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My dog had 120 porcupine quills removed on Monday night. He

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My dog had 120 porcupine quills removed on Monday night. He is an 83 lb husky male, 4 years old, healthy up until now. He never fully seemed to come out of anesthesia it seemed to us. Vet says that is not possible, he may have "thrown a clot".
He is very confused, circling, trying to hide it seems - getting his head stuck in odd places. He has started to urinate and defecate again and is eating icecream and cheese only, so far.
Any advice?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  brisadog replied 2 years ago.
Hi, I can help you with your question today.
I agree, some dogs will take longer to come out of anesthesia than others, but the effects could not last this long.
Although I do want him on pain medication, it is possible that the tramadol is causing sedation. I suggest switching his pain medication so we can see if the tramadol is the culprit. Does he have any liver or kidney problems?