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My little Sasha is being spayed today, and I am so nervous and worried about her! I know its something that needs to be done, but I so regret having to take her in for the procedure. She's seven months old, and I read that its better to do the procedure before her first heat. But still... Any tips or advice on how to help her heal when she comes home today?
 

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Poor Sasha and poor Sasha's mom. I'm sure she'll be fine but I understand your worry. Emmie was spayed at 7-8 months and when she came home I kept her comfortable with her favorite blankets and she laid on the couch looking sad and pathetic. I gave her the pain medicine the vet prescribed and luckily she didn't have any problems taking it and it helped her, but some forum members have said their dogs don't respond well to pain meds. I also used a baby onesie to keep her from licking her incision (you put it on backwards so the front of the shirt is on the dog's back and not the dog's belly) and that worked better than the cone of shame.

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Thanks guys! We're back home... and she's doing okay. Sleepy and sad looking, and she yelps a little bit when she moves around. I sat with her on the sofa, and now I have her in the crate. I'm so worried that I'm afraid I may be bothering her! She refuses food, but I did get her to take a pill (with some Pill pocket before and after). No licking yet, but I got the onesies. I'd never thought of pumpkin ... I'll get some just in case!
 

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We're back home... and she's doing okay. Sleepy and sad looking, and she yelps a little bit when she moves around. I sat with her on the sofa, and now I have her in the crate. I'm so worried that I'm afraid I may be bothering her! She refuses food, but I did get her to take a pill (with some Pill pocket before and after). No licking yet, but I got the onesies. I was so conflicted about having the procedure done. Now, I'm glad that it's over. But I'm looking forward to having her happy again. It's hard seeing her so sad...:boom:
 

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Glad to hear she's doing OK. Of course those sad eyes just slay you. Sasha should be happy again in 1-2 days so until then just continue to do what you're doing - keep her calm and comfortable, offer food, and make sure she's drinking water.

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I know its difficult on you when your puppy is in pain. Please let us know how she's doing and if the pumpkin and onesies help. Next month Jack is going to have to go in as well. He loves seeing the vet now. After the procedure that might be a different story.
 

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Sasha's Progress

Hi guys - Thanks for your support! It was a long night! I gave Sasha her pain medicine with a pill pocket. Still could only get her to eat a handful of treats. The onesie was perfect, but I ended up switching to the soft collar so she could freely use the potty. She seemed more back to normal once she was able to go to the bathroom. She was active this morning and eat a little food. Now, she's in her mid-day snooze... like normal! The puppy apartment came in handy last night, but no action this morning. It's really cold here this morning, and she didn't venture past the second step! But she hasn't gone since breakfast. The collar doesn't look too comfy, but I suppose I look like that on an airplane with my neck pillow! I plan to go back to the onesie when she wakes up. I'm so glad that I read up here because the vet said to come back and get a cone IF she licked at it. I can't imagine what the incision would be like today if I hadn't gotten the onesie and the soft collar to keep her from licking it all night. Thanks a million!

My only worry now is getting her to potty today... Perhaps pumpkin with the afternoon meds?
 

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Glad to hear Sasha was more back to normal today and that our suggestions on caring for your baby helped. :) You're a great fur mommy.

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Hi folks -
Pleased to report that one week later, Sasha is back to her normal self! We had two bumps along the way:
1. On the third day, all of a sudden she seemed to start dragging again. I called the Vet's office expressing concern. As I was pondering taking her in, the Vet called me and said to take off the collar. And instantly, she was back to being her old self!
2. I kept the onesie on her because she keeps trying to bite the stiches. I thought that I'd keep her onesies until we get the stiches out on Friday. But within two days of the secon new onesie, she got all matted up! Although I was afraid to making her uncomfortable and mess with the incision, I now combing / brushing / clipping her. One half done! Any suggestions to get the luster back in her coat? Everything in the onesie seems dry now!

(I ended up putting the collar back on when she starts messing with the stiches.)
Many thanks!
 
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