Hi there, My 6-month-old mini groodle was spayed three days ago; she's recovered very well - lots of energy, eating, drinking and toileting as normal. Last night - and again today - she started breathing very quickly and shallowly. I've checked her stitches and they look good. She seems to be slightly annoyed by a bit of shaving rash, but other than that she is leaving the area alone (she's been supervised the whole time). What do you think might be the cause of the fast breathing?
Welcome! I would be happy to assist you. I am a 2003 graduate from UC Davis and a Medical Director of a veterinarian practice.Hello, This is a tough question. At 3 days post spaying, I am not convinced that this problem is related to the surgery, but could be wrong. My primary concerns include:- a hypersensitivity reaction (insect bite or sting reaction)- nausea (not likely if eating normally)- pain (a consideration)- stress/anxiety. Something fearful occurred or a change in routine. So, as examples: construction in area, having a stranger at the house.- It's hot out. - a primary heart or lung problem (no reason to suspect for this age)You can use a little hydrocortisone cream or benadryl cream on the shaver rash. But, if the breathing persists as you have described or she has obvious labored breathing, get into an ER vet ASAP.Good LuckDr. Andy Please reply ANY time more information is needed using the REPLY TO EXPERT button. Please remember to leave feedback by selecting a SMILEY FACE followed by “Submit”This is necessary, so I may receive credit from the website for my response, even if you are a subscribing member. Only rate my answer when you are 100% satisfied. IF you feel the need to rate "bad" or "poor", please stop and reply to me via the REPLY TO EXPERT button. I would be happy to continue assisting further, and do everything I can to be of the greatest assistance. REMEMBER: Even after you submit feedback, you can still review our discussion or reply if needed. Unfortunately, I cannot legally prescribe medications or offer a definitive diagnosis without performing a physical examination, which is necessary to establish a client-patient-doctor relationship. Any medical therapy and treatment should only be performed after an in-person examination with your veterinarian. While information may be discussed, this is not intended as an encouragement for you to self treat your pet. After we conclude this question, I can be requested for additional questions through my profile at: Dr. Andy
2003 UC Davis Veterinary Grad
Hi,I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?Dr. Andy