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  • We just had her spayed this afternoon and she has shown every si

    Question:
    We just had her spayed this afternoon, and she has shown every sign of good recovery: lots of sleeping, walking fine, eaten dinner (half portion), urinated and defecated soon after we got home. Two hours later she wanted to go outside again and walked down the five steps from our deck to the yard by herself. But then she tried to have a bowel movement and could not. She walked backwards trying, then looking forlorn, she just laid down in the grass. She's now sleeping again and soon she'll go to bed for the night, but should we be concerned?

    Thanks, Lisa and Jim Sherman

    Answer:
    Some straining after after her surgery can be normal. It may be secondary to the anesthesia. If this continues for longer than 12 hours or if she seems like she is in pain I recommend that you take her into see your veterinarian. If you see any vomiting, diarrhea or any bleeding she needs to be seen by a veterinarian immediately.

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