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Old 08-19-2012, 09:55 PM
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We are going on Thursday to talk to Chloe's vet about her spay. I'm also very interested in getting her microchipped at the same time. I wanted to know what do I need to ask while I'm there? Is there anything I need to know about pain medicine? I've noticed that people have strong feelings about it on both sides, but I wasn't sure why. I've also heard not to allow them to use a heating pad. Should I take away her stairs to get on the couch and bed? I just want to make sure that I've covered everything. So, any advice or experience you can share would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 08-19-2012, 10:25 PM
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Toby is obviously not a girl, so idk about spay specific questions. As far as general questions, I asked what type of anesthesia they used, what their procedure was in an emergency, how long the healing time was, and if they had any recommendations about after care. I also made sure someone was there the entire time- I threw a fit when I found out they all took lunch at the same time so someone stayed there with him.


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Old 08-19-2012, 10:28 PM
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Thanks, Ashley! I didn't think to ask what type of anesthesia.

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I would not take the stairs away if they help her to get up on the couch and bed because if she trys to jump up she could rip her stitches. You will just have to watch her so she's not licking her incission because it could cause infection and try to keep her quiet for the first couple day to give her a chance to heal. Pain meds can be a problem sometimes because the dog doesn't feel the pain and start running a playing like usual it could be dangerous for them.They have to stay quiet the pain is so bad that its unbearable then by all mean give her something but if she's doing well without them and shes just slows her down then I think you can do without pain Meds and it would be best for her as well Jmho . I would get them just in case she needs a little something and if you don't need them great if you do then you have them on hand.
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I would not take the stairs away if they help her to get up on the couch and bed because if she trys to jump up she could rip her stitches. You will just have to watch her so she's not licking her incission because it could cause infection and try to keep her quiet for the first couple day to give her a chance to heal. Pain meds can be a problem sometimes because the dog doesn't feel the pain and start running a playing like usual it could be dangerous for them.They have to stay quiet the pain is so bad that its unbearable then by all mean give her something but if she's doing well without them and shes just slows her down then I think you can do without pain Meds and it would be best for her as well Jmho . I would get them just in case she needs a little something and if you don't need them great if you do then you have them on hand.
I agree. I'd get them just in case, but try not to give them to her. You're mommy, you will know if your little girl is in unbearable pain. A small amount of pain will make sure she doesn't test her limits too much. If it gets bad, then by all means give them to her. And I also agree about the stairs. Anything that will keep her from jumping too much is a good idea.


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If she does start licking her stitches, not the skin around them, try using a baby onsie, put on upside down. The betadine they use to disinfect the skin for surgery can be irritating, I usually carefully wash around the incision if it looks like it's bothering them. But don't get the incision itself wet. I usually keep them in a crate or if no crate, then in their bed for the first 24 hours after they get home. By the afternoon after their spay, I open the door on the crate and let them walk around if they aren't being too rambuctous. Be sure to take them out to pee, they may not poo until the next day. Offer water at all times, ansthesia makes them very thirsty. They may only take a bite or two or wait until the next day to eat, that's ok. That's all I can think of. Keep the stairs, but wait until the next afternoon to let her use them, lift her up if you have to. Best of luck, I'm sure she will do fine.
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Our Chloe got spayed about 2 weeks ago. She stayed overnight at the vet and came home the next morning. She was in a some pain the next couple of days so she got a couple of doses of Metacam. She was a good girl and didn't mess with her stitches.

She was able to get down from the bed OK using her usual easy path (footstool, chest, bed). She took it easy for about 3-4 days but by the weekend she was playing with her cat friends at full speed and jumping from the floor to the bed.
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Thanks everyone. Our bed is too high for her to jump on and off, so I think I might take those stairs away and just pick her up. She doesn't ever jump on or off the couch, but she would be able to if she tried, so I will probably put those back after a day or too. Chloe isn't very rambunctious at all, so I think it will be fairly easy to keep her calm. I bought one of those blow up collar things for her in case she is bothering her stitches. A onsie would be better though. When you say upside down do you mean like put the stomach side where it's facing the back?
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