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Depending on the size of the dog, pain meds may be Torbutrol, Rimadyl, or another NSAID like Metacam. Most males need it for a day or two if that if both testicles are descended. These are all prescriptions your vet would send you home with.

If he spends the night at the vet, he should be pretty normal the next day other than tired from being at the vet. If he goes home the same day he may be a little groggy.

The incision should be small if both testicles are descended. If not, he will have a larger abdominal incision to find them.

He should not be in a lot of pain, but the sutures do tend to feel funny to some dogs.
 

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Originally posted by MalteseJane@Feb 9 2005, 10:45 AM
Rimadyl is for arthritis, not exactly a pain killer for after surgery.
You will be amazed how quickly your little guy will recuperate. Yes the pain killer is an option, I took it but did not need it. Even tho Alex had more extensive surgery because they had to find his other testicle that was not descended. The vet will give a pain killer if you choose to get it. Make sure you do the blood work before surgery. You bring them in early in the morning and get them back in the afternoon after they are a wake from the anesthesia. Your vet will give you all the after care instructions. You can have him drink water later in the evening but be careful, only a little bit to start. In my point of view it's not a good idea to feed them because as littlepeanut mom experienced there is a good chance they will throw up. It's better if they can wait to the next morning. Alex never even WANTS to eat after anesthesia (for dental cleaning or his latest surgery for his knee).
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Rimadyl is approved for post-operative pain relief.
 

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Deramaxx is still available for dogs. We usually use that or Rimadyl for post-op spays and neuters. In tiny dogs, we use Torbutrol.

The dog should be given an injection of pain medication before it is totally awake.

Torbutrol and Buprenex and a few other pain meds can make the dog sleepy. Rimadyl and other NSAIDs do not.

A spay is abdominal surgery, so they usually do need pain meds for a few days. Within 2-3 days, though, the dog has usually bounced back completely. It is very important to keep them quiet for the next week - no running, jumping, rough housing, etc. If those sutures go, you have an open incision into the abdomen. So, follow your vet's confinement instructions.

Most clinics where the policy is that they stay overnight require you to make arrangements with the vet before hand if you want to take them home the same day. Many vets are very hesitant to do this because of lack of owner compliance in general with post-op instructions. Basically, the dog should come home and be crated for the next day with only brief leash walks for potty breaks. Keeping them overnight ensures quiet confinement.
 
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