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QUESTION: I have read your bio. I agree to read and rate your response fairly within 3 days."

The dog I am writing about is a foster dog. He is a 4 year old Basset Hound.  We had him a few days and there were no issues with him peeing in the house.  We took him to get neutered 2 days ago and since then every time we leave (When we are not home him and our other dog (a 2 year old spayed Basset Hound) stay in their own bedroom where there is a kennel and a dog bed) he pees all over the dog room.  There are drops of pee all over the room and a spot where he pees quite a bit.  We know it is him and not our other dog since the first time it happened, our dog was in her kennel with the door shut and latched.  After this happened again, we decided to try and put the foster dog in the kennel.  This did not work at all, He somehow managed to unlatch one of the bottom locks on the kennel and fought his way out of the kennel then peed all over the room again.  Before he was neutered, he had no problem being in the room.  He only pees in that room when we are not home.  At night, he sleeps in our room on his bed on the floor and does not have any issues. We always take him outside and make sure he pees before he goes into the dog room.  There is a good chance he will be adopted out in a week or two and as much as we love having him here because he is a real sweetheart, we do not want him to miss out on a good home because of this.  Thank you so much in advance for any advice you have on this!

ANSWER: Hello, Jen,

Thanks for taking the time to peruse my bio, and for submitting your question to me.

Before I answer, I have a few questions:

1.  What anesthesia(s)/sedatives was/were used in sedating your dog for the neutering?

2.  What medications is your foster dog taking post-surgery?

3.  How long was the foster dog in your care before neutering?

4.  Did the dog show any signs of separation distress when you left him alone prior to neutering?

5.  How long was he at the vet's for the surgwry, before and after?  Did he stay overnight?

Please list all medications in questions 1 and 2.  Thanks!

Madeline Friedman, M.A.

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QUESTION: 1.  What anesthesia(s)/sedatives was/were used in sedating your dog for the neutering?  They did not say specifically what they used but when I picked him up, they said he was still very groggy. I have checked the paperwork they gave me but it is not listed.  While he was there, they also gave him a distemper and a rabies shot. They also gave him a teeth cleaning and microchipped him.

2.  What medications is your foster dog taking post-surgery?
He is on rimadyl(carprofen) 75 mg 2x a day.

3.  How long was the foster dog in your care before neutering? We had him three days before getting him neutered.

4.  Did the dog show any signs of separation distress when you left him alone prior to neutering? He whined a little bit when we got home if we did not get to the bedroom quick enough to let him out.  Now the only way he will go in there is if he is coaxed in with a treat.  

5.  How long was he at the vet's for the surgwry, before and after?  Did he stay overnight?  He was dropped off at the vet at 7 am.  They called me at 1 PM and said the surgery went well and that I could pick him up after 4 PM.  I brought him home at 5 PM the same day.

Please list all medications in questions 1 and 2.  Thanks!

Hi, Jen,

Thanks for finding out that information and relaying it to me.

Propofol can cause low blood pressure, which can lead to increased thirst.  If your foster Basset is drinking more this could be one cause of the increased urination.  You should speak with your vet for more information on how long this effect could last if, indeed, the propofol is the culprit or one of the culprits.

One of the side effects of Rimadyl is increased thirst and urination.  You should speak with the prescribing veterinarian about this possible side effect.

I asked about the anesthesia because there's one about which I was concerned, which is actually a PRE-anesthesia called acepromazine, or ACE for short.  Find out if your foster basset was given ace at any time during his vet visit.  

HOWever, all that being said, from what you've written, it appears to me that your foster Basset is suffering from separation anxiety (the crate escapes, the whining when you leave, the reluctance to go into the room unless coaxed with a treat before you leave, and the fact that there aren't problems when you're home overnight).

The vet visit so soon after being in a new home could have worsened any separation anxiety he was already experiencing.  Since you've only had him barely a week, an increase in anxiety due to separation, or the degree to which he had separation issues before you fostered him, may be difficult for you to gauge.  Is there anyone you could speak to at the shelter/rescue who might know if separation anxiety has been an ongoing issue for him, and, if so, if it may have worsened?

As for pre-anesthetics, if he was given acepromazine, this may have been a contributor to the anxiety.  For some dogs, surgery at the vet under general anesthesia, the sights sounds, smells, containment, not feeling well and acepromazine as pre-anesthesia, if it was used, can be traumatizing.  Ace in particular causes trauma in many dogs because, while they can hear, smell, see and experience everything going on around them and being done TO them, they are virtually paralyzed wtih ace and are unable to respond.  Ace does NOT reduce anxiety, so being aware but beng unable to respond is tortuous for many dogs with often lasting effects of trauma, which certainly could cause an increase in separation problems.  Think of that recent horror/thriller movie where a man who was not anesthetized went through open heart surgery, and he was unable to convey that he was awake.  That is how I imagine dogs on ace must feel.

Even if he wasn't given ace, it appears that the vet visit might have been a stress overload for him and that he may be responding to that stress.  Whether the increased anxiety on his part is temporary or permanent is hard to say, but it seems the vet visit combined with a new home has left him feeling quite insecure. Those are a lot of changes for any dog to handle.

As to whether the propofol could still be having an effect, you'll need to ask your vet.  As well, ask if acepromazine was used.

Separation problems can be resolved, but take time and commitment.  Two good books which can help you are Patricia McConnell, Ph.D.'s, "I'll Be Home Soon," and Roger Abrantes's "Separation Problems in Dogs."  Both lay out easy-to-follow and effective plans for reducing and resolving separation anxiety in dogs.  Check for other titles on separation anxiety in dogs.

As well, a professional dog trainer well-versed in working with behavior issues such as separation anxiety can be a huge help and give you tips for managing a dog with separation anxiety and keeping him safe while the issue is being addressed.

Also speak with your vet, as Clomicalm is a medication used to treat dogs with separation anxiety in conjunction with behavioral modification with a professional.  Your vet may prescribe it for your foster Basset and can tell you what you can expect and in what time frame.

Feel free to follow-up if you need to.  I hope I've given some food for thought and helped.

Best regards,
Madeline Friedman, M.A.
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