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Senior Dog 7 days post-op, Lethargic w/ Poor Appetite
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We are on day 7 post surgery, Puddin seems to be sleeping even more and when she goes out to use the bathroom no interest in looking or sniffing around she ready to come right back in. Her appetite has also seemed diminished starting last night and she’s never had a problem wanting to eat. I offered her a treat this morning and she just put it on the floor. She got off the tramadol wednesday i thought she might be having some withdrawals or something or maybe she’s just tired. She will be 12 in Nov. but up until this bone cancer has been healthy her whole life. Her tail stays tucked under most of the time. I live in the south off in the country ,she’s always been an outside dog by choice we’ve got her in because of the heat and we can keep an eye on her better. Maybe i’m expecting to much to soon. Let me know what u think and if your pets have went through the same stages of recovery. the only med she is on is prevocox (aspirin)



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Radar is 7 days post surgery as well.  The only medication he’s been on is prevacox and antibiotics.  He has also gone through stages as well.  Some days not wanting to go out or eat.  At first he was happy to go out with us and follow us around a bit but that diminished.  We have kept the other dogs separated from him until 2 days ago when we allow him to socialize and go out with his mother (who is very mellow).  He seems to act more like everythings normal when she is with him and is getting more exercise following her around outside (it doesn’t hurt that she’s almost due to come into heat and I think this provides some distraction for him).

One thing is to not "act" too worried yourself.  She may be taking her cue from you.  Give her a bit of time – she still has a lot of adjusting to do.  Medication changes could be accounting for her mood somewhat (again time is needed here to adjust) and also I’ve been told by my vet that the prevacox may be upsetting to Radar’s stomach and to try to make sure he has some sort of food on board when giving it. 

Hugs to puddin.  Let us know how she does.

Connie & Radar


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What you have described are very common during the first couple of weeks after surgery. 

"Usually", it is ok to give Tramadol the first 14 days as needed.  Did the vet specify to stop administering 5 days after surgery? 

For over a month post-op, Genie had a roller coaster appetite, with 90% of the time she just didn’t even attempt to sniff her food.  She loved eating, and when she did not, I got worried.  Sounds like Puddin’s appetite is affected by the meds.  I hope that won’t last as long as a month!

I blamed it on the pain meds, antibiotic.  I hate the side effects of Tramadol (poor appetite, nausea, thirsty, drowsy, …), yet I kept giving Genie Tramadol until the supply ran out.  She never showed if she was in pain, discomfort, so I had to make sure she was comfortable as long as I followed the dosage instructions.  On top of Tramadol, the vet prescribed Metacam for pain as well. 

As the body finish flushing out the meds later on, Puddin’s appetite will come back, but first you have to make sure she won’t feel much pain by discontinuing pain meds too soon.

Yes, Genie slept a lot too throughout her tripawd life, and especially the first few weeks post-op.  The amount of sleep she needed was like a baby.  It was partially because of the meds, and also she got tired a LOT sooner by adjusting to the new walk.

Be patient, things will get better and better.

Hugs to Puddin.

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Dawn said:

Maybe i’m expecting to much to soon.

Indeed, just give her time. And lots of rest.

Please be careful with Prevacox. She may be having a bad reaction to that.  It can cause serious gastrointestinal problems. I was on that stuff for a week or so before my surgery, when my old doctor thought I had arthritis.

My people soon noticed my poop was slimy and researched Prevacox online. Some of the things they found out were pretty scary, and they took me off it imediately. 

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