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post #1 of 44 (permalink) Old 07-24-2016, 05:04 AM Thread Starter
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Shama's getting spayed

Yesterday, our local club picnic was postponed until today. So today should be a really fun day for Shama, running around with a dozen or so other Havanese, including KarMar's Mario and Nino.

Then, tomorrow, Shama is getting spayed. (We waited until after her first heat as advised by our breeder and an agility trainer.)

Should I leave her bow in when I take her to the vet, or will they have to remove it anyway? (Not the bow seen in attached photo, which was taken on July 15.)

Our breeder said we can keep her in a human infant's onesie after the surgery so that she can't access her incision but is more comfortable than being in a cone. Has anyone tried that? (We already purchased a cone, so we don't need advice on that unless you think there's something we really need to know.) She weighs 6.8 pounds.

Any other advice for after the surgery? She will be kept overnight by our vet, and we'll bring her home on Tuesday.

No horror stories, please (unless you think there's something we really need to know). We're a little nervous, so thanks for your support.

(Our groomer said to request that her leg not be shaved to put in the IV. Not sure how much of her long coat will have to be shaved . . .)
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As far as the onesie goes, just make sure you put the chest part on her back. Then you leave the center snap undone and her tail will fit through there. Some dogs will still try to get to the incision through the onesie so just be aware of that. I still used the cone at night for the first few days because I was paranoid she would get to her incision while I was sleeping. When Shama has to go potty you can roll the onesie up onto her back. Also be sure to remove the onesie from time to time and comb her out, because they do cause matting.
Molly recovered from her spay very quickly. You mentioned that they will be keeping Shama overnight. I hope that someone will be on the premises with her. Otherwise, I would insist on taking her home where you can keep an eye on her. Try not to worry - she will do just fine!
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Mochi was spayed at around 6 months and we used a onesie instead of the cone. She got a lot of matts around the arm pits, but it worked well. Don't get a onesie that is too big and loose.

I can also compare my experience with a cone since Mochi just had Cherry eye surgery (around 9 months). Mochi got mats around her neck from the cone, and her ears don't get much air circulation. She was able to sleep and eat with the cone on, so it wasn't as bad as we thought. We did take the cone off each day to comb.

Our vet had to shave part of her paw, and it only grew back half in 2 months. Looking at Shama's long coat, you may not even notice the shaved paw since the other fur will still cover it. Mochi's fur wasn't as long.

So from my experience, I'd choose a onesie for a small puppy over a cone, but the dog is a bit bigger, then a cone works fine.

Good luck, I think we tend to worry too much.
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I told the vet I didn't want my girl's leg shaved right before she went in, and she said she was glad said something then (I'd told them before, but it's easy to not remember or forget to communicate with others) as it would have been as its simply easier for the vet techs. I used a onesie, but cut a hole out for the tail. I also took it off if I was around due to matting. Lola had an easy time of it, was back to herself in two days, and never tried to mess with her incision. I wish you the same.

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Wishing Shama an uneventful surgery and quick recovery from her spay.



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Nino sends his well wishes to his new friend Shama! Hoping everything is a breeze and she bounces back to her sweet self in no time.

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We had a good time at the North Star Havanese Club picnic yesterday. We got to meet KarMar and Nino as well as njsmommy and Jango (see pictures below). There were a total of 16 Havanese there, so it was really fun. Last night, it took me about three hours (watching TV the whole time and taking breaks from the work/torture) to get the mats out of Shama's coat.

Thank you, Diane, seesawhavanese, and boomana, for your replies to my post yesterday.

We'll pick up some onesies today. We'll try to get cute ones then post pictures of her in both her cone and her onesies.

We dropped her off at 7:30 this morning. They said they would hopefully not need to shave for the IV. They said we could leave her bow in.

She is the only one scheduled for surgery today so will have a very quiet place to sleep overnight. The surgeon will look in on her at 10 or 11 PM, but then she'll be alone until 7 AM tomorrow. We think that, between her high activity level yesterday and her surgery today, she'll sleep the whole time. She is used to sleeping in a crate in a room down the hall from us, and we really like everyone at our vet's office (i.e., feel confident about her surroundings), so we think she'll be OK. The vet did say we could take her home at 5 PM today if we promised to keep her calm, but we do like the idea of the medical team checking on her again in the morning.

(Experienced people, do you think I should take Shama to her practical obedience class on Wednesday morning at 9:30? I was originally planning not to, but the head trainer said I should be able to bring her and just maybe not partake in all of the activities. There is no jumping, however, only the occasional run when we practice recalls. I was thinking maybe I'd just bring her in a onesie . . .)

I'll let you know what happens!
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I would take my vets advice on the class. My vet said no running or jumping for 7-10 days after spay. She also may still be getting a dose of pain killer on Wednesday morning and may not feel up to all the commotion.
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Love those photos

As far as obedience class goes, I would hold off altogether or only go to watch. Nino went to his run through only a couple hours after we picked him up from his tooth extraction, but the only thing we had to worry about for that was effects of anesthesia (given how non-invasive it was), which he wasn't feeling. A spay is one of the more invasive procedures, so she will probably be feeling it for awhile. I don't know how your classes are run, but just watching can be beneficial in some cases

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That is just the cutest picture of Shama with her red, white and blue bow! Truffles was spayed in the morning and came home that afternoon. I gave her pain medication around 10 pm. She slept all evening and until the next morning. The next morning she was back to normal. I really had to watch her because she wanted to play with Scout. I carried her up and down the stairs for a week. I was fortunate because she never touched the incision. I did ask the vet not to shave her leg. You might ask if someone will be watching her at night. Maybe I shouldn't say this, but I would feel better bringing her home it no one is there to monitor her.
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