Poor Puppy :( Advice needed!

Some of you know our dog had a big scare 2.5 weeks ago - we had to take her to the emergency vet and almost lost her, if we had waited another few hours they said there would have been little hope.


Anyways, she had pyometra (infection of the uterus) which was solved by a complete spay (at 11pm on a Saturday night, the night before I was MOH in a wedding no less, hahah!) as well as some antibiotics.  The reason she wasn't spayed ever is a longer story, but know that I am VERY pro-spay - I'm embarrassed that she wasn't spayed.  


If only I had known :(


At any rate, the point of this post is that we are now 2.5 weeks post op.  She had a rough, but good recovery with a 5 inch scar they stapled shut. . .she hated the cone of shame so much that at night she wouldn't sleep, and then during the day I would let her be out of the cone when I was home and she would sleep HARD all day because she was so exhausted.


The staples got removed on Tuesday, the vet said everything looked AWESOME.  She is eating and drinking well, wanting to play, etc. and had actually put on a pound back of the three she lost.  


HOWEVER, I've noticed a change in her attitude and I want advice on if this is just still her recovering, if it's her adjusting to the new hormone levels, or if I need to take her in?  

She is definitely not listless, but she is sleeping a lot.  She will perk up for 'walk' or 'treat' and she'll play tug of war and if you put her in the yard she rolls around and does her usual thing. . .but inside, she sleeps.  (I work from home so I get to see her patterns all day).  


If the doorbell rings, she'll bark once, but unlike before she doesn't come running and get herself into a tizzy (which, I don't mind as she's not making any effort to run out the door anymore! ! !).  All of my violin students came and went today and she was SO mellow in greeting them, no jumping or barking or needing to be put in her kennel because she was excited.  I didn't even panic as they opened the front door (which I've always worried she would run out of).  


She's not spending hours on end barking at people walking by. . .overall she's just SO mellow and calm and she really just wants to snuggle a lot more than ever before.  As a matter of fact, at the vets office, she was much less in a tizzy around other dogs - she's normally agressive towards them. . .instead she perked up her ears and grunted once, but didn't get all crazy psycho like she used too.  


Is this our new dog, a result of the changes she has been through?  Or is she still recovering?  Or should I worry and take her in again?


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Posted on July 14, 2011 at 7:41 am
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carolinawedding
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My mom's male dog went through this when he was neutered. He got much calmer, but it definitely came back after a while.


I'd give it more time and just pay attention. Her sleep schedule may just be messed up from the cone of shame. Kind of like when people work shift work and can't get a well adjusted schedule.

Posted on July 14, 2011 at 8:06 am
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Adorable puppy!


Aw poor thing!  I think she is probably still recovering...even though it's been 2.5 weeks she probably still has some healing going on inside and is still sore so jumping around and such might hurt.


Our dog still has his boys and I can't wait to get those suckers chopped off!  DH is dragging his feet but I'm tempted just to take him one day!  He is a spazy dog  so I'm hoping it calms him down a bit. 


Good luck and fingers crossed she's ok :)


 

Posted on July 14, 2011 at 9:36 am
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Spaying often drastically changes the temperament of female dogs - even more often than with male dogs (especially if they have reached maturity).  As a trainer, I often recommend to clients with females that are not spayed and having behavioral issues that they get it done if they are not planning to breed - for the attitude adjustment it often brings, as well as eliminating the risk for pyometria.  She may go back to some of her old ways, but most of the changes are likely permanent - spaying just has a way of affecting attitude in a more drastic way than neutering.  I had an Australian Shepherd/Border Collie/German Shepherd mix (can you say high-energy?)  and after she was spayed, while she still had tons of energy and play drive - she was definitely less anxious and apprehensive of new people and dogs (i.e. stopped barking at every little thing - sound familiar?)


If you are really worried, you might have a behaviorist evaluate her for signs of anxiety or fear that are just manifesting in more subtle ways, or just get her checked for a secondary infection (but if she's eating regularly, drinking plenty of water and she DOES play, I doubt she's sick) - but I really think it was the spaying =)  

Posted on July 15, 2011 at 2:44 am
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I'm of the opinion it was the spaying, too. All of my female dogs (and I've had 4 or 5 over the years) have really mellowed out after spaying. They are typically less playful than my male dogs, too.  I have had and currently have a male and female together of the same breed (when I was a teenager, I had male and female shelties. now I have male and female Cavaliers) and the females are always less likely to play or are generally more mellow and sleep more. Gosh, Sophie sleeps so much and snores! LOL!

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