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Old 08-17-2012, 04:08 AM
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So, yesterday our vet called me and said that he had an opening come up for Bella to be spayed this morning. So, I said yes and scheduled her to be spayed this morning. She got to come home late this afternoon and she's tired and has wanted to mostly lay around and cuddle. She seems like she's been in a bit of pain, but she's been pretty calm and not distressed. I chose not to give her pain meds because the pain meds that our vet issues have had a few bad experiences in a few of my friend's spays. One in particular caused a friend's husky to bite her son. So, I chose to just take it easy on her and let her recooperate on her own and at her own rate. When she was weighed this morning she weighed 2.7 lbs. Not too shabby for the runt of the litter at 8 months...she's picking up weight a little bit at a time and it will only get better once I get her better food.
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Well done & wise move re pain meds - I didn't give any to my x 4 when they were done, so many valid reasons to avoid them imo.
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Well done & wise move re pain meds - I didn't give any to my x 4 when they were done, so many valid reasons to avoid them imo.
It's different with boys and girls though, it's much more invasive surgery for the girls. Ax was fine with no pain meds but Chloe was in pain and cried out when she had to bear down to poop so I was glad to have the pain meds for her.
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So far Bella hasn't had any problems or had any distress when pooping. Maybe my little girl is just a trooper and has a high pain threshold like her momma But, on the bright side, I'm also trying to get her started on maybe some Ziwipeak, depending on how expensive it is and then I'm also upgrading her kibble to a much better choice. I'm sure she's thanking her lucky stars that she found us. She's so spoiled and she loves it. I love it how she just loves to cuddle and wherever I'm at she's not far behind.
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ZiwiPeak is pricey (for me about $25 per month per dog) but so worth it for the health benefits. You will only have to feed her a tiny amount since she's so small so a bag will last her ages. If you suppliment with some raw meals it will bring your total feeding cost down too. Mine have ZP for breakfast and a few squares of ZP mixed with either raw pork mince or turkey mince for dinner which is always about $4 per lb at my supermarket and I get about 18 serves per pound so it's really inexpensive. I also give them some offcuts from whatever i'm preparing for dinner if it's suitable (salmon fillet, chicken thigh etc). Mine love fish so i'm thinking of getting them some cheap fish such as pilchards to add a bit more variety too.
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I'm glad to read this post. Bonnie is going to be spayed when she is 6 months---next month. She is so tiny, but I think Bella is smaller. She was 2.6#'s 2 weeks ago, so should be close to 3#'s when she is spayed.
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So Bella's appetite has already increased from what it was even before she had her surgery yesterday. I've been leaving her food down for her for about 5-10 minute intervals about four times through the day. She's been eating more during the times when her food is left down than she did all day the first day she was here. She's in a much happier mood today than she was last night and is still doing well without having any pain meds.
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ZiwiPeak is pricey (for me about $25 per month per dog)
That had me chuckling like Mutley .... $25 per dog per month pricey .... I sending my 2 Mastiffs down to live with you for a month - the way you feed, they'd cost you more than that per day!

Reading how much you feed has got me thinking I'm way, way over-feeding, but I always have done regardless of the animal, I like round applebums, especially on ponies & puppies lol. You get 18 feeds out of 1lb mince, crikeys moses, I reckon I should get someone else feeding mine I'm doing it ALL wrong, but the big 'un always love the left-overs
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