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    Default Morning After De-sexing Female Lab :(

    Hi All ,

    Newbie from Perth here ,

    We had our 18mth old female lab desexed yesterday. We took her home in the afternoon and she was lethargic and sleepy and threw up once.
    She slept all night in her crate quietly - and this morning when I got up to let her out she wont move.
    This is EXTREMELY unlike her - in the morning she usually gets super-excited.

    I am VERY angry with myself because we didnt take her to our usually vet , but one in the area which had much cheaper sterelization costs . I cant believe i did something so stupid - and now my poor baby is paying for it. I feel ashamed.

    Anyways , the " cheaper " vet is not open today I dont think , they arent picking up their phones - and no after hours numbers or messages

    is this normal? she just tilts her head to look at us , wont move an inch - appears to have deeper breathing and has groaned a few times.

    Thanks for any and all help

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    She'll be in pain. Doesn't matter which vet you went to it's a very invasive procedure. Lethargy is expeted after anaesthetics & operations and is quite normal. You'd be feeling the same if you'd just been through what she has.

    She needs to be kept quiet for a few days to allow herself to heal a little.

    Did the vets give you pain killers for her?

    ETA: Yes it sounds normal. Some dogs do bounce back faster than others.

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    Did you check her gums? If they look healthy, you most likely have nothing to worry about. Sounds like they should have given her pain killers though. Would definitely not be using this vet again. If only because they clearly didn't give you enough information about what to expect the day after!

    Hope your poor baby feels better very soon.

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    That's the thing though Beloz, if people don't ask about it the vets sometimes do assume that they know what to expect....

    Given that pain killers are optional after and without knowing the situation or having been there I am hesitant to 'blame' the vet...

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    Bit different for humans maybe, but I once lodged a complaint about the GP who gave my daughter her immunisation shots without giving me any info on side effects. I just wanted to get my child out of there, and didn't think to ask questions. Ended up at the after hours doctor that weekend because her leg started to swell up. Turned out the GP was supposed to given an information sheet about side effects every time he gave these shots.

    People often don't think to ask questions. Especially when they feel worried or nervous. I believe a good doctor or vet should offer this info voluntarily. If only to ensure that the patient receives the appropriate after care.

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    I do think a vet has the responsibility to explain things , i am not trained in animal care - they are - hence why we take our pets to them - for information.

    However in this situation the blame is with me , for choosing this vet - our usual one has even drawn graphs on the whiteboard for me to understand things when we go there

    We got given 3 tablets ( pain meds ) and antibiotics. We gave her a pain med tablet this morning , and it seems to have worked a little.. she crawled / dragged herself out of the crate - and collapsed on the rug in front of me.

    At one point she even " slept " with her head on the ground but her bum up in the air... poor thing

    ETA - no change in gums - and her nose is wet and cold

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    Quote Originally Posted by enigma View Post
    ETA - no change in gums - and her nose is wet and cold
    I would probably just wait till the vet opens on Monday then. But if you are still really worried, try to find a vet that's open. That will cost you the money you saved on going to a cheaper vet though! But if you think it's worth it for some peace of mind, just do it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by enigma View Post
    I do think a vet has the responsibility to explain things , i am not trained in animal care - they are - hence why we take our pets to them - for information.

    However in this situation the blame is with me , for choosing this vet - our usual one has even drawn graphs on the whiteboard for me to understand things when we go there

    We got given 3 tablets ( pain meds ) and antibiotics. We gave her a pain med tablet this morning , and it seems to have worked a little.. she crawled / dragged herself out of the crate - and collapsed on the rug in front of me.

    At one point she even " slept " with her head on the ground but her bum up in the air... poor thing

    ETA - no change in gums - and her nose is wet and cold
    That all sounds very normal to me....The older dogs always seem to be a little worse for wear. Our newfies are always "sad-sacks" for a few days. But as long as they drink and pee, I do not worry to much. But if in doubt try ringing the vet again
    Pets are forever

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    I had two desexed at the same time at 5 and a half months.
    With one, you would not believe she has been through surgery.

    The other was a total whinging princess.
    I actually checked her that she didn't have two scars. lol.

    A few months later their mother was equally a sook.

    I feel, that like us, they can all have varying degrees of either coping well or being a sook.

    When in doubt, talk to your vet.

    IMO if her suture line is not red and swollen, weeping then she is fine.

    Mine needed no pain killers.
    Last edited by Di_dee1; 09-10-2011 at 06:07 PM.

    Any posts made under the name of Di_dee1 one can be used by anyone as I do not give a rats.

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    Thanks everyone for your help and advice..
    i worried too soon - she is still slower , and calmer - but much more energy today

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