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Saydee Baby gets spayed tomorrow

Should I give her a bath before she goes? She's just about due for her bathing and smells an awful lot like salmon... I just wonder if I should wait until she's recovered, 'cause you know they stink even worse when they come back from the vet.

I've still got to go get a onesie, but does anybody have any other tips for keeping her comfortable when I bring her home in the evening? Do you just cut a hole for the tail and then take it off every time they need to potty?

How do you let them pee without getting their sutures/belly soaked? Our wet grass just wicks up Saydee's hair!

I know this sounds shallow, but is there an alternative to completely shaving around the front leg in order to draw blood, etc? I've worked so hard on that beautiful coat...

Any other tips would be appreciated. My baby's going to surgery so I'm a little anxious.

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Poor baby!! We will be thinking about her & you!!

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I am sure she will do just fine with her surgery! We will be thinking of her.
Yes, I would give her a bath before she goes. You won't be able to bath her again until her stitches come out, usually 10-14 days.
Plus if you have her wear a onesie, she will prob get pretty matted.
You can also ask her vet to shave as little as possible. I know when Daisy and Jester had surgery earlier this year, the vet was able to do it without shaving their leg at all (she shows her dogs too and understands the importance of keeping a show coat)~ but a different vet that I used shaved a small 1 inch square when they did Mouse's surgery. It doesn't hurt to ask!


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Oh Maya, I feel for you! I was a wreck when Scooter went in but it all turned out ok! They shaved a small spot on his leg for the IV but that was all, he looked a bit like a poodle with the bald spot.

Scooter didn't mat from the onesie but he did from the inflatable collar. Just put the onesie on backwards and you can snap it on her back, her tail will go right through the hole where the snaps are. When he went out we unsnapped it, rolled it forward and snapped it from underneath him up around his neck. You'll see what I mean when you do it, very simple really. We used his leash while he was recovering so kept him in a small area for potty time and didn't really get wet. I'd keep a towel around to dry her off if necessary.

Good luck to you both tomorrow!!!

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Maya, I know how worried you must be! Saydee will be just fine, I'm sure, and I wish her a quick recovery.

As to your questions, I think Katie answered them very well, so I'll leave it at that.


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You already got great advice. There's no need to shave a leg for an IV. If they can't find a vein they can wet the fur and part it to find one without shaving fur.
I'm not a fan of Rymidal (probably spelled wrong) for pain and I'd ask if there's anything else you can give her. She'll heal faster when not in pain according to my vet. I used low dose aspirin but that was on a 60 pound standard poodle. I didn't have to use a shirt on her and she left the stitches alone. She also went through a horrible time with the spay (there's a thread about it somewhere on here) and it scared the heck out of me. Don't freak out, she's not the norm. Most spays are pretty easy on a dog.
You're going to be cleaning the stitches so just clean her after she's on wet grass, and yes, I'd give a bath before the spay because the stitches are going to be in a while.

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Scooter was given Metacam for swelling and it helped with pain. We bought gauze and just poured warm water from a cup over him and then dried the stitches with the sterile gauze.

I'd definitely do a bath, we couldn't wait to bathe him when it was all over! And don't forget to brush her when you take off the onesie. We didn't and now he's matted so he's going to get groomed tomorrow.

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Sophie's was done at about 7 mo. She did fine! I asked them to shave the bare minimum on her belly, it wasn't too bad. She came back with a dazed vacant stare, kinda funny...but was back to her old self the next day. I gave up trying to make her rest, I just let her go and prayed everything would hold together. I never even used the pain meds and healed very quickly. Hopefully Saydee will do just as well!

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I bathed Roxie and made sure she was totally brushed out before the spay. She didn't want to be brushed anywhere for days afterwards. I gave Roxie all the pain meds they allowed as much to keep her quiet as anything else. Keeping her from jumping around was the hardest part for me.... but she's an active little nut-head!

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Thank you so much everybody for all the great advice!

I think I will hold off putting on the onesie unless she's tryng to lick because it sounds like the matting may not be worth it. If I do use it, I'll do as you said Ann, and put it on backward and snap around the neck for potty time - nice tip!

She'll definately get a bath today!!! I had forgotten since my last female dogs, how it can take quite a while for the stitches to heal. I don't want her stinking like both salmon AND surgery for 2 weeks! Yech. Plus, I want to get in lots of "low odor snuggle time" if she'll have it.

I'll also be the usual aggressive psycho dog mom when I take her in because I'm going to ask them to shave as little as possible. They used to shave my maltese in a 2 inch strip all the way around the leg and she'd have a big tuft on the end and it would take months to grow back in... grrrr...

Thank you Jan for the tip on Rimadyl. I'll be a pain (stupid pun) and ask for an alternative if possible. I wonder if baby aspirin might help. Ann, is Metacam just for the swelling of boy parts?

Man! I'm getting stressed out. With my doggie track record this year... Every time these little angels go in for a procedure you know there's a risk... I just couldn't bear it... I really couldn't.

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