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How Much Hair Loss Due to Spaying?

Probably a silly question in the scheme of things; but how much hair does the Vet usually shave when spaying? I hate to go through all this brushing, combing, conditioning, etc., and have a half shaved dog returned. Might as well get a puppy cut before hand. Also, how much matting will there be? Rosie is blowing coat, some matts under arms--don't mind the belly area shaved--I have been cutting those out. They don't show and why torture her. She is not going to be a show dog. But the leg area is so pretty, I would hate to start over.

Also, She has a place on the top of her head where the skin just seemed to split a little bit, about 1/3" long, more like a skined place. I am not doing the top-knot until it heals. This is the second time it has happened. Is this normal?
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Also, She has a place on the top of her head where the skin just seemed to split a little bit, about 1/3" long, more like a skined place. I am not doing the top-knot until it heals. This is the second time it has happened. Is this normal?
We neutered, but my understanding is only the underneath is shaved for the spay. You can ask your vet to wet the arm with rubbing alcohol and separate the hair for the I.V. Some vets will do that if you ask instead of shaving a spot.

The head thing doesn't sound normal at all. Do you have a picture of what you mean?
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No picture. I am tech-challenged. It bled a little then nothing. The first place has no hair growing back and I don't know about what will happen with this place. It just seems that her skin is paper thin on the top of her head where a baby's soft spot would be. I am going to get her appt for spaying next week and hopefully the vet will know.
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I asked them to shave the minimal amount they could for Gabby's spay. It's growing back in just fine. I didn't notice any shaving on the leg.
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Lola did not have any noticeable shaving because there isn't much hair on the belly where they do the surgery. Beware, however, that some vets shave a good portion of the leg where they put in the IV. I remember reading spay threads that said everything from half the leg was shaved, to vets who specifically did not feel the need to shave around the IV. It might depend on how long the hair is on the legs. And how much your vet feels like the hair could cause complications or infection around the IV site. If you tell them it is important to you that it not be shaved, they will discuss the reasons with you. But as we have found, all this grows back quite quickly.

The other issue is how you are going to keep her from licking or scratching. I put Lola in a baby onesie and it worked great to keep her away form the stitches. However, she got really matted around the arms and neck of the onesie. If you are going to use the collars then it won't matter.

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If you are going to use the collars then it won't matter.
Oh yes it will! If your girl is already matting, she could get some nasty mats around her neck and behind her ears. Make sure to comb through that area each day and she should be fine.

On the head splitting thing, just a thought, but do you have a cat? Maybe she got scratched?
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No cat. It is truly a poser. The first time I noticed it was the first week I got her and we had a major flea infestation--breeder said they didn't come from her. Maybe not. Anyway, After a trip to the vet for frontline, they looked at it an put it down to the fleas, and said the hair would grow back. Well it didn't and she has this bald spot about the size of a small dime; but the rest of her hair covers it now. Now another one and no fleas--this time I am sure! Anyway no top-knot. Her hair will just have to be in her face.
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No cat. It is truly a poser. The first time I noticed it was the first week I got her and we had a major flea infestation--breeder said they didn't come from her. Maybe not. Anyway, After a trip to the vet for frontline, they looked at it an put it down to the fleas, and said the hair would grow back. Well it didn't and she has this bald spot about the size of a small dime; but the rest of her hair covers it now. Now another one and no fleas--this time I am sure! Anyway no top-knot. Her hair will just have to be in her face.
Really odd! Maybe crawl the floor on her level and see if there is something she scrapes on getting under a table or chair? A scratch on the head or face and the hair isn't coming back? My minds eye just sees "cat" lol! Does a neighbor have a cat that roams in your yard? OK no cat then. I'll be curious to hear what the vet has to say!
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They shaved very little of Smarty's stomach. Galen was another story, different vet, she had a very bad haircut and quite a bit shaved off the lower areas when we got her. Just now starting to get some length.

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What about neutering? Do they shave them at all for that? I'll check with them about the IV line... I'd prefer that they take off the least amount of hair possible. Hi coat is beautiful, and I don't want it hacked.


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