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Old 04-10-2014, 02:50 PM
 
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My six-month old female puppy is getting spayed tomorrow and I feel bad for her! What can I do to make the experience better and what should I expect when I bring her home? Thanks.
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Old 04-10-2014, 03:07 PM
 
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If all goes well, she should be fine. Make sure you get pain meds for her. Have her wear a cone for several days. Keep her quiet, no jumping or other strenuous activities.

I had three female siblings spayed in February. They were 4 months old. No issues at all. I think I have been lucky. I've spayed and neutered over 20 animals and all went well. Even feral cats that didn't have days of recovery time did fine. Good luck. Animals are very resilient. But I always get them pain meds.
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Old 04-10-2014, 03:14 PM
 
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If all goes well, she should be fine. Make sure you get pain meds for her. Have her wear a cone for several days. Keep her quiet, no jumping or other strenuous activities.

I had three female siblings spayed in February. They were 4 months old. No issues at all. I think I have been lucky. I've spayed and neutered over 20 animals and all went well. Even feral cats that didn't have days of recovery time did fine. Good luck. Animals are very resilient. But I always get them pain meds.

Thank you. Will I have to ask for the pain meds or is there something I should buy in advance? We take her home the same day. I just want her to be comfortable as she is my baby!
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Old 04-10-2014, 03:23 PM
 
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The vet should ask if you want them. It is usually an extra cost. The last four pups I had fixed were do e through SNAP, a low cost program and two days of meds were given out. That was a one day operation.

My latest foster went to a regular vet and spent the night. I prefer that, but with four pups needing fixed, can be pricy. Foster pup was over 500 bucks alone! Anyway, with both situations I had to review and sign permission forms. Vet's was more detailed.
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Old 04-10-2014, 04:41 PM
 
Location: Kansas
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With a 5 month old, no problem. She was just sleepy and we had to make sure she didn't chew anything open. No pain meds. We had an 8 year old spayed and it was the same. They just sleep, rest and never showed any pain. Over the years, we have probably had 7 spayed without incident and not showing any suffering.
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Old 04-10-2014, 06:42 PM
 
Location: North Western NJ
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1, get yourself a bottle of wine
2: drink a lass and try to relax...belive me YOU will be much more stressed than she will

females generally bounce back quicker than males...

if your picking he rup same day expect her to be sleepy the rest of the day...
by the enxt day shell likely be a little tender and may hav a bit of an upset tummy (anesthesia can do that to some dogs) but generally shell be back to relative normalness, (some dogs are back to 100% normalness much to their owners dismay, you ever tried to ekep a healing pupy quiet and calm when all it wants to do is run around like a crazy lunatic?
by day 3 most females are acting like nothing happened...

you need to:
watch the insicion site to check for redness swellin puss or odor,
try to prevent her from licking (a cone or a tshirt ect can help)
TRY to keep her calm and relaxed so she doesn't pop her stitches...many vets are now using surgical glue which is awesome, but even stirtches these days tend to be dissolving so theres typically very little aftercare...
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Old 04-10-2014, 07:14 PM
 
Location: Paradise
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When I brought my dog home from the shelter, he had just been neutered. He was so tiny, I bought newborn size onesies and cut a hole for his tail. He loved those little shirts! And he looked cute too boot. They also kept him from licking the incision site as it healed. I had to take them off before we would go out to potty, but he was interested in the smells outside so didn't lick then. When we got home, back on with the onesie!

If you feel like you have to do something "special" for her, wait a day or two (to make sure she's feeling better) and give her some boiled chicken and rice. Or a couple extra cookies.

And I totally agree with the bottle of wine for you! LOL
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Old 04-10-2014, 07:15 PM
 
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Thanks everyone. I feel better now. You're right that it's probably more stressful for me than her!

These are really great tips.

We live in NYC so we rented a car for the day to make sure it's a comfortable to/from for her. I'll let you know how it goes!
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Old 04-10-2014, 07:16 PM
 
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When I brought my dog home from the shelter, he had just been neutered. He was so tiny, I bought newborn size onesies and cut a hole for his tail. He loved those little shirts! And he looked cute too boot. They also kept him from licking the incision site as it healed. I had to take them off before we would go out to potty, but he was interested in the smells outside so didn't lick then. When we got home, back on with the onesie!

This is such a great idea!
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Old 04-10-2014, 07:44 PM
 
Location: Dallas TX
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We got our pup a blowup cone instead of the plastic one. It made a world of difference. The poor thing wouldn't stop crying. As soon as we pit that on her she went right to sleep.

This is probably not common! She came home with a wet head which I think had a lot to do with it.
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