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Dog spade today & she isn't standing up or coming round very well

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Mrstumbletap Mon 15-Feb-21 13:58:37

Hi all,

Just asking for a bit of reassurance really, took my little lady to be spade this morning at 8am.

She is a 1 year old cavalier and perfectly healthy. They rang after her op and said the operation went well and they will ring in a couple of hours.

They just rang again and said she isn't really coming round much from the anaesthetic, she is conscious but isn't standing up and her temperature is low.

They are going to ring again in a few hours but if she doesn't show any improvement they might keep her in overnight.

I am so worried, I feel sick and desperately trying to hold back the tears or my son will worry and be upset too.

Please tell me this has happened with your bitch and everything was ok?

Any vets here to offer any more information?

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dewisant2020 Mon 15-Feb-21 14:03:57

Perfectly normal, like humans animals can be affected by a general anaesthetic in different ways.
Wait & see what the vets says in a few hours

Mrstumbletap Mon 15-Feb-21 14:12:01

That's what I keep trying to tell myself and she is in the best place.

But the fact they said she isn't coming round as quickly as they would have hoped, means other dogs are in and out and react well. Why isn't she? What's the problem? Why can't she stand yet?

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boredinthouse Mon 15-Feb-21 14:17:23

I'm not a vet but I don't think it necessarily is a sign of anything bad. Some animals just take longer to process the drugs out of their system. It's isn't the same I know but my mum doesn't react well at all to anaesthesia and she has to stay in overnight for day procedures.

Notonthestairs Mon 15-Feb-21 14:19:24

We dropped off our girl at 8.30 and didn't collect until 5 and she was still very very wobbly and disoriented. We rang the vet during night after she repeatedly wobbled in to walls/doorways. He thought she might have visual disturbances.
I'd say it took 3 days for the anaesthesia to fully wear off. It took a lot longer for her to be able to go from lying down to standing easily.

Will keep my fingers crossed that it's just a matter of time for your dog.

Mrstumbletap Mon 15-Feb-21 15:02:32

Thank you, that is reassuring.

I was planning on sleeping on the sofa with her tonight to keep my eye on her, but that's good to know that it might even take a few days for her to feel better. I made sure I booked it when I had a week off work to be with her, I don't mind how long it takes as long as she is ok.

I just wished the vet had said "she is fine, she just needs a few hours to recover". It was the wording that "she isn't reacting as we would have hoped" just made me think, well that's that then, she is going to die. Not their fault I am just a worrier and she is my baby. (I'm pathetic I am aware!)

It's true about humans too, some take longer to recover and they are fine.

It has been 7 hours since I have dropped her off, that just seems so long for a little dog.

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Blindstupid Mon 15-Feb-21 15:08:38

Dogs often become dehydrated during the operation ... some vets put in a hydration line but most don’t.

sunflowersandbuttercups Mon 15-Feb-21 15:28:10

Some do take longer than others, so please try not to worry too much.

She's in the best place for her and I'm sure she's receiving the best possible care.

Mrstumbletap Mon 15-Feb-21 19:21:15

She is home with me now, sleepy, but good. Day of worry over smile

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BiteyShark Mon 15-Feb-21 19:25:23

My dog is always really sleepy and wobbly after anaesthetics. He also never eats at the vets but fortunately they know that so now send him home to eat.

Expect your dog to be a bit out of sorts for a day or so.

gettingusedtothelimelight Mon 15-Feb-21 19:42:35

@Mrstumbletap Be warned. Some dogs gets very moany and wimpery after anaesthesia. It's just the anaesthetic wearing off.

sunflowersandbuttercups Mon 15-Feb-21 19:49:55


She is home with me now, sleepy, but good. Day of worry over smile

I'm glad she's home! smile

Expect her to be a bit tired and grumpy for about 24-48 hours as everything wears off.

Notonthestairs Mon 15-Feb-21 20:53:12

Great to read that she's back. Lots of TLC - she'll be bouncing around before you know it.

PurpleM Mon 15-Feb-21 20:59:52

My dog was very unsettled & whiny for 24hrs post general anesthetic but turned out its the seditive so now she has a different type, much better.
My vets admit the dogs in the morning but procedures are done 12-3ish between consulting blocks.

StillMedusa Mon 15-Feb-21 21:16:39

Mine was totally stoned and cried all night after spaying.. it was awful. By the next day she was a still a little wobbly but much better and after that fine.
It takes a while for the anaesthetic to be fully out of the system x

Mrstumbletap Mon 15-Feb-21 21:44:28

She ate some boiled chicken, had a poo and has slept all afternoon. She hasn't really moved for the last 4 hours.

I keep checking she is breathing!

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