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Dog Won't Eat After Being Spayed

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Spaying is a major medical procedure. Your dog may not be very interested in food after the surgery. This is a guide about dog won't eat after being spayed.


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August 14, 2007

My Shihtzu/Maltese has been spayed seven day ago. She was fine, got some pain medicine and cleaning solution but now she is not eating. She plays good and drinks water, should I worry?

Doris from SJ CA

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By guest (Guest Post)
August 16, 20070 found this helpful
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Yes, you should be worried about your dog not eating post surgery. It is possible that there is an infection or some stitches that missed being removed, etc. Your best bet is to take your pet back to the vet for follow up treatment immediately

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By guest (Guest Post)
August 16, 20070 found this helpful
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When my dog was ill the vet asked on the phone if she was eating and drinking. She said not drinking, bring her in right away. For food she said if they don't eat after 24 hours they should be seen.

Sounds like you need to take her in. She could have an infection in her incision.

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By guest (Guest Post)
August 19, 20070 found this helpful
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I've worked at a vet's office for four years now, If the dogs is not eating then you need to call the vet. Also Moniter if she has vomited, drinking water, or has diarrhea. I could be something serious. On another note, you said something about meds? How are you giving the meds? Shihtzu/Maltese are know for being picky eaters and if she is getting meds in something better than her bland kibble, then there is a chance she is holding out for the better food. Try offering her some wet canned food. I recommend Hill's prescription diet A/D.

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By guest (Guest Post)
August 16, 20070 found this helpful

Yes, you should be worried and you should immediately be calling/going for a follow up visit with your vet

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