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04-07-2009, 08:51 PM
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My Dog is acting weird after anesthesia

Today, I brought my 14 year old dog to get his teeth cleaned. His teeth were in bad shape as we had never actually cleaned them before, so the vet was forced to remove 10 teeth (most of them were in the front).

Anyway, he was out of the operating room at 1 and we picked him up at 5. I was expecting him to be wobbly and out of it, which he was, but he seems to be showing some other weird side effects.
First off, he's completely restless... He tries to sleep, but then gets up and starts pacing around the house. He's also constantly whining and he just doesn't know what he wants. He goes up to his bowl of food/water, and he just stands there looking at the wall. We tried sending him out, but he just won't go; he hasn't peed since he got home.

Maybe I'm just paranoid, but for some reason I'm thinking he got some brain damage from the anesthesia? I never had a dog before, and this is his first time going 'under'... I don't know what could be wrong with him.

By the way, the vet prescribed some pain killers and antibiotics. Pain killers are given once a day (they were given to him after his surgery), and the antibiotics are given twice a day which we gave to him when he got home.

Anyone have any advice?

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I would say call the vet back, but their offices are probably closed by now.

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I would say call the vet back, but their offices are probably closed by now.
Yeah, I'm definitely going to that tomorrow morning. I'm hoping maybe he's just a little traumatized from today's ordeal, and will get over it by tomorrow

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Yeah, I'm definitely going to that tomorrow morning. I'm hoping maybe he's just a little traumatized from today's ordeal, and will get over it by tomorrow
My dog acted messed up for a week after getting anesthesia once.

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Your dog is 14, pretty old...and was anaesthetised for the first time, and awoke with 10 missing teeth. He's stressed and likely still feels pain. Probably needs acepromazine. Just try to limit his activity & any distractions...hopefully he'll eventually chill out. Still may be a good idea to call the vet.

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Do you have an emergency vet nearby? We have one here that's open nights when the others close. There's usually one like that. You just call them, and if they want your dog in they'll tell you to bring her.

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Yeah, this happens with all animals when they're under the influence of anesthesia.

You have to take into consideration that your dog is older. It'll take a couple of days, maybe 3 or 4, but he'll come out of it.

When I had surgery, and was under the general, I was disorientated for a couple of days.

If you're dog is still acting funny after five days, then I'd call the vet back.

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If you're going to eat it, I suggest braising as the best method. It's old so the meat would be tough and direct heat would turn it into shoe leather. But braising would let all the connective tissue dissolve into tender tasty meat.

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Well, he's much better today. I shouldn't have panicked yesterday... but I'm sure you guys understand. I'll keep an eye on him to make sure he keeps progressing.

Thanks for the input, guys.

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Yeah, most animals are dopey for days after anesthesia. I'm kind of surprised your vet didn't warn you.

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i had just taken my dog to the vet about a month back now..
He was acting the same way after anesthesia.
They are restless because it's a new sensation for them. They do not know what is happening..
My dog wouldn't drink or eat.
So what we did, was bought Pedialyte Apple juice for him, because it's a bit sweet
and also gave him boiled chicken with rice...
that should work to give your dog some food/water in his system

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My dog was a lil weird after his teeth cleaning, but immediately went outside and took a 5 minute pee. He took a couple steps, and took a giant dump. He was back in business.

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Yeah, most animals are dopey for days after anesthesia. I'm kind of surprised your vet didn't warn you.
This. My dog had some teeth pulled a couple of months ago and was pretty loopy for a few days afterwords. The vet was pretty good about telling us about the side effects..

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I would bet it was a mixture of pain and missing the teeth. Imagine having a bunch of your teeth removed all at once, must feel weird as hell.

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Well, he's much better today. I shouldn't have panicked yesterday... but I'm sure you guys understand. I'll keep an eye on him to make sure he keeps progressing.

Thanks for the input, guys.
Good to hear.

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