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My dog had surgery two days ago to remove cancerous tumors

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My dog had surgery two days ago to remove cancerous tumors from his hind legs. I noticed today on leg is red, hot and swollen. Took him to the vet they prescribed antibiotics and pain pills. Have him both and and extra antibiotic. Now about 2 hours later he is walking around drooling??
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 1 year ago.

Welcome to Justanswer! I am Dr. Altman and happy to assist you both today!

I am so sorry to hear Buddy is having such a difficult time recovering from surgery...

Unfortunately the drooling is due to nausea, likely related to the pain medications or the antibiotics

Tonight:
- pepcid (famotidine) 0.25 mg/ pound every 12 hours and try to administer 15+ minutes prior to the pain medication and antibiotics to minimize the nausea effect. You can crush in water if needed I definitely would let your vet know in the morning because they may change which medications Buddy is on
- Minimize food until the drooling and pacing resolves. If given food can result in the nausea becoming vomiting episodes and we definitely want to avoid that
- If drinking only in moderation, increased water intake can go along with the nausea as well
- In situations where he is having difficulties settling you can use benadryl 1 mg/ pound every 6-8 hours to help sedate mildly. It won't help with the nausea but it hopefully will allow him to rest. In <1% this can cause hyper excitement but it is very rare...

I hope this information makes sense and again I am so sorry you both are having such a tough time postoperatively recovering from this surgery...

Please let me know how else I can assist you both tonight

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Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 1 year ago.

I am online another 30 minutes if I can clarify or assist with any additional questions this evening

Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 1 year ago.

I am glad to see you were able to view my responses earlier.

Please let me know if I can be of any further assistance to you both today!

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Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 1 year ago.
Hi Michelle,
I'm just following up on our conversation about Buddy. How is everything going?
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