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#1 Kadar

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Posted 19 September 2018 - 11:33 AM

I am not looking forward to going through this at all. Sophie, our 9 month old little girl, will be dropped off at the vet tomorrow morning and we will pick her up the following morning. She has never spent the night away from us and I know this whole experience will be very traumatic for her. Being in pain and in a strange place is pretty scary for anybody. I know she will be fine but wondered if anyone has any suggestions.

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Posted 19 September 2018 - 01:30 PM

I know it's hard, but remember - she'll be drugged, and will heal amazingly fast. Do your best not to feel sorry for her - that will just add to her distress. Be calm and matter of fact. When Frankie got spayed the biggest problem, (other than managing my own distress:), was keeping her from running around and tearing out her stitches. She felt fine as soon as the drugs wore off - about two days. Be prepared with lots of food games and chew toys:) Also, since they're keeping her overnight, she will be zonked during that part of the experience. You'll be picking up a pretty sleepy pup along with some pain meds. to take home. Blessings, Berta

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Posted 19 September 2018 - 02:06 PM

Great information. Thank you!!

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Posted 20 September 2018 - 06:42 AM

we were lucky and just had Koda in for the day. no overnight stay. She did extremely well and she was only 7 months old. I think Berta is right with saying the hardest part is keeping them calm so they don't rip the stitches. When I couldn't 100% focus on her I just blocked off areas of the house so she couldn't run around and had to stay somewhat calm. 

 

You have to remember its best for the dog and she will be ok. before you know it she will be healed up and jumping around with ease. 



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Posted 21 September 2018 - 04:38 PM

Also check out DYI rolled up towel ...on youtube i think that goes around the neck instead of a cone ..it worked better more comfy than the cone for Zuni-- if i can find the link ill post it.

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Posted 21 September 2018 - 04:43 PM

https://youtu.be/OWH6v40ZVpw called DIY comfy dog cone...have a glass of wine for yourself!! Good luck

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Posted 22 September 2018 - 07:28 AM

Thank you for the cone alternative idea!! So much better than a cone and we needed something! Sophie is definitely a licker.

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Posted 22 September 2018 - 09:48 AM

Brilliant tip! Those plastic cones are such a pain for everyone!

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Posted 22 September 2018 - 06:54 PM

with mooka we just put his leash on him and he was tied to our waist as he was an still is non stop moving or running, and we had to get the biggest cone of shame as he figured out how to get around it to lick,the little smarty pants,



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Posted 26 September 2018 - 08:35 AM

Sorry to put this out there too late but apparently some vets now use laser closure vs staples and it is very effective. If you are in need of a spay, looking for a vet that uses laser is worth the effort. Cake was able to flex around the cone and pull a staple out, so she ended up in a plastic neck stock thing. It worked much better than the cone.

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Posted 05 October 2018 - 05:01 PM

Arya did fine as well when she had her procedure done . I was amazed at how fast she healed. If remember correctly, she took 1 pain pill and kept spitting the rest out, even with pill pockets. Her only issue was having a bald belly for almost a year. 


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Posted 10 October 2018 - 07:11 PM

If there are stitches, remember that they start to itch as they seem like the wound is almost healed.  Keep that cone on until that time has passed.

 

I will try the towel next time  it is needed.  Great tip.  I also had to keep Sitka tethered to me to keep him from his last wound.


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Posted 03 November 2018 - 08:24 AM

Hi all,

Khya and I are going through the spay thing. 

First thing - she is not like any other dog I have had in the past.  She was dropped at vet, and once placed in the back with her stuffie, she was so loud even I was abit taken aback.  Vet said within five minutes of waking up from surgery - she did not stop howling. 

When I picked her up that evening - she was the only one so upset.  I thought she was supposed to be groggy for up to 12 hours afterwards??? 

Anyways it was a hard drive home.  She was not happy.  And she was stapled, with 2 layers of stitches inside.  Had to give her a tranquilizer that night because she was trying to jump.

She had 3 days of pain meds.  We are now 6 days in but after Day 3 she was jumping on her favorite sleeping ledge.  

I am kinda amazed at how fast she seems to have recovered?!

Vet said he has never had a dog behave like this post surgery...

The vocalizations are mind boggling.  Try keeping a straight face when she sounds like Chewabacca.

Yes - ear piercing at times!!!

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Posted 03 November 2018 - 10:16 AM

The most important thing is to keep her away from those stiches!  Someone here posted about their female that tore her stiches out and later died.  IT was one of the worst things I've ever read about.  You can search on spay in the forum and their posts should come up.  Really, gave me night mares, I wouldn't let Darmok out of my sight for much longer than was necessary I'm sure.



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Posted 04 November 2018 - 08:18 AM

My vet called right after my dog Jesse was neutered and told me I had a coyote, not a dog and he never really acted groggy after anesthesia. Jesse also had to be anesthetized after a different procedure and he howled for hours afterward, the E.R. vet told me that the primitive dog breeds tend to respond to anesthesia that way. It was not pleasant at all, very unnerving.

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Posted 07 November 2018 - 08:06 AM

My dogs have been the opposite.  A little anesthesia went a long, long, long way.  

 

Glad to hear that she is healing well.  Keep us informed.

 

The Chewbacca reference made me chuckle. My little gal does a howl that includes a  sort of growl that sounds like Chewbacca.  I couldn't figure out why it was so endearing, but you nailed it!


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Posted 04 December 2018 - 12:48 PM

How did it go?


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Posted 05 December 2018 - 08:52 AM

Glad to hear all went well. I had to laugh about the "Chewbacca talk." Two Step and Rain talk like that together all the time. Those little guttural sounds. Tolinka doesn't communicate that way at all.
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