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Old 08-01-2011, 09:41 AM   #1
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My little Belle is 9 months old today. She was spayed last week on Wednesday. It wasn't a scheduled spay, she had an appt with vet to see why she was still spotting a bit after having been in heat in early June. She was actually still in heat, most likely due to a follicular cyst, so my vet said he could spay her that day. He did the surgery and it was uneventful (her uterus was enlarged due to being in heat) and she woke up fine. All presurgery bloodwork was great.

I picked her up at 7pm that day, she was groggy and just rested and went to bed. The next morning she drank water, ate a TINY bit of food (IAMS healthy naturals) and then just wanted to sleep. She seemed ok most of the day then started vomiting. She would eat a little and then throw it up about 20 min later. Around 5pm, I called my vet, he suggested boiled chicken and rice, that came back up almost immediately. I called him back, he suggested resting her gut until the morning as she wasnt dehydrated and feed her I/D in the AM. I picked up 3 cans of it that night to be ready for the morning.

We got up in the morning, she had a teaspoon of the I/D and that came right back up. I called my vet as soon as they opened and he said to bring her in right away. He gave her and injection of Famotadine and something else to stop the vomiting. He also prescribed Famotadine and Sucralfate to take to the next 2 weeks. She didn't vomit anymore that day, but did a little durung the night. She is pretty much ok now, but can only eat small amounts of I/D several times a day. If I feed her a "normal" amount, some of it comes back up a few hours later. Her bloodwork was still normal Friday when we went back and had the injections.

I've always had my pets spayed/neutered and NEVER had anything like this happen. I worked at an animal shelter for 5 years and brought countless animals to be sterilized and none of them had anything similar happen. I'm just wondering if anyone has any ideas what might be going on with her?

She was 5 lbs pre-spay, a little less than that now. Also, other than the vomiting she is acting FINE. She wants to eat, she's acting like I'm starving her....
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I forgot to add that she also had 6 baby teeth removed at the time of her spay and she was sent home with Amoxi drops to prevent infection.
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Is she still on the antibiotic? If so it may be upsetting her tummy. Also after antibiotics sometimes the normal bacterial flora in the gut is altered. Try feeding her about a teaspoon of vanilla or plain yogurt (with live cultures) two or three times a day for a few days and see if that helps.
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My Madison was spayed last Friday and also had 6 teeth extracted. She was not vomiting but had diarrhea that night and the next morning. I was told to not give her the amoxi drops for 24 hrs just the pain medication 2xs a day. That helped! She's back on the amoxi drops and eating rice and chicken. Maybe the amoxi drops are upsetting her stomach. Ask you vet if you can stop giving her the antibiotics for a day and see how she does. Wishing Belle a speedy recovery!
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Forgot one more thing, the vet also told me to give her a spoonful of plain yogurt every few hours the day after her surgery all while withholding the antibiotics and just a small bit of rice and chicken for dinner. Madison is doing better
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My Madison was spayed last Friday and also had 6 teeth extracted. She was not vomiting but had diarrhea that night and the next morning. I was told to not give her the amoxi drops for 24 hrs just the pain medication 2xs a day. That helped! She's back on the amoxi drops and eating rice and chicken. Maybe the amoxi drops are upsetting her stomach. Ask you vet if you can stop giving her the antibiotics for a day and see how she does. Wishing Belle a speedy recovery!

While I was "resting" her tummy she didn't get the amoxi drops. Her stools are fine, thankfully. She can't tolerate anything other than the I/D right now, the chicken seems to be too much for her. If she only gets a spoonful of food at a time she can keep it down - she just acts like in starving her - she eats her little bit then looks for more!

Thank you for the support!
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Is she still on the antibiotic? If so it may be upsetting her tummy. Also after antibiotics sometimes the normal bacterial flora in the gut is altered. Try feeding her about a teaspoon of vanilla or plain yogurt (with live cultures) two or three times a day for a few days and see if that helps.
I hope she feels better soon.

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Honestly, I'd be afraid to give her yogurt again. I actually gave her a little with her dry food Thursday before she started throwing everything up. The only food she's able to tolerate is the I/D.

Thank you, I can't wait til she's feeling better!
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I hope so much that she will feel better ASAP! So sorry your little sweetie is not feeling good! Sending goo thoughts your way!
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While I was "resting" her tummy she didn't get the amoxi drops. Her stools are fine, thankfully. She can't tolerate anything other than the I/D right now, the chicken seems to be too much for her. If she only gets a spoonful of food at a time she can keep it down - she just acts like in starving her - she eats her little bit then looks for more!

Thank you for the support!

One thing I remembered them telling me before I left the vets was to just feed her a capful of food about 15 minutes apart so they're stomach gets used to it. Madison was also acting like she'd never eaten and I felt really bad but I did this for a whole day to avoid vomiting. Maybe you can try this with chicken and rice when your back to feeding her. It's nerve wrecking when they're sick
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One thing I remembered them telling me before I left the vets was to just feed her a capful of food about 15 minutes apart so they're stomach gets used to it. Madison was also acting like she'd never eaten and I felt really bad but I did this for a whole day to avoid vomiting. Maybe you can try this with chicken and rice when your back to feeding her. It's nerve wrecking when they're sick
It's absolutely nerve wracking. I didn't sleep well on Wednesday because I was worried about her being uncomfortable. I didn't sleep Thurs either because she sleeps in my bed (on my pillow usually) and she was throwing up all night and I was afraid she would need to go to the ER! It's been a nightmare.......

She's getting better. At least she cooperates taking her 2 prescriptions for her tummy She'll be on those for almost two more weeks.
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