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I.V. Fluids & spaying

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I brought Maddy in this morning to be spayed. I had the Blood chem panel done. They just called to say her ALT was higher than it was the first time we had it done, all the other values were normal and she is otherwise healthy! But she advised to have an I.V. during surgery. Just wondering if anyone else had an I.V. for spaying or neuturing?

I am thinking Maddy's Alt is higher right now because I had just reintroduced chicken in her diet and she had a reaction. Lots of itching the face and puffy eyes with a little hair loss around them. Her Vet said this could be the reason for the higher value and to recheck it in 3 months. I am just a BIT nervous! They keep her over night and I know her crate won't be as comfy as my bed! She does have her favorite blanket and toy though. I miss her already...

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I would do the I.V. In fact I had I.V. in the past with my other spayings. Only problem I see is shaving the leg to get the I.V. in and that is not an issue except for the look.

I am beginning to think Chicken is Smarty's foe in the scratching, my DH gave her some last night and today is is scratching her face.

I always bring my dogs home after surgery, unless your vet is there all night, I had rather have mine at home. Once they start to wake up you just need to keep them warm and make sure they don't get hurt trying to walk. I start giving them Chicken Noodle soup to get them hydrated and going to peepee. (there's that chicken again).

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I did go with the I.V. The Vet didn't mention shaving her leg for it! I hope she doesn't shave it with out telling me first. I think I'll give them a call right now!

I am bummed that Maddy can't tolerate chicken. I have excluded wheat or any grains other than brown rice as well. I am going to add turkey to her diet in a couple of months, I hope she does okay with that.

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I don't know how they would do an I.V. without shaving. Let me know what he says.

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They can shave a spot so small that you'd never notice it, but you have to ask! Otherwise they do the amount that is convenient for them and it can be a pretty big area that ends up getting shaved. Tell them you'd like as much coat preserved as possible.

I totally agree with Sandi about bringing the dog home that night unless they have overnight care (and supervision) in their facility. Most don't.
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Kubrick had an IV during his neuter. My vet told me it's just standard for him. He did get a very small area shaved to put the IV needle in and to tell you the truth, I didn't even notice it until I was brushing him a week or so later (you can't brush them after the neuter). Anyway, it's totally not noticeable.


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Inserting an IV is also my vet's standard practice, so both Nico and Desi had one when they were neutered. The area on the leg that was shaved was so small as to barely be noticeable.
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My vet has done IVs without shaving. She just pulls the hair back and finds the spot. I too would recommend if for surgery. Not only is it good to get fluids, they can get meds in a lot faster if needed.
I to this day still dont understand vets who keep them overnight for a spay! There is NOTHING that the vet is going to do for them, that you cant do at home. I know that my vet feels strongly that pets heal quicker when they are happy and with their family.

Can you call them and tell them you want her home tonight??

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Well I was to late in asking them to shave as little as possible. They have her in there right now. I asked about the over night care. And they said "well the girls stay here pretty late and there is a monitoring system to the vet who lives next door". Well, I am not going to leave her there over night! They are calling me back after the surgery is done. Thank you for bringing this to my attention! I never even thought the dogs were left alone all night!

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Beamer also had an IV during his neuter surgery. They shaves maybe a inch x inch spot that is not really noticable since the rest of the hair hang over the bald spot. hehe

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