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Question Advice for Upcoming Spay Surgery

Lola is going in for her spay surgery on Tuesday. Do you have any advice on how I can ease her post-surgery time? I have seen pics of Havs in a onesie to cover the stitches. And I also need to be sure to continue brushing her to avoid super matting . Anything else? This is all new to me, so I want to be sure I am prepared to help her through recovery.
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I tried the onesie with Jillee but she would not move at all. Every dog is different though she may not mind it. Just make sure you don't let her lick around the area. Jillee just layed around when she came home. I felt like she new what would hurt her and if something did hurt then she would not do it again. As for brushing just be gentle and she may like it becasue she can cuddle with you as you brush her. She will be back to herself in no time. I think it was harder on me than it was on her. Keep us posted!!!

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When we had a spay or neuter on one of our babies, I was the one that was upset. All of our pups did great, by the day after they were really getting back to their old selves. With the girls we were told not to let them lick the incision, Shailee was the only one that tried. I got out the Neosporin triple antibiotic ointment and put that on the incision, it tastes bad and she never tried again. I was amazed how quick they recovered. The vet told us not to let them run around for 10 days. There was no stopping them, 24 hours later they were running. I just fiqured if it hurt they would stop.
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Depending on the dog, they will either be fine or be very sensitive. I had one of each. Just give them their meds, be gentle, and let them be. I think dogs have that instinct that makes them lay low when they need to. Don't let her jump, or RLH, even though she probably will not want to. Also, if you have any questions after she is home, call your vet.

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I guess they are all different. Tessa may be unusually sensitive but it was 6 days before she was back to her old self. She didn't want to cuddle and would sometimes go off and hide to be alone (or to try and lick stitches). Give the pain meds they send home even if you think she doesn't need them. Dogs often don't show pain; it's a survival instinct. She was so miserable there was no way I could have brushed her.

The onesie worked perfectly for her. It hung loose so didn't rub on her stitches. If you use it don't forget to cut a tail hole. And oh yeah, tell anyone else in the household there are no potty holes, it has to be unsnapped and rolled up! (DH discovered this the hard way, lol!)

Oh, and good luck, keep us posted as to how she is doing.

And if they don't have overnight supervision (and most vets don't) I wouldn't let her stay. I brought Tessa home late afternoon and the first night she slept the whole time anyway. This way she was at least close to her humans. I kept her crate on the sofa beside me on the sofa in the evening, then crated at night like usual.

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I just wanted to add re: brushing, that my vet told me no brushing at ALL until either the stitches are out (if you're using real stitches) or for 10 days if you're using the ones that dissolve. You can pull too hard and end up either pulling a stitch out or causing Lola pain. I wouldn't attempt it if I were you. Yes, the mats sucked to get out afterwards, but at least I knew that I wasn't hurting him.

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Red face Thanks everyone

I feel so much better just having all this information to anticipate what may be coming in the next few days.

Lola is such an alpha girl - it will be tough to see her drugged up - although that is how she is after a day at doggie playcare!

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Oh, that's great advice about avoiding brushing, Carolina!

I already wrote to Anne privately (since I didn't know what to do about that #6000 post), but I'll post it here too:
My advice would be to make sure she is freshly bathed before she goes in (and blowed dry, if you are doing it at home) to help with the grooming post-op.

On the veterinary side, make sure your veterinarian is doing the pre-op bloodwork to make sure everything is OK. Make sure the anesthesia used is either Isoflurane or Sevoflurane, and that they keep an IV in her during surgery. (Here is a thread where we talked about this before if you'd like to read other opinions - Anesthesia & IV's -

Make sure she has a safe place to recover where she cannot do any jumping for the first couple of days. A wire crate is really nice for this because she can see out, and if you end up using an e-collar, she can still move around in it. An ex-pen set-up is OK, but if she tries to jump up to get your attention, she can injure herself.

When she needs to eliminate after surgery, I'd recommend putting her on a leash, even if you have a fenced yard. That will prevent her from running or jumping if she is feeling really good right after surgery. (Some of these girls have an amazing tolerance for pain and can injure the surgery site.) Your veterinary staff should teach you how to carry her when you go to pick her up. If not, ask them to show you.

For you, try to mentally prepare yourself for a very sad, druggy-looking girl for a day or so. (Tessa's spay thread may help for this.)

Lastly, I would recommend that you don't change her diet or add any new or rich treats. Last thing you and she will need post-op is to deal with a butt bath.

That's all that comes to mind right now. Good luck to you and Lola!
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Keep us posted on how things are going. I understand your concerns as I'm taking Athena in to be spayed tomorrow. It was good to read this. Thanks everyone.
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Red face Stoned puppy

Well, Lola is home from her vets, 2 hours now, and she is completely stoned. She has moved a few times, basically stands up, and then stands there like a stone for 10-15 minutes. Head hanging down, so sad. But the good news is she has peed twice. Not interested in water or food. They told me to give her meds at 8:30, but I can't imagine how I'd get her to take them, even as small as they are. Maybe if the shot of meds they gave her wears off, and she gets incision pain, she'll begin whining, and then I'll know she's OK. I'd welcome a whine at this point.

Kimberly, you were right to warn me about my reaction, more than hers. I just want to help her!

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