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Canine Behavior/behaviors after getting spayed.


my female 9 year old cocker spaniel was spayed 2 weeks ago. She is whiny all the time and clingy. she needs to be lying on top of our chests with me or my husband 24/7. also she is panting off and on day and night,and she is constantly  licking us.

I presume there was a reason for spaying this bitch at age 9?  (Mammary growths, pyometra, etc.?)

Surgery causes pain.  Pain can be associated with activities by a dog (climbing stairs, crossing thresholds, jumping up, even walking).  If the dog was not adequately medicated for pain immediately after surgery, she may have a conditioned fear response or have developed some generalized anxiety.  She also might have been spayed when estrogen was high, in which case behavioral results can be expected.

I don't know if I would trust a veterinarian who would do surgery of any sort without providing post surgical medication for pain (although s/he may have, this was a very brief question).  However, you should take your dog to the veterinarian for evaluation of cause.  And you should do so ASAP.

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