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Pain meds for kitten after getting spayed


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Took my little kitten in to get spayed yesterday and I purchased a five day supply of pain medicine; I don't want to see my kitten in pain! But this morning she seemed totally fine, back to walking normal and everything. I gave her the medicine anyway and she got really groggy and seemed kinda out of it.

So just wanting to hear others experience with this. Did your cat need the pain medication? If so for how long? I don't want to make her all groggy if she isn't in pain.

Thanks!

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Because a spay is a surgery, it's best to keep your kitten on the meds for at least 2 days, if not the entire time. Her being groggy and out of it could help keep her calm so she doesn't jump, run and play. If she's excited and running around, she could injure herself, which would cause her pain and you another hospital bill!

Pain meds after a minor surgery serve more to keep the animal calm than out of pain.

That makes a lot of sense. I didn't even think about the fact that she needs to be kept calm. Geez, guess I missed the ball on that one!

I will make sure she gets them for the next few days. Thanks!

Back in the day, they never gave (read SOLD) pain meds for dogs or cats after spays and neuters. I've never seen a cat or dog have much pain after a spay or neuter.

I was guilted into buying pain meds for Bunker when I had her spayed. She wasn't spayed until she was almost 6, so I did it because she was older and because the receptionist kept asking me if I was purchasing them. They cost me over $30.00 for a 2 day supply. Bunker weighed 95 lbs at the time.

I believe it was a waste of money. Bunker showed no side effects of the surgery even at the age of 6. The pain meds did not make her groggy.

i picked kenya up the morning after she was spayed (as an adult, so it was more invasive, no?) and they didn't give me anything. i kept her on the leash for two days to keep her from pulling a stitch, and i reminded her not to lick, but otherwise she was perfectly fine.

Original Post by moonikins:

Back in the day, they never gave (read SOLD) pain meds for dogs or cats after spays and neuters. I've never seen a cat or dog have much pain after a spay or neuter.

I was guilted into buying pain meds for Bunker when I had her spayed. She wasn't spayed until she was almost 6, so I did it because she was older and because the receptionist kept asking me if I was purchasing them. They cost me over $30.00 for a 2 day supply. Bunker weighed 95 lbs at the time.

I believe it was a waste of money. Bunker showed no side effects of the surgery even at the age of 6. The pain meds did not make her groggy.

 In your case, I agree. A six-year old, 95-pounder would be easier to keep calm than a kitten or a puppy. I hate when techs and receptionists get the okay from a vet to push meds. If a medication is truly needed, a vet is supposed to take the time to explain that to a client. If not, you can bet it's just to up your bill.

The sad thing is, I learned that in a class. :/

Original Post by kotov_syndrome:

The sad thing is, I learned that in a class. :/

the thing i hate about vets is when they're clearing winging it, but they try to pretend they know actually know what's going on with the animal.

Original Post by pgeorgian:

Original Post by kotov_syndrome:

The sad thing is, I learned that in a class. :/

the thing i hate about vets is when they're clearing winging it, but they try to pretend they know actually know what's going on with the animal.

 You know the times when a vet looks at an animal, then goes into their office for several minutes? Know what they're doing? Looking up the animal's symptoms in a book. I used to work for a vet who did that constantly, even for the most basic of ailments.

Don't even get me started on how some vets have to check for worms or conduct fecal-floats. :/ 

my first dog was attacked by three german shepherds, and a triangular chunk was torn out of her ear. it bled like crazy, so i took her in. dude really puzzled over how to deal with it. it couldn't be stitched, so he ended up putting a whole roll of gauze on top of her head, flipping the ear up and over it, and then wrapping another whole roll of gauze around her head. and then, of course, she had to have a cone. i think the bill was around $150.

i made her wear the cone for all of five minutes. when she kept getting it caught on the stairs and couldn't get up into the house, i took it off and it stayed off.

when dog #2 suffered an almost-identical injury (wolfhound), i decided not to put her through that. i went to shopper's drug mart, bought some gauze and first-aid tape ($5), and dealt with it myself. dog #2's ear healed perfectly.

aside: when a your dog gets a triangle torn out of their ear, and they shake their head, be prepared to take cover.

^Had the same situation with an ear (groom dog) and another with a tail (one of the westies).

As an addition to your aside, dried blood is incredibly difficult to get off of a wall. Lefty wagged his tail after the vet "fixed it" and...*shudders*

Ended up having to have part of his tail amputated so there was enough skin to stitch it. And no pain meds required. ;D

Original Post by moonikins:

Back in the day, they never gave (read SOLD) pain meds for dogs or cats after spays and neuters. I've never seen a cat or dog have much pain after a spay or neuter.

I was guilted into buying pain meds for Bunker when I had her spayed. She wasn't spayed until she was almost 6, so I did it because she was older and because the receptionist kept asking me if I was purchasing them. They cost me over $30.00 for a 2 day supply. Bunker weighed 95 lbs at the time.

I believe it was a waste of money. Bunker showed no side effects of the surgery even at the age of 6. The pain meds did not make her groggy.

My family has never been offered this and we've had numerous dogs and cats fixed... so I completely agree. Waste of money. I'm pretty much against sedating animals unless absolutely necessary.

It's hard to imagine recovery from a total hysterectomy not being painful though, right? My vet didn't recommend pain medicine for our cat (then kitten), and I just went with it but I think in the future I'd ask for some. Animals are great at hiding pain, and even so I could tell she was uncomfortable. I sat with a baggy of warm (not hot) water on her belly a couple times a day and she seemed soothed by it--can't imagine why else she'd tolerate it--so that tells me that the incision was at least a little painful.

I've had 3 animals spayed (2 dogs and 1 cat) and the afternoon we got them back they were miserable and slept a lot but the next day they acted like nothing happened.

I imagine they are probably sore though. My aunt had a total hysterectomy and didn't need any painkillers (just Tylenol) when she went home.

Just keep the kitten from playing/moving around like crazy so she doesn't tear her stitches.

Original Post by wegg:

It's hard to imagine recovery from a total hysterectomy not being painful though, right? 

i never bothered to fill the prescription after mine.

Original Post by pgeorgian:

Original Post by wegg:

It's hard to imagine recovery from a total hysterectomy not being painful though, right? 

i never bothered to fill the prescription after mine.

And you went through hell during the process too.

well, it wasn't a great month. but there was very little physical pain.

thanks for remembering, bunny!

ps: i should note, though, that not filling the prescription was stupid. it's always a good thing to have a few T3s lying around :)

Original Post by pgeorgian:

well, it wasn't a great month. but there was very little physical pain.

thanks for remembering, bunny!

I was super worried/relieved all at the same time when I learned, I'll never forget. :)

you are the sweetest thing on these boards :)

i gotta say, i remember when i finally got home after the first stint in hospital. i was--i think--three days later than expected. it was so cool to see how many people had paid attention and noticed that i wasn't back.

CC pisses me off sometimes, but once in awhile it's amazing Cool

Original Post by pgeorgian:

you are the sweetest thing on these boards :)

i gotta say, i remember when i finally got home after the first stint in hospital. i was--i think--three days later than expected. it was so cool to see how many people had paid attention and noticed that i wasn't back.

CC pisses me off sometimes, but once in awhile it's amazing 

Much love for ya around these parts. :D

Original Post by cptbunny:

Much love for ya around these parts. :D

among other things Tongue out

'nuff about me, now. back to the kitties.

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