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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-05-2009, 03:51 PM Thread Starter
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So many of you new members have puppies that will be spayed shortly, I thought it would help to share some advice Kimberly "Havtahava" shared with me before Lola was spayed. I knew none of this information and it helped me greatly.

From Kimberly:

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.

The other excellent advice I got on here was to use a baby onesie to cover the incision so she would not get to licky with it. She did wear an infant onesie, with a hole for the tail. I still used a command "no licky" quite often during the week after surgery. She knew just what I meant!

Good luck to all who are facing this - we all did it and came through fine!

---Little Lola a.k.a. Princess Pee and Poop and her humom Anne

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Wonderful advice Anne!

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Thanks so much for this information Anne. This is so helpful! Furley got neutered today (poor pup looks so sad). Lana will be spayed in 3 mos. and this is great information to know now and later on for her surgery.
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Hi Furley's Mom~ over on Heath's thread, we have all been wondering about how Furley is doing!! Please come over and post, and how about some pix!!!

and HEATH-Y, TOO !
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What a heaven-sent post. I will be approaching this very, very soon so this has been so helpful. Keeping her quiet and calm will be my biggest challenge. Thank you for such helpful, wonderful advice. Things I never thought of, especially the preop grooming. As in the recent neuters, I will be so glad to have this all behind me.

I remember having my felines neutered/spayed simultaneously. They both felt "under the weather" at the same time...but so, so long ago.

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Great advice!!! My Pixie was spayed last Thursday and got her stitches out today. Boy, am I glad that's over !!!!! She was very quiet and lazy Friday and Saturday but on Sunday she started coming around and wanted to play. Luckily she only licked her stitches and we avoided the Bitenot collar we had purchased. We told her "Leave the boo-boo" and after a few times she would just stop. Our vet was great and pulled her last baby tooth and clipped her nails while she was under for a grand total of $151. Thanks for all the great advice!!!

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