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Old 12-29-2012, 12:14 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Post-op thirst?

Halla, unlike Odin, came out of her crop full of pep and ready to rumble.

We took along her training treats since we knew she'd be starved, having not eaten for almost 24 hours.

She came home, got her 'clothes' off and proceeded to chase her toys, tear up the bedroom and bite mom.
[this is normal]

She is, however, drinking like a parched fish.

She ate a token bit of her usual food and turned her nose up at the rest, preferring to drink *more* water, instead.

Her belly was so full of water I took away her water bowl.

Is post-op thirst normal?

She had an IV inserted 'just in case' but there's no mention of fluids being given.

She's a big drinker anyway but this concerns me.

Am I, yet again, freaking out for nothing?

As part of her conditional release from the unsupervised overnight stay, we have to be back there again 8AM this morning.

Until then, I'm not going to sleep until I can quite fretting.

[I'm already massively sleep deprived, as it is]

Any thoughts/advice would be hugely appreciated.
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Old 12-29-2012, 12:55 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Being thirsty isn't that uncommon after anesthesia. Just don't let her drink all the water she wants, though. Chances are she'll give at least some of it back. Just give her a few laps every thirty minutes of so.
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Old 12-29-2012, 01:07 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Being thirsty isn't that uncommon after anesthesia. Just don't let her drink all the water she wants, though. Chances are she'll give at least some of it back. Just give her a few laps every thirty minutes of so.
Thank you.

She is currently sans-water.

I went upstairs to change clothes and came back to find hubby had given her a whole full bowl, most of which was gone.
[he is not dog savvy at all]

When her belly goes down a bit and she pees again, I'll give her a little more.

For now, a brief nap.

/exhausted

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You could also provide ice chips for her to lick as a way of slowing down her water intake temporarily.

Apparently increased thirst is common after surgery, and some pain killers can cause increased thirst too. I think I would give her ice chips (just a few at a time) to slow down her drinking, yet still give her some water. She shouldn't have huge amounts of water because it can trigger vomiting.

Then I would grill the vet in the morning

I also read that the first day after a surgery is the worst to deal with, so there is at least a little hope on the horizon. Good luck!
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You could also provide ice chips for her to lick as a way of slowing down her water intake temporarily.

Apparently increased thirst is common after surgery, and some pain killers can cause increased thirst too. I think I would give her ice chips (just a few at a time) to slow down her drinking, yet still give her some water. She shouldn't have huge amounts of water because it can trigger vomiting.

Then I would grill the vet in the morning

I also read that the first day after a surgery is the worst to deal with, so there is at least a little hope on the horizon. Good luck!
Grilling this vet would be a suicide mission.

I barely got to bring her home, as it is.

Then I had to put forth a million valid reasons for refusing Rimadyl.

Then I had to swear on my life to bring her back again at an ungodly hour to be 'checked on' today.

What, pray tell, might I ask her without getting the ever loving snot kicked outta me?



To top it off, we have no ice.

Nobody here uses ice and the ice maker in the door of the fridge has never even been hooked up.

Ack!

Except for her canine sponge act, she's as full of **** and vinegar as ever.

You'd never guess she'd had surgery if her ears weren't taped over her head.

[we got charged $2.25 for 'hazardous waste disposal"...I coulda just brought home her former ear bits for free]
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Old 12-29-2012, 01:49 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Oof.

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