• We just had our dog spayed this afternoon, and she has shown every sign of good recovery: lots of sleeping, walking fine, eating well, urinated and defecated soon after we got home. Then, two hours later, she wanted to go outside again but could not have a bowel movement. She walked backwards trying, then looking forlorn, and just laid down in the grass. Should we be concerned?

    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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