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My 5 year old KC spaniel had an operation last wednesday to

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My 5 year old KC spaniel had an operation last wednesday to repair her displaced patella. She's been ok since but today she seems very quiet and miserable and feels very cold to touch. She's lethargic but doesn't seem to be in pain - she has daily painkillers. Earlier today she urinated whilst partially asleep - very unusual for her. Do you think I should be concerned or is this normal after an op?

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Customer: replied 7 months ago.
Hello Dr Andy


I have a CKCS now, and more former CKCS had this same surgery.
The feeling cold is hard to say. The best option would be take a rectal temperature, with any digital thermometer, to check the actual core body temperature. If it is under 98.0, that would be very surprising. There is nothing this many days post surgery that should contribute to an actual low body temperature. So, it may actually be more about your temperature than her temperature.

The painkiller could possibly cause the urinary incontinence, so that may resolve after medication is discontinued at your vet's direction.

If still eating and drinking okay, not seeming painful, that is all good signs.
The surgery was only a few days ago, so not entirely irregular for a recovery.
Make sure to update your vet by early tomorrow so they know how Indie is doing.

My only other concern would be any irregular or labored breathing, which would warrant a more immediately vet visit.
Dr. Andy

Customer: replied 7 months ago.
Thank you. I just wanted reassurance that there was nothing going on. She's not labouring her breathing and is eating - albeit not as enthusiastically as usual.

Might have a lot to do with the drugs.
Talk with your vet. They might suggest a modified dose or different medication, if there even is enough of a concern.

Dr. Andy

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Customer: replied 7 months ago.
Thank you

You are very welcome!