Oh my god. I cannot believe they sent him home as if he had a *^&%$! neuter!! Please PM me who did this surgery and where the referral came from. I am utterly shocked at this approach as is one of the leading neurologists familiar with this condition who does many of these surgeries annually and always keeps the dogs in intensive care for at least a week afterwards!
This is such a serious surgery and there should be strict guidelines for keeping the dog calm and quiet -- either confined down to a small area or (the advice of most neurologists is crated for at LEAST 3-4 weeks post-op), only tiny walks. The whole surgery can fail if the dog is out running around. The inital 3 month recovery period is crucial.
I'd recommend reading this:
This is from Dr Clare Rusbridge's document on post-op care. I know she often keeps dogs for 10 -14 days post op in hospital:
From Rod Russell's Cavalierhealth.org:What post surgery drug treatment would you advise?
Dogs are hospitalised until comfortable enough for morphine-like-drugs to be discontinued and then discharged on a combination of non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (e.g. Rimadyl) and gabapentin (Neurontin). This is withdrawn when the dog is comfortable (about 2 weeks in most cases).
Surgery to allow the cerebrospinal fluid to flow normally may be necessary to reduce the pain and deterioration. However, such surgeries are technically difficult and should be performed only by specialists.
Also see: http://www.cavalierhealth.org/syring...htm#--_surgery