Post-Anesthesia Side Effects in Older Dogs


My family has a 15year old yorkie who is the sweetheart and life of our family. He had surgery to remove a large subcutaneous mass on his face 3 days ago. Some background: he has had polydipsia and increased urination related to his pre-renal failure for the past year, but has been doing well until this surgery. We delayed his surgery for a long time since the mass was superficial (not adherent to underlying tissue), but mostly because it did not seem to bother him until recently. We were very scared about surgery due to his prerenal issues and his age. Surgery was ostensibly o.k. with the entire mass removed (pending pathology), and he woke up 1.5 to 2 hours after. He ate a little and seemed to be doing fine until about 7 hours later when he started this methodical whining and yelping.

It has gotten worse in the ensuing 3 days and I heard him ‘screaming’ in the background when I called my Mother (he lives with her about 4 hours away from me). the sound was scary and absolutely broke my heart. My Mother is panicky, has not slept in 3 days, and is constantly crying. She has taken him back to the vet 4 times in the last 2 days and they gave him ‘pain shots’ and one anti-anxiety shot just today, which finally sedated him a little (he wasn’t yelling). I don’t know what they gave him but I expect it won’t last, and I don’t even know if it’s doing him any good. Has anyone had this experience and/or can offer any holistic advice?

Oh my gosh.this makes me so sad. I’m sure someone here would have some good advice for you. Post your email again and put Attn Dr. Shawn. He is the vet who owns this group. He’s wonderful. I can’t imagine how painful it is for you and your mother to hear this little dog scream. I will be praying for all of you.

Update: I caught the 1st flight home to Mom to help with Samson (our yorkie). I brought with me some Bach’s Flower essence and homeopathic anti-anxiety remedies (chamomille, etc.). I gave Samson some of those, along with a detox regimen mixed with Ginger tea. Within 6 hours, he was 70% calmer and has ‘agreed’ to eat a little bit. He was well enough at the end of the day for me to catch a flight back home—-to go back to work tomorrow. My Mom has slept her first few hours in 4 days and has a smile on her face!

Thank you so much for updating us! I’ve had you all on my mind! Those Bach Flowers are awesome, aren’t they? I love them! I’ve been using them for the dogs but perhaps I should try them for me. LOL Any idea if you can use them on cats? I’d like to find out more about the detox regimen with Ginger Tea, however.

I use the detox packs (available at Wholefoods Market and even CVS) which contains essentially a mixture of herbs. I mixed the powder with Ginger tea (homemade) to ease GI tract. It’s pretty simple and I’ve been doing this subsequent to the times he has needed to take any oral meds/antibiotics.

I don’t know about Bach Flowers for cats though.

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