Diarrhea in Dogs After Spay Surgery

You may be second-guessing your choice to spay your dog if she's suffering from post-surgery diarrhea. Though it may be alarming, if it's only a day or two after her procedure, you can feel better knowing that's a normal reaction. There are a variety of reasons for her gastrointestinal distress. If her diarrhea doesn't clear up within 72 hours of surgery, she should visit the vet.

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It can take up to 72 hours for anesthesia to leave a dog's system.
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Uncomfortable But Not Abnormal

A change in diet is often the culprit behind diarrhea, but in your newly spayed dog's case, it could be due to the stress of her procedure or the pain medication she's taking for her recovery. As well, if the vet prescribed antibiotics, diarrhea may be a side effect of the medication. As a rule, as long as the diarrhea isn't bloody, you can try feeding her a bland diet for two or three days to help soothe her gastrointestinal tract. Steamed rice, mixed with an equal amount of boiled chicken, turkey or low sodium chicken broth will fill her up without stressing her belly. Feed her small amounts every four to six hours. If you notice blood in her diarrhea, or your dog is lethargic or vomiting, call the vet.