Post # 1
My 6 month puppy just had her spay surgery yesterday. All day she was so out of it and just wanted to be next to us. She wouldn’t lay down because it hurt so she kept falling asleep standing up. If she wasn’t next to us practically begging us to help her, she was wandering around hitting her head and cone on walls and furniture crying or, worse, jumping up on things. She could pull her stitched inside or out doing that! So, we have her in her crate. And while she is fine in there while we are gone or at night, we are home right now and she is still penned up in our bedroom and crying louder than I have ever heard her because she can hear us and wants to be with us. I seriously feel like crying too! Poor baby is miserable and in pain, even with the pain killers, and it is my fault. It is for the best in the end but still, my fault. And I am the one being mean to her. Mr. Hedgie isn’t helping. He keeps wanting her to be out here with us and not penned up but again, if she isn’t right next to us, she jumps on things…
Is there anything I can do??? She has started howling for us and she has never howled in her life!!!
Post # 3
Can you bring the crate where you are so she can at least see you?
Post # 4
That’s sad … I would feel bad too. Can you move the crate into the room where you guys are? or maybe keep her with you on the leash, so she isn’t lonely but can’t jump on things?
Post # 5
He just caved and brought her out here and is petting her and making sure she doesn’t jump but she is still crying like crazy and I know it is because she isn’t feeling good… I am seriously about to cry. Please tell me there is anything I can do!!!
Post # 6
I would get her comfortable lying down on something soft (probably completely on her side) and sit with her comforting her until she falls asleep.
Poor thing! But it definitely is for the better!
Post # 7
Puppies after they get spayed/neutered is the SADDEST thing ever 🙁 they just look so pathetic and seem to look at you and think, “what did I do wrong?!?”
But they tend to feel better and are back to normal about a week or so after the surgery. You know you’re doing a favor to your puppy by preventing her from becoming pregnant, which in turn helps overcrowded shelters and dogs everywhere!
Post # 8
Well this is a good time to realize and begin training that she can and should be in the pen sometimes while you are home and its not a punishment. There are times when you would need to pen her despite being home so this is practice. (IE someone comes over that is afraid of dogs, you are having the rugs cleaned, etc)
Be sure now that she is whining to not take her out until she has stopped. You dont want her to learn that whining gets her out of the crate.
But I totally know what you mean. That sound just rips your heart out 🙁
Post # 9
@lefeymw: It isn’t that she’s not crate trained. She is. On a normal day she can be in there while we are home and it doesn’t bother her. She doesn’t like it but she doesn’t cry either. Right now it is just because she doesn’t feel good and knows something isn’t right.
And if I brought her crate out here that would be even worse because she would be able to see us but not allowed to get to us.
Post # 10
Oh so sad 🙁 I know after I got my girl spayed she was so depressed looking. She is one of the most hyper dogs I have ever had and the poor girl was just laying down not moving cause she was in so much pain. Luckily she wasnt howling or anything cause that would have broken my heart! The good news is she was back to being normal and hyper the next morning. So hopefully your pup is back to normal by tomorrow!! I’m not sure what to do to make her feel better though. Maybe call the vet and let them know hse is howling and in a ton of pain. They might reccommend something?
Post # 11
@natbug21: They gave us pain meds for 3 days and she took it this morning.
Post # 12
Will she lay on her back? maybe you could prop her up on pillows on the couch with you guys, or on the floor nearby, and then she would be comfy and by you, so she should be ok. Poor baby 🙁
Post # 13
I work at a vet’s office. If it makes you feel any better, since she is on pain meds, she’s not in pain. She’s probably crying because they’re making her feel loopy, and she’s very confused.
Post # 14
Aw, I feel for you, even though spaying is for the best in the end 🙁 Can you sit on the floor with her for a while so she’s with you but not jumping up anywhere? Or if youre sitting on the couch or something, pick her up so she doesn’t jump? And I agree with laying some pillows or blankets down so she’s a little more comfortable.
Post # 15
Have you thought about getting a play yard, like they SuperYard for kids? We have one of these and used it for our dogs neuter, and our others hip surgery. It gives them a bit more space to move around in, and I try to stay in the same room as them.
Try and keep her calm, and a cone or something on to prevent her from being able to reach down there. Even then, keep an eye on her. Our one dog managed to chew through his cone and remove his stitches – 2-3 days after his neuter.
Post # 16
“strawbabies: I work at a vet’s office. If it makes you feel any better, since she is on pain meds, she’s not in pain. She’s probably crying because they’re making her feel loopy, and she’s very confused.”
I second this… Usually puppies bounce right back from getting spayed, occationally they will be in pain or sore the next day but this sounds more like her reacting funny to the pain meds…
If she really seems like she’s in pain (even on the meds) I would definitely call the vet, it’s a major surgery but it shouldn’t be THAT painful after the fact… Is her belly swollen or distended? Is it red or bruised? those are signs that there could be something wrong…
Good luck and keep us posted!