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Old 03-08-2010, 11:09 PM
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Default When you take your chi to the vet...

...for something fairly serious, neutering, do you take the crate or any other things with you?

Diego will be neutered this Friday. He's a week shy of one year old. All of my pets are spayed/neutered.

He has a lot of behavioral issues including separation anxiety and will be at the vet's for ten hours or so. Should I bring his crate? Any ideas as to what will make it easier for him? I already have tea tree oil at home to try to keep him from bothering the incision too much. I learned from my big Chow mix, Hunter, who had to have the incision reclosed TWICE until I found out about dabbing it with tea tree oil.

Any other advice? I want to make this as easy on him as possible. I also want to buy a new bed as he has marked mine to no end, but if you know of any ways to make his post-surgical experience better please tell me.

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Old 03-08-2010, 11:14 PM
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When Jack was neutered, I just brought him in on a leash, and when I picked him up I just carried him in his blanket.
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Old 03-08-2010, 11:35 PM
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The Vet usually doesn't take anything with your pet. Try to relax; they do this every day. They may ask if you want pain meds for your dog--say yes. Often they give a pain shot that lasts a long time after you are home. Jerry just wanted to lay in his bed and not be touched. He did throw up a few times from the anesthesia; so, consider that before offering a full meal. I'm sure all will be well. Most of us on Chi Ppl have been through this. Feel free to ask questions and please keep us posted.
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Thanks.

I'm always a little anxious before any of them were neutered but Diego is so different from the others. When I took him to the vet today to pick up all the paraphenalia I need for all of them and the monthly meds he actually climbed on my head at one point.

And he marked the same spot over and over after I wiped it up until he ran out of ammunition.

He's just not like any other dog I've ever had.
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Old 03-09-2010, 12:15 AM
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I always bring mine in, in their crates. They have things in there that they're familiar with...a blankie, a chewie and a toy. The crate is clearly marked with my and their names, phone number and address, and an emergency contact #. Because the Vet techs really like my dogs and want to play with them, they're usually taken out of the crate so there's some time for interaction before they're carried to the cage room. When they've had surgery, (Tango's baby teeth extractions, Jazz's spay etc.) I always put them in their crates for the ride home if they're not brought to me at the front desk for pickup already crated. If I had someone else driving, I'd just hold them, but I don't. So they're crated so they're jostled as little as possible during the drive, both to cause them as little pain as possible, and also to (hopefully) prevent any vomiting. I don't know about you, but I simply can't operate the car pedals with a dog on my lap WITHOUT jostling them somewhat.

My vet puts their toy and blankie in the cage with them while they're waiting for surgery, and when they're recovering. They believe it comforts them, and I do too. Those things have all the right smells on them, the comforting smells, of them, their sibling, me, home, etc.

Personally, I don't favor putting tea tree oil on the incision, putting anything on the incision, unless I'm directed to by the Vet, When there was a slight infection after Jazz's spay, I took her back for antibiotic shot and a course of oral antibiotics, and was told, and shown how to put just the tiniest bit of antibiotic ointment directly on the infected part, but nowhere else. I use bitter orange to inhibit licking, supplied by the vet, and I smear that all around the incision but never on it. When it dries, it's chalky but stays on a good while. One lick of that and Jazz didn't touch her incision again, at ALL. It's nasty stuff! I much prefer using the bitter orange to having to use an e-collar. It's been impossible to find one to fit my dogs, the Vet's had to sort of retro-fit the smallest one they had to sort of work. But the bitter orange did the trick, so I didn't have to resort to the e-collar anyway.
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Thank you. I will ask my vet about bitter orange. I wouldn't apply it unless I saw Diego bothering his incision, just like the tea tree oil. He's not much of a compulsive self-groomer. Hunter was a neurotic groomer when he first arrived and some of the cats can't leave their owies alone.

I know I can't keep Diego from going off because he's gone off into that e-above-high-c scream when he can see me. But maybe a few nice things will make him feel more comfortable before they let me take him home.
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If you think he would be better with his crate and familar things Im sure the vet would oblige but TBH he will probably be quite groggy still when you get him home. As I dont drive I use my doggy stroller to collect mine as I think its a nicer ride home for them.
Also I got Hannah done with my kitten Grace so they got to ride home together!!
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When i took Billy. I took him in on his lead and just took his blanket along to so he had something familiar. He wasnt bothered with his incision at all. But he was a bit groggy when he got home. x
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