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 Post subject: 5-6 day post neuter lethargy, mopey, pacing, and standing
PostPosted: Sun Mar 18, 2012 5:15 am 
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Hi,

Rocky is 5-6 days post neuter (neuter was Tuesday) and he is normally a happy go ducky puppy (read = boundless energy). He's 6 months old. Except for a spurt of energy from 1-2:30 this morning, he is very mopey, very lethargic, he paces, and is doing this wierd thing where he is trying to sleep while standing up or sitting (and he sways). We've been taking his cone off so we can watch him and to see if he can sleep (he's 100% supervised the entire time its off) and then the cone goes back on if we can't watch him. Usually he is stuck to me like glue but last night and this morning he wants to sleep in my arms. He had boat loads of energy earlier this week right after the neuter, but yesterday and today he's a different dog. Example: he usually wants to eat whatever I have in my hand and this morning I was able to eat my bagel and cheese while holding him and he didn't even lift his head. He doesn't even perk up for "nummy" or "chicken" or "bone" or even the sound of the ice maker. He just kind of stands on all 4's next to me (usually) and sways and tries to sleep (cone on or off).

He seems to eliminating okay (#1 and #2). He seems to be eating OK, although he was starved and thirsty this morning at 2AM and had 1/2 scoop of dry kibble.

I'm a hypochondriac for myslef so at first I thought he was worried about me. But now, I think there is something wrong. He woke up at 1AM this morning with a wild burst of energy and was active and playful from 1:00AM until 2:30 (played with toys, played tug, played keep away with hubby's crocs), then he pooped and was able to go back to sleep, althoguh he tossed and turned alot with the cone on.

Thoughts? Is the neuter just finally catching up to him? Is there something wrong with him? Is there something wrong with me?

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 Post subject: Re: 5-6 day post neuter lethargy, mopey, pacing, and standin
PostPosted: Sun Mar 18, 2012 5:34 am 
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My "guess" is that it's the cone. I think if you took it off and just kept an eye on him, he might go back to acting normal. They act weird sometimes with the cone because it throws off their balance and vision. Since it's 5-6 days post op, try just keeping a good eye on him to be sure he won't bother the incision. Or put a kid's T-shirt on him instead of the cone. If he's eating, drinking, and eliminating ok, he's probaby ok.

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 Post subject: Re: 5-6 day post neuter lethargy, mopey, pacing, and standin
PostPosted: Sun Mar 18, 2012 5:38 am 
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He does it with and without the collar. I even bought an inflatable collar and he does it with that too.


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 Post subject: Re: 5-6 day post neuter lethargy, mopey, pacing, and standin
PostPosted: Sun Mar 18, 2012 7:20 am 
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Gina perhaps you should give your vet a call tomorrow and bring him in for a check.

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 Post subject: Re: 5-6 day post neuter lethargy, mopey, pacing, and standin
PostPosted: Sun Mar 18, 2012 7:40 am 
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Check his gums, if they are pink and normal wait until tomorrow, if they are pale and white, then bring him to the ER vet asap, read the postings on AIHA/IMHA. My immediate reaction if a dog is "not right" is check the gums first. Hope he is feeling better soon, acting like ths 6 days after is not normal, maybe an infection, although rare.

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 Post subject: Re: 5-6 day post neuter lethargy, mopey, pacing, and standin
PostPosted: Sun Mar 18, 2012 9:06 am 
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I am a super worry-wart (have actually elevated it to an art form) and I have to say I'd get him to the vet. I do agree that if his gums are nice and pink it can wait till tomorrow but I'd still insist on his being seen tomorrow. If the gums are not pink - I agree - get to a vet now, today.

That said - he may be a little over-dramatic. My Teddy was like that - a little whimper here, a sigh there, one day he even limped a bit :roll - and this went on for two weeks (I had him at the vet 4 times!). In all liklihood he is fine but a change like that needs to be checked out.

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 Post subject: Re: 5-6 day post neuter lethargy, mopey, pacing, and standin
PostPosted: Sun Mar 18, 2012 10:06 am 
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He might have an infection he is fighting - I would take him to the vet. Not long ago, Rugby was acting lethargic and wasn't jumping up on furniture like he usually does. Turned out he had a hotspot and developed a staph infection. After just a few days of antibiotic, he was back to normal.

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 Post subject: Re: 5-6 day post neuter lethargy, mopey, pacing, and standin
PostPosted: Sun Mar 18, 2012 11:43 am 
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Yeah, I agree that he needs to be seen. I thought maybe it was only when he was wearing the cone. Better safe than sorry.

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 Post subject: Re: 5-6 day post neuter lethargy, mopey, pacing, and standin
PostPosted: Mon Mar 19, 2012 5:58 am 
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I would check with the vet too. Any male I have ever had both owned and fostered came out of it jumping and acting like nothing ever happened.

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 Post subject: Re: 5-6 day post neuter lethargy, mopey, pacing, and standin
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Chessie was a drama queen after her spay.. we ended up taking her to the emergency vet because she would not stand up. She was slightly dehydrated and they gave her meds because of a possible infection...

I did find out later that while most will bounce back quickly .. there are always some who take more time to recover... perhaps he just needs some time but I'd rather be safe than sorry. Let us know what the vet says.... hope he's doing better soon!

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 Post subject: Re: 5-6 day post neuter lethargy, mopey, pacing, and standin
PostPosted: Mon Mar 19, 2012 9:04 am 
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the males I have had never knew it happened. I would definitely see the vet

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 Post subject: Re: 5-6 day post neuter lethargy, mopey, pacing, and standin
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George bounced straight back, demanded food that night, went barging around the house with the collar on (ouch!) and never looked back. But some dogs are drama queens. It's most likely nothing, but if in doubt, it never hurts to get the vet to look at him - perhaps the stitches are hurting him or something. And as others have said, check his gums, if they're pink, just get an appointment in the next day or so. If they're pale, get him straight in.

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