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, Yes she is 10 years old just had a major surgery

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Customer: Gil
JA: Thanks. Can you give me any more details about your issue?
Customer: Yes she is 10 years old just had a major surgery to remove her spleen and a softball size tumor about 5 days ago. She is recovering very well and has a healthy appetite and is on tramadal, cephalixin and rimadyl. she popped the first day home but now it has been 2 days since she went.
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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 you both have been through so much the past few days.

It is normal for a dog to not defecate several days after surgery. The day of or immediately after surgery they defecate what was already in their colon but the combination of no food x 12+ hours, the opioids which slow the gut, and reduced activity can increase gi stagnancy and as long as there is no vomiting and eating well giving it another 24 hours is advised

You can encourage defecation by adding water to small more frequent meals along with fiber such as white rice and if there is no defecation by tomorrow afternoon please consult your veterinarian.

I hope this information helps, I do caution owners this is a normal phenomenon postoperatively but do understand your concerns this evening

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Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 1 year ago.

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

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