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Why isn't my dog using the bathroom after being neutered?

asked 2019-02-08 14:18:13 -0500

I adopted a terrier from the shelter and we have had complications with the neutering. It's not healing so I took him to the vet and it's infected. We got antibiotics as well as pain meds, my question though no, he is not using the bathroom. He's in a lot of pain and when I put them down in the grass to go, he just runs up to me and wants me to pick him up. How can I help him?

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answered 2019-02-10 19:47:16 -0500

You need an educated opinion from your vet, this forum will be of little help to you. Best of luck and hope your pup heals quickly

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answered 2019-02-12 20:44:41 -0500

Congratulations on adopting a new member of your family. I am sorry to hear your Terrier had complications after his neuter surgery. Typically, neuter surgeries go really well, so I am really sorry to hear your experience is not starting off all that well.

This is something that you would want to talk to your Veterinarian about.

However, something you mentioned caught my attention. You mentioned that he was in a lot of pain, and when you put him on the grass he runs up to you to be picked up. Why do you think he is in a lot of pain? Normally when dogs are in pain they are not going to be running, and jumping up on you to be picked up. I am wondering if it is more that he is scared? Sometimes a new place, new surroundings can be scary for a dog and they don't want to go potty they just want to be in a safe place, which happens to be in your arms. (especially if you have been caring him around since adopting him) You are his safe zone, where he feels comfortable. I would recommend when you do put him in the grass, try to ignore him a little bit, turning your back to him, not picking him up right away. Encouraging him to sniff a little, letting him know that its okay, he's okay. (a grassy area where other dogs have already urinated in will also help him to want to urinate as well.) I would try that approach and see how he does.

Also make sure you are giving him his pain medication and antibiotics as prescribed. Keeping his mouth off of his surgery site. Signs that you are looking for that your pet is in pain would be not eating, not drinking, slow, doesn't want to get up or really move around, cries in pain, yelping, lethargic, ect. (Running and Jumping on you would not really be signs of pain. )

*Following up with Veterinarian would be highly recommended. *

Best of luck and congratulations again!

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answered 2019-04-02 11:45:55 -0500

The most common reason your dog is not peeing after surgery, spaying, or neutering, is often due to a reduced intake of water and pain or tenderness in the groin area. ... Why Your Dog Won't Pee With a Cone On. Urinary Tract Issues and UTI Symptoms in Dogs.

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