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we brought my 3 1/2 month puppy in to get spayed around 9 and the vet said her heart stopped beating and had to give shots to revive her when we picked her up at 3. They said this could be due to heart or liver problems or side affects of the anesthesia. she has been drowsy and continually sleeping we have tried to feed her and give her water but she wont take it willingly so we forced it down her throat. we also gave her the pain medicine. We called the people who did it and they said to give her sugar water but thats it. We are worried about her and think we should go to an E.R/ emergency room. Please help its been about 8-10 hours.

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Well it's never advisable to pick up a spay the same day as the surgery. They should be allowed to recover under the watchful eyes of the vet and the technicians there at the hospital. So right there, their policy that allows that isn't right.

She is SUPPOSED To be drowsy etc after surgery and that can last for up to 15 hours.
However, the next day she should be up and about but she might have some pain issues, although that isn't common.

If she is indeed still sluggish then I would take her back into your vets today and have them do a workup on her and find out what the problem is.

If you don't trust your vet then find another one. There are plenty of good vets out there but also some not so great ones. Ask your families friends where they go and recommend.

Word of mouth really works. Since I am not sure when you sent this- I just got it, please let me know if she is still this way or better now.  

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PLEASE READ BEFORE SUBMITTING TO ME: I am NOT a vet and do NOT diagnose diseases. That is only for a licensed Veterinarian to do. I will give you suggestions and steer you toward calling your vet for help. You can call the vet's office and talk to the technician there or the vet at times. Don't be afraid to call them! If you have a serious issue with your pet please post it to one of the veterinarians in here- I will tell you the same thing in my answer. IF your pet is injured or in an emergency situation, CALL YOUR VET- Do not wait and post in here. Just call the vet's office and get them in to see the vet right away. Critical treatment time is lost if you seek answers here when you should have your precious pet at the vets!! Don't sit at home waiting for an answer when your pet is critically ill or injured!! I can answer most questions about small animal and wildlife care as well as small animal nutrition. I can also answer questions about all phases of dental care for small animals. I DO NOT answer questions about birds (unless it is wildlife or songbirds) or HAMSTERS/GERBILS/CHINS/GUINEA PIGS/REPTILES/FROGS/RABBITS/PET BIRDS OF ANY KIND so please submit these questions to the appropriate sections. I, as well as other experts in here, do NOT do homework questions- that is for YOU to do! Please respect these rules for all of us. Thanks!

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I have over 35 years experience in the field of veterinary medicine. I specialized in small animals and did wildlife rehab for over 25 years, mostly raptors, squirrels and opossums. I am a Small Animal Nutritional Consultant with 6 certificates from Hills Pet Foods, CNM and Purina. I also specialized in Small Animal Dentistry which is a field I truly love.

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