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Spaying Help & Reassurance

Daisy is going tomorrow to be spayed. I am completely freaking out (she's fine though). I have had dogs all my life and loved them all, but I can't even explain how much I love this girl. She wakes me up every morning and it makes me so happy just to see her little face to start my day. I look at her and am so thankful she is here. I brush her every day and clean her eyes, etc. It's like having a baby again and I love every second of it!

Hopefully that will explain a little why I am so dreading tomorrow. I can't stand the thought of leaving her at the vet office. I would stay with her until they put her out if they would let me and then wait right outside the door until it was done and hold her till she wakes up. I just don't want her to be scared and in pain and not be there for her. I have told them I don't want to leave her overnight and will take care of her at home even if that means staying up all night to watch her. They said I can take her as long as everything goes smoothly and she comes out of the anaesthesia fine. Now I am wondering if I should leave her there? Would she really be better off being there instead of at home. I don't want to do anything that would put her at risk, but I also don't want her to be traumatized and afraid.

I also would love any tips you all may have for after care. How long does it take for them to be back to normal? I have read about putting a onesie on them to prevent licking instead of a cone. Has this worked for anyone?

Thank you all so much for any help. I really appreciate it, and the fact that I can come here to air all these sappy thoughts and know I will be understood!

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Snowflake is at the vet now for her spay. It was hard to drop her off. I feel she's in good caring hands though. Daisy will be fine too. Good luck and maybe we can post pictures of our pups with the cone of shame!!
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Molly had a very easy time with her spay so try not to worry. I picked her up later that same day. She had the plastic cone on and was acting very tired when we picked her up. She got to eat and drink small amounts that evening. She was very unsure about moving around with the cone on so I removed it for her to potty and eat and drink. She slept fine with the cone on. By the next morning she had her energy back. Vet gave us three days of pain meds which I used. The hardest part was keeping her quiet for 7-10 days while she healed. I kept her on a leash in the house alot at first to keep her from running and jumping. Any time I was directly supervising her I left the cone off but she did sleep with it. After a few days I put her in a onesie instead of the cone during the day. Her stitches dissolved and the incision healed nicely. Good luck to your baby for a speedy recovery.



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Deep breath.... it will be fine. I had Mae spayed after she went through her first heat she was about a year old. She recovered relatively well physically but since she went through a heat she did experience a false pregnancy. She went home the same day and cuddled with us so I'm sure Daisy will be fine too. I'm pretty sure with anesthesia she won't remember a whole lot. Mae was actually pretty awake by the time I picked her up in the afternoon. One piece of advice I will give though is that I went through using the inflatable cone and onesie and I had matts galore. I finally ended up having Mae wear a belly band which covered her incision perfectly and since she was shaved on her belly no mats and combing out her back was not a big deal. Mae literally had three stitches just to give you a visual on how large the incision will be. Go and do something fun tomorrow instead of staying home worrying or start a big project at work to keep your mind busy! Enjoy the first couple days of Daisy being tired and rested you will have your hands full keeping her down for the next week or so!

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Truffles was back to her old self the next day. She didn't need a collar because the incision was very small and she was unable to reach it. They just removed her ovaries. Wishing Snowflake a speedy recovery!

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I would never leave my dog over night unless there was a medical necessity due to a complication. And then, I would ONLY leave them at a vet hospital that had a VET ON THE PREMISES over night. (not just a tech)

I am a firm believer that people and animals heal faster when they are home in their own familiar surroundings. If they need to be on IV's or oxygen then that's a completely different story… then they NEED to be hospitalized over night. But that shouldn't be the case with a normal spay or neuter.


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It will definitely be fine. I was a wreck but Sheba's went extremely well. Absolutely no problems. She wasn't interested in biting or licking her stitches and we didnt need a cone or onesie. No pain meds either. That being said, my vet did keep her overnight and afterwards, I kind of wished I'd kept her at home. They felt they could keep her quiet better than I could and maybe that was true. But I was up worrying anyhow. And after we picked her up, it took a while to get her used to going in a crate again. I think as a result of all the time she spent crated at the vets.

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I would never leave a dog overnight in a hospital where there is no supervision after my experience with Scout. Better to be at home safe and happy in their own surroundings.

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Snowflake14: How did she make out? Is she home now?

Thank you all for your words of encouragement. I'm sure she will be fine !
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Sassy had her spay about three months ago and she did great. She didn't have stitches her vet used the surgical glue. She also had three days of pain med which I gave her. After that just keeping her from jumping and running for the 7 to 10 days. I also used the leash inside and carried her up and down the stairs when she needed to go potty.

I'm sure your baby will be fine.
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