My 11 month old foster doodle Molly was spayed last Thursday. I have not been responsible for a newly spayed dog for almost 20 years and don't remember what is normal and what is cause for concern. She has not had a bowel movement since the morning of the surgery three days ago.
At that time she had been experiencing a bout of severe diarrhea from the stress of losing her home combined with a radical change in diet...I switched her immediately from Walmart crap kibble (which I could not have in my home) to Jack's Orijen.
Post-op, the vet told me to feed her half kibble and half plain boiled rice to treat the diarrhea. He also gave me metronidazole for it. The post-op instructions said that during the first 24 hours post-op, it was normal for the dog to not have a BM.
Well, it has been 72 hours, and no poop. I discontinued the rice and the meds after the first 36 hours, as they are obviously not needed. Molly has not been eating much since she got here, even before the surgery, which is normal for a displaced dog. But since the surgery she is eating even less. She also has to have her activity level restricted, and this can certainly slow down normal bowel function. She was somewhat gassy last night. She is taking water and peeing, and she seems to feel all right; she wants to run & play with Jack. but I am very worried about the pooping and of course it's the weekend, so I can't contact the vet.
Can anyone tell me if they experienced this with their dogs after spay surgery? Is it normal for a dog to go this long post-op without a BM? Do we need to go to the emergency vet?