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OH my... as most of you know 11 month old Layla had her spay surgery on Friday. It was hard on her, anesthesia does not agree with her and she did quite a bit of vomiting that first day. She was not sent home with any pain meds, the vet said she would not need them. So is my dog just a diva or what? I thought she was doing better yesterday when I finally got her to eat something substantial... unfortunately it was a double cheeseburger and fries LOL. I have been hand feeding her bits of chicken, beef, and ice cubes while she lays on the couch or chair. She has been getting up and wandering around a bit.. drinking some water but not at all her usual amount.

Now I think she has a UTI, she has hardly peed today, and hardly drank anything. I noticed this afternoon that the little bit of urine is dark... not orange, but a very dark yellowish brown. I am sure it is because she has not been drinking enough. I called the Vet they said to get a urine sample (hard to do, cause she is hardly going) or bring her in tomorrow. They did not seem concerned. Since I noticed her problem I have really been pushing the fluids, I gave her very watered down boullion, ice cubes, and water, hoping we don't have to return to the Vet, after all I am trying to keep her calm. I was finally able to get 1/2 can of dog food in her tonight - she turned down beef and pasta (we had spaghetti, so I gave her ground beef a touch of sauce and noodles, she normally loves it)... but is eating treats just fine. She skipped breakfast this morning because of all horrors, it was dog food.

Other than the not drinking, eating much, and peeing, she has perked up and wants to play...Should I just keep pushing the fluids as best as I can, she is not liking me much right now? Me thinks we have created a monster...everything needs to be brought to her on a silver platter now LOL. I just want her to be ok.

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In my mind a poor appetite and not drinking water warrants a trip to the vet. Hopefully it is something simple to fix. Any dog I have had spayed or neutered has recovered very quickly.
 

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The dark urine is an indication of being dehydrated. The not drinking would have me much more worried than the not eating. A dog can go a few days without eating and be fine, but she needs to stay hydrated. I would definitely get to the vet's office ASAP.
 

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Agreed. Although I don't seem to like your current vet... Then again I don't like vets who tell you they don't need pain meds instead of stating if you wish you can purchase pain meds.

I don't know whats good for goldens but I use to give my mix breeds pedialight when they were sick. If they don't drink on their own (which most of the time they wouldn't) i'd put it in a syringe and do it the mean mommy way.

Or if you know how to start an IV and have a bag of fluids handy...
 

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I love my vets (had them for over thirty years now) and trust them completely so I would take her to the vet. We had to take one of the goldens to the emergency vet once for a IV. I would rather pay the bill than deal with the stress. Also I do think that you have created a monster (been there myself). Sully hasn't eaten her dinner tonight because I haven't kissed her and babied her enough for her to grant my wish of her eating. 'I live to serve.'
 

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I've had female cats and male dogs spayed/neutered and they bounced much more quickly than Layla is (like 2 days) so I think a trip to the vet is warranted. I am very sorry Layla is feeling poorly and having such a hard time with this.

I also disagree with the vet about pain meds. If it won't hurt her (as in she tolerates them well) then danggone it she had surgery and should have them.:mad:

My old guy had a splenectomy, stomach tumor removal and big lipoma removed last February. His incision went from his breast bone all the way to the back of his penis and he recovered in about 4 days. They did give him pain meds too. I just don't think Layla should still be feeling poorly after 5 days.

I hope Layla is just being a diva and it is not serious, but I think you need to have her checked out tomorrow. I'd be a diva too after all that so I don't blame her. If you don't like this vet or feel like you aren't getting good service, please find a new one.

My specialist takes Copper's urine sample straight from the bladder (with a needle:() to avoid contamination. Copper never seems to mind, but he puts up with anything. I think she is great and trust her judgment much more than I trust my regular vet. I have to find a new one too......

I hope she gets better and back to her wonderful self quickly.
 

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Looks like I will be taking her in first thing in the morning... hopefully she is ok.
It can never be easy with my dogs...........

She is still acting fine, but running away from me when she sees me heading towards her with water LOL. Maybe she has had enough, she did have a cup of boullion, about 12 ice cubes, and some water from the bowl....I probably water logged her now. I guess I will be sleeping on the couch again tonight.

I was so happy when she perked up yesterday... that seemed like normal timing, after surgery, especially when it comes to eating, cause Layla has never been a big eater.

Off to get my bed on the couch together.

thanks all,

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Maybe mix water with the food, even if it is canned? The fact that she is perking up is good. Is she wearing a cone? Maybe she is just feeling disoriented. Try not to reward the behavior that is getting her to act the way she is.

Like "Oh poor baby, I am so sorry". But if she has blood in her urine off to the vet for antibiotics.
 

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I sure hope we are all being nervous nellies and poor little Layla is being a diva.

She and you will be in my thoughts and prayers.
 

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So sorry to hear Layal is struggling with her spay. How do her stitches look and does she have a temp? It's nervewracking letting them go for any kind of surgery, so I can see why you are worried about her. I really think a new vet might be the way to go. When Tango was spayed, she has rimadyl and tramadol bc my vet says goldens are very stoic and don't always display the pain they feel. A spay is a big operation- common sense should tell your vet there is pain involved. Keep us updated on how Layla is feeling. Baby food (with no onions) like chicken and sweet potato is a good stand by for getting watery food in the pup.
 

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Does she still have the cone on?

Brady was different than any other pet I had neutered or spayed. The others bounced back immediately. For the first three days, Brady did not pee or poop and barely ate.

I did give him pain killers the first day, but did not like how he acted while on them, scared me.

As soon as I took his cone off, he became himself. Of course we could not watch him 24 hours, so when I pit it back on he would go back to not eating, peeing, etc.
 
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