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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 11-20-2008, 08:26 PM Thread Starter
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Nervous about procedure

Hello. My Junie is going to the vet to be spayed tomorrow. I am very nervous about this. The vet says that while an over night stay is recommended, some people sign a release and take thier dogs home the same day. I would very much like to bring her home same day because she will be so much more relaxed here. She will never sleep at the vet. Has anyone been through this, what did you choose to do...and what can I expect from her the same day as the operation? I sure would appreciate your feedback. Thanks!
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Many vets request that their patients spend the night even when nobody is on site to watch them. Perhaps you will want to find out if anybody will be on site the night of surgery. My 2 both came home around 4-5 PM after their spay and neuter. They did fine, although they were quite subdued. I did have the emergency vet # available in case of emergency.
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For one of my dogs, I let him stay overnight, but my vet does have one person on staff that stays overnight to monitor the animals. I knew this particular dog would do better staying overnight away from our other dogs. For any of my other dogs that gone through spay or neuter, I have brought them all home so I can monitor them and sleep on the floor near them on that first night.
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Every pet I have had spayed/neutered, has always come home the same day. I bring them first thing in the a.m. and pick them up early evening. I have never had a problem with them coming home same day. We'll be sending good thoughts Junie's way tomorrow.

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I brought Izzy home with me. She did great.

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Im probably being overly concerned about a routine procedure, but she is my baby. I will ask about the overnight situation at the vet, but I think I will be bringing her home. I will wait as late as they are open so my kids are nearly in bed, that way they wont get her riled up.

One more quick question, does anyone happen to know if the option for a "laser incision" is worth the extra money or is it just a way to add cost? They say the bleeding is less, but some part of me is skeptical because I think the incision will be tiny.

Thanks for the responses!
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I totally understand where you are coming from . When I had Marley neutered my regular vet wanted to keep him overnight and I was totally against that and I was a nervous wreck. They do have a staff person there, but not sitting right with him and doting on him as I'd be able to, so I ended up taking him to another clinic that let me bring him home that night. When I picked him up I asked the staff if they were sure they had actually done anything on him because he was just as lively and happy as when I had dropped him admittedly a male's neuter is easier than a female's spay, but I do think that the comfort of being in your regular environment and surrounded by your family helps.
Marley had the basic traditional snip, not sure about the laser.

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I brought Caya home the same day as her spay. Her vet required an overnight stay as well, but there was no one on sight to watch her so I opted to pick her up. I totally agree with you--I would bring her home later that evening. She will be much happier and more comfortable at home with you. And, I was just as nervous as you, and Caya did fine. I will send good thoughts your way tomorrow!

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I do wonder what the reasoning is with the vets that want to keep the animals over night, yet they don't have staff there with them? Doesn't that sort of defeat the purpose of catching it if something is wrong? Am I missing something?

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I hear you Kirsten...

Perhaps I over-identified with my little female. With Riki it was easy, I was fearful he would mark so I got the neuter done quick.

With Daisy, my tiny girl, it seemed so awful. I still don't know why everything has to be removed...perhaps someone could tell me why we can't just tie the tubes. Anyway, I was worried and I agonized.

She actually went into her first heat at seven months. It wasn't even bad and I figured I could learn to live with it. But all the male dogs she came in contact with made her crazy jumping on her or chasing her around even when she wasn't in cycle. Daisy is a shy dog, and this made things worse. So for her sake, I had the spay...and then the male dogs left her alone. At the time we were attending regular havanese classes with intact male and female dogs as well as those who were fixed.

I sent Riki to our friend's house (they have another male havanese, Daisy's brother) for a week so he wouldn't chase her or make her run around. She stayed at the vets because they said she was very sleepy but she stayed the night. Then I took her home and she seemed absolutely fine except for having to wear that cone! I had to struggle with her not to get her to jump up on me or the furniture. I couldn't believe how quickly she recovered.

Her only stress was looking for Riki, but other than that, it went off without a hitch. I worried for nothing. She has been fine ever since. No male dogs bother her. Even though she does try to dominate Riki from time to time herself.

Relax, breathe, and know that it will all be okay!

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