Is this normal ?

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Guardsman18 Tue 30-Apr-19 18:30:30

I have rung the vet and am waiting for them to call back having just brought my dog back from them after being spayed this morning.

Was just wondering if anyone could put my mind at rest (or not!)

She is panting continuously and every now and again making a strange whining noise. Is that normal behaviour for a dog that's had an operation, sitting with a cone on her head? She has panted the whole hour she's been home.

She looks so sad. Can anyone reassure me? Thanks

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Inforthelonghaul Tue 30-Apr-19 18:33:56

That doesn’t sound right to me Guardsman, hope the vet calls you back soon.

BiteyShark Tue 30-Apr-19 18:35:17

The panting could be pain. Did they send you home with pain killers?

The whining is probably from the GA. BiteyDog sat in the kitchen after his castration whining and whimpering for ages. Broke my heart sad.

However, I think you did the right thing giving them a ring as it doesn't hurt to get their advice.

Guardsman18 Tue 30-Apr-19 18:35:59

I'll ring them again then. How should she be? I thought she'd feel a bit sorry for herself and just lie down but she's not

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Rabbitmug Tue 30-Apr-19 18:37:05

Mine was dreadful, whimpered all night and was pathetic with the cone . Hope all ok

Guardsman18 Tue 30-Apr-19 18:37:40

yes she does have pain killers but they said she'd had enough until tomorrow morning.

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BiteyShark Tue 30-Apr-19 18:38:31

Apart from the whining if I remember correctly mine was all wobbly when we picked him up but then GA does really knock him out as we found out from subsequent operations. However, that was castration rather than spay which is move invasive.


MuttsNutts Tue 30-Apr-19 18:38:45

Panting is a common sign of pain. Presumably they have given you pain relief for her but if she has been like it all day you need to speak to them as she can’t be in pain all night.

Floralnomad Tue 30-Apr-19 18:39:20

If you are supervising her take the cone off she will be a lot less stressed , she only needs to wear it if you are leaving her alone . Hope she feels better soon .

Bookworm4 Tue 30-Apr-19 18:39:54

Sounds reasonably normal, they can be distressed as the anaesthetic wears off, if she's had pain relief hopefully she will get a good sleep. If you are staying in the room with her she can have come off but put it on if she's to be alone.

MuttsNutts Tue 30-Apr-19 18:40:21

All my bitches have just been as you expected after spaying - sleepy and a bit sorry for themselves.

Guardsman18 Tue 30-Apr-19 18:42:19

Ok. You have reassured me a bit. Just spoke to vet and they said that her behaviour is quite usual (as some of you have said).

I think I'm in for a long night sleeping on the sofa with back door open!

Thank you

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MuttsNutts Tue 30-Apr-19 18:42:59

Probably a stupid question but does she have access to plenty of water? GA can make them extra thirsty.

And see if it makes a difference taking the cone off. She’ll be fine if you are there to make sure she doesn’t start licking her wound.

UrsulaPandress Tue 30-Apr-19 18:45:48

You can get inflatable colllars that are preferable to cones in my considerable experience with BastardSpaniel.

Panting can be pain or worry. I’m sure she will feel better in a few days.

Veterinari Tue 30-Apr-19 18:48:54

Panting and not wanting to lie down is not usual (or it shouldn’t Be!) They’re signs of moderate-severe pain.
Comfortable postoperative animals should rest quietly and sleep.

She sounds painful you can check using the Glasgow pain scale which is a numerical rating (more than 6 requires pain relief)
Or the CSU scale
Both attached

Veterinari Tue 30-Apr-19 18:50:48

Just getting your attention for the pain scales above.
The behaviour you describe isn’t normal

JaneEyre07 Tue 30-Apr-19 18:55:21

My older dog has had quite a few sedations to remove grass seeds from his ear, and he's always horrendous afterwards. Doesn't settle, whimpers, gets up, gets down.

Our puppy was spayed last week, and she looked very dozy and sorry for herself but no ill effects at all.

Just watch closely and if she doesn't settle in an hour or so, I'd want her to be seen.

Guardsman18 Tue 30-Apr-19 19:00:51

I think my arm is going to fall off tonight! Just gave her a stoke and a cuddle and she stopped panting for a bit.

I'm so sorry, that was so kind of you to take the trouble to post that, but I can't see it!

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Veterinari Tue 30-Apr-19 19:05:00

Try this link for the pictorial pain scale

Guardsman18 Tue 30-Apr-19 19:05:18

Re the collars - can I just get the one on Amazon (I have prime) and are they just as effective?

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Veterinari Tue 30-Apr-19 19:05:20

Veterinari Tue 30-Apr-19 19:06:35

And this is the numerical one
Score of 6 or more requires pain relief

JaneEyre07 Tue 30-Apr-19 19:07:51

I got mine a surgery suit OP, far more effective and doesn't take off half your paintwork.

Veterinari Tue 30-Apr-19 19:08:10

You need to check sge’s Not licking due to pain first (by evaluating it in conjunction with other signs) Often vets give out buster collars when more pain relief is required sad

Guardsman18 Tue 30-Apr-19 19:08:23

Id say she's a 3. Thanks Vet

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