leave her for the day and that was in January, she still HATES being left at the grooming, cries her heart out, she never did that before her spay. :(
I hope Dave can get you some good advice, I can't imagine how heartbreaking it must be to see her in such distress. :hug:
 

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I'm kinda with Tammy on stopping the pain med. Lizzie had 1 dose-but she didn't have 3 teeth extracted. My daughter had 2 teeth extracted on Friday and did just fine-so I don't think that is really all that painful. She was eating in an hour.

I know how worried you are. I would not hesitate to take her to another vet for an evaluation.
 

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OMG This is difficult even to imagine it. I really hope she gets like her old self soon. Good luck.
 

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Poor Josie! This doesn't sound like normal spay surgery recovery. Is this behaviour ongoing or sporadic? Has it been improving or getting worse? I would also suggest a second opinion.

I can imagine how worried you are, I hope someone can give you some good advice.
 

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Gee that sounds awful. Did you actually talk to the vet or a office person?
Most vets do blood work on Havanese before putting them down did they do that? They test for something I'm not sure what.
Maddie had a reaction to pain medication but it was getting sick all night.
Hope she gets better soon:hug:
 

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That is really scary. I agree not normal behavior after a routine spay. I can't believe the vet wasn't more concerned either. I hope Dave gets some good ideas and/or you take her for a 2nd opinion. Keep us posted and give her some extra hugs from us!
 

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thanks everyone for your care and concern...I just realized that Josie's pic is at the top of the page in them banner...she is the pup on the far right...just in case you wanted to put a face to this dilemma...thanks again...anxiously waiting for Dave's advice...Michelle
 

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Michelle-I couldn't stop thinking about Josie so I did some internet research and found a blog from someone with a Havachon with the same symptoms as Josie post-spay. Apparently it turned out to be pain/fear reaction. I think you will feel better after reading it and it may give you some tips.

http://raisingdaisy.wordpress.com/2010/10/

Hope it helps.
 

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I feel bad for our girls who suffer from being spayed . I don't understand why the procedure has to be so invasive. We have had a few these last couple months what is up with that?
 
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