Go Back   Pet forum for dogs cats and humans - Pets.ca > Discussion Groups - mainly cats and dogs > Dog health - Ask members * If your pet is vomiting-bleeding-diarrhea etc. Vet time!

Thread Tools Display Modes
Old May 16th, 2015, 06:55 PM
snbd9 snbd9 is offline
Junior Member
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Saskatchewan
Posts: 17
TPLO Recovery

A quick question. I have a 3 year old Lab and she has just undergone TPLO surgery. Surgery seem great. My question is, she now seems very lethargic and spends a lot of time sleeping. She doesn't appear to be in pain. No whining or crying however, just seems terribly out of character. Is this normal? I know when I am not feeling well, I tend to sleep so I was wondering if this is a natural reaction. I have attached a photo of the way she normally looks. Thanks.

Name:  image.jpg
Views: 67
Size:  140.7 KB
Reply With Quote
Old May 17th, 2015, 09:55 AM
hazelrunpack's Avatar
hazelrunpack hazelrunpack is offline
The Pack's Head Servant
Chopper Challenge Champion, Mini KickUps Champion, Bugz Champion, Snakeman Steve Champion, Shape Game Champion, Mumu Champion, Mouse Race Champion
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Just east of the Hazelnut Patch, Wisconsin
Posts: 50,987
How recently? When we had our springer's hips replaced she slept more than usual for the first couple of weeks after each surgery. She was pretty alert when awake, though. Lethargy isn't always a bad thing, though, especially when the dog is supposed to stay calm and quiet to let the surgical repairs heal.

If you're seeing a disturbing amount of lethargy more than a few weeks out from surgery, it never hurts to call the surgeon's office and ask them for advice, if only for a little peace of mind. If it's just been a few days since the surgery, your dog may still be recovering from the anesthesia--but again, if the degree of lethargy seems excessive to you, a call to the vet's office might be helpful.
"We are--each of us--dying; it's how we live in the meantime that makes the difference."

"It's not what you gather, but what you scatter that tells what kind of life you have lived!"

"Be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle."
Reply With Quote
Old May 17th, 2015, 10:01 AM
snbd9 snbd9 is offline
Junior Member
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Saskatchewan
Posts: 17
Thanks for the info. It is just coming to 10 days since the surgery. As you said, maybe not a bad thing.
Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Terms of Use

  • All Bulletin Board Posts are for personal/non-commercial use only.
  • Self-promotion and/or promotion in general is prohibited.
  • Debate is healthy but profane and deliberately rude posts will be deleted.
  • Posters not following the rules will be banned at the Admins' discretion.
  • Read the Full Forum Rules

Forum Details

  • Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8
    Copyright ©2000 - 2016, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
    vBulletin Optimisation by vB Optimise (Reduced on this page: MySQL 0%).
  • All times are GMT -5. The time now is 10:25 PM.