Hi everyone,

On Wednesday my beloved 3 year old Roxie had to get surgery done for a luxating patella. The vet kept her overnight and the next day she was doing ok - she ate chicken and rice and did a pee but didn't drink. The next day she was still eating and did a pee then. But yesterday (saturday) she wouldn't eat or drink or pee and today is the same story. I have had her at the vet everyday and they don't seem too worried but she is getting morphine injections because she is in so much pain! Is this a normal reaction - am I panicking too much? She has had another morphine injection this morning as well as her normal painkiller and is now very sleepy. She will probably sleep until I give her Tramadol this evening. I hate doping her up on painkillers but is there really any choice when she is this bad? I thought she would be recovering by now, not getting worse :(

Thanks for any replies xox

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I do not have an answer for you, but wll keep you and your baby in my thoughts and prayers.

Much appreciated, thank you.

I'm so very sorry to hear this.  I have not had any experience with this.  You may want to check out Pug Village as well.  They are a site similar to Pugslife and a lot of people have had experience with all different health issues.  You can post your blog and search others as well who may have shared similar past stories.  I'd try getting a second opinion as well.

Thanks for that. There are four vets at my clinic and she regularly sees each of them so i'm not too concerned about the vet's decisions in treating her. I've just never known a dog to be in such bad form so long after surgery.

I understand your concern.  She is in my thoughts and prayers and please keep us posted.  I hope she has a speedy and as pain free recovery as possible!

Will do thanks Jackie

Hi Linda. Felix my pug baby had the same surgery twice. Last year the left back and this year the right. the vet gave him rimadyl for pain and seemed to work well. He also had a pain patch.He was in quite a lot of pain and wouldn't eat and didn't drink much. It is normal for quite a bit of pain. I would be concerned and keep good eye on her. Maybe the wrong kind of pain med for or too much of something. Felix was on antibiotic as well if Roxie is on one (which I hope) That might not be agreeing with her. Just some thoughts to check with the vet. Hope this helps they are such babies and lovable dogs.


Thanks for your replies. Roxie woke up this morning with an ulcer in her eye. Her eye had been sore following surgery but the vet didn't seem concerned and was happy enough for me to keep it clean. She is now in the vets surgery for observation. I told the vet this morning that I think she is on too many heavy painkillers, and the vet seemed to agree that the not eating/drinking is probably down to stress and depression from being in pain and crated all the time. She has had a traumatic few weeks (prior to the surgery she was suffering a phantom pregnancy) and it seems every time I come near her its to shove a pill down her throat.

When I take her home I am going to keep her on the minimum of painkillers to keep her with it and the next challenge is to figure out how to cheer her up when she is going to be confined to the crate for another five weeks.

I didn't keep Felix crated. I put soft folded fleece blankets on the floor for him to lay on. And spent alot of sitting time on the floor with him. When I wasn't  there to keep an eye on him I put him in his crate. She wiil let you know when she's hurting. Felix would look at me and whine with his ears straight back. Hope she's feeling better soon.

Poor baby.  I'm glad you were able to get in touch with your vet.  Sometimes, us mom's know best! 

I'm glad to hear you say that, I think it is the tramadol too and as tomorrow will be a week from her surgery I have decided to just keep her on Loxicom and a Rimifin in the evening. They have told me to keep her in the crate for 6 weeks so as not to undo the work that the surgery did - she is only allowed minimal steps to go to the toilet too which is hard because she has to run round the whole garden to find the exact right spot! I am going to buy a coffee table today to put beside my bed so that she is beside me even when she is the crate. She really doesn't like change - when I stay at my sisters house I take her with me but even then she won't eat and will throw up green bile. So I have decided I am going to stop taking round to the vets everyday when she seems lifeless and try to get her into a routine so that she feels a bit safer. Hopefully then she will come around.

Thanks for the good wishes everyone, I will let you know how she is when she comes home from the vets today.

Hi Linda, hope all is well!  How is Roxie doing after her vet visit?


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