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O.K., Boppys 2 now. I know I MUST have her spayed for HER health etc, my wife reminded me again yesterday, "it must be done". I'm just unhappy about the whole issue.

I have a couple questions before I'm forced to take her to our vet:

How long was you Chi 'bothered' by this after you spayed her?
What kind of behavioral differences did you notice?
How do I deal with knowing I'm allowing pain to come to upon my dog that weighs only 6 precious lbs? Or does the health of my dog come first and "what I think about it" come in 2nd in this instance?

These are questions that have made me put it off this long, but at 2 years I mustn't wait any longer.

Thank you beforehand,

Boppys Dad
 

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I had Zoey spayed before her first heat so no behavioral differences. We had to watch her as she acted like nothing happened. They are precious family members but regardless of the size I think we feel guilty about putting them through a surgery. I also know that like us... the pain will go away and in the end we did what was best :)
 

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How do I deal with knowing I'm allowing pain to come to upon my dog that weighs only 6 precious lbs? Or does the health of my dog come first and "what I think about it" come in 2nd in this instance?

Actually yes, her health should come first, just like the health of your child would need to come first if you found out he/she needed an operation. Only in this case you are potentally risking your dogs life if she were to accidentally get tied up with a larger dog or just have complication from the birthing process.

How long was you Chi 'bothered' by this after you spayed her?

I have 3 females that are all spayed. The only time they were bothered from the operation was the first night after the operation. The vet did give them a shot of pain medicine before I brought them home and they slept all night. The next day they were fine, you would never know they had an operation. You just need to keep them from jumping until the stiches come out. You also will need to keep them from licking and chewing on the stiches. After they start to heal they itch and will attempt to pull the stiches out by themselves. All I did was put a long shirt on my girls so they couldn't get to the stiches.

What kind of behavioral differences did you notice?

Absolutly none.
I have seen a few members mention that there were a few pee pee accidents in the days following the operation, but I didn't experience that at all with my 3.
You really should get it done, she'll still be the same sweet girl and she'll still love you afterwards.
 

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I had my springer spayed at 4 months & Gracie (chi) spayed around 6 months. Neither one of them were really bothered by it. I did get pain medication from my vet for them. I'm not sure that they needed it, but just in case. They were both ready to run around by the next day. A little cranky for a day, but that was all. I know not having them spayed puts them at more health risks than not having them spayed. I know its scary, but it really is best for them.
 

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Aw, I know how you feel. But I think it's harder for us than it is for them, at least in my case... But let me answer your questions. ^_^;

How long was you Chi 'bothered' by this after you spayed her?
Hm, about as long as it took for her hair to grow back. Seriously, that's pretty much all that affected her! That, and the E-collar. >_<

What kind of behavioral differences did you notice?
Oh, none whatsoever. She was a diva before she got spayed, and she was still a diva afterwards! :lol:

How do I deal with knowing I'm allowing pain to come to upon my dog that weighs only 6 precious lbs? Or does the health of my dog come first and "what I think about it" come in 2nd in this instance?
Oh, don't worry! If your dog already weighs 6lbs, then she should deal with it rather well, I think. And yes, her health does come first. It just one of those things that has to be done, you know?

Don't worry... You'll be fine. I know the thought of them hurting in any way is just horrible, but remember that it's just temporary... And you can cuddle her and spoil her all you want afterwards! :lol: :wave:
 

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How do I deal with knowing I'm allowing pain to come to upon my dog that weighs only 6 precious lbs? Or does the health of my dog come first and "what I think about it" come in 2nd in this instance?
its more painfull to not spay then along the line have an "acciedent" where she ends upbeeding with a male larger than her or simply having complications and possibly dying. its also MUCH less painfull then having mammery, overian or other reproductive tumours a couple years down the line that would require more invasive surgery plus rediation therapy.
my female is 5lbs and spayed. my male is only 3lbs and hes neutered.

How long was you Chi 'bothered' by this after you spayed her?
Vixie didnt even notice, she was back to herself within a few hours!
my male felt a little more sorry for himself for the night but by the next day he was back to normal. generally theres itchy discomfort, (talk to your vet about mabe using the glue instead of typical stitches, it holds just as well and isnt as itchy as regular stitches.) but otherwise...no botheirng!

What kind of behavioral differences did you notice?
none whatsoever! shes the same old vixie girl!
she was also older when spayed 2 yrs to be presice and she experienced NO behavioural changes.
 

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How long was you Chi 'bothered' by this after you spayed her?
Bothered? Not sure she was, she just slept alot bc of the pain medication. And, she was annoyed bc I wouldn't let her down to play with her brother!

What kind of behavioral differences did you notice?
She's actually perky! LOL She play's more!!

How do I deal with knowing I'm allowing pain to come to upon my dog that weighs only 6 precious lbs?
The pain can is dramatically minimized by pain meds, and its so worth it, not having to deal with puppies, cycles, all of that.


I had Priya done when she was 6 months old, just don't let her be to active or lick at the glue and she will be fine! Goodluck!
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Dixie was spayed because , I felt that it would be a good choice for her and I , didnt know much about breeding puppies , and that is what my vet suggested , her incision was on the inside and she wasnt in to much pain , but still i had to baby her a little ! I also prevents your female chi from having ovarain cancer on down the road , which is a big plus in my book! :coolwink:
 

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First of all, you ARE doing the right thing. They really don't experience that much pain because they will be so drugged during the process and afterwards as well. My baby took about a day before she was back to her rowdy old rambunctious self again. Her behaviour did not change one bit. The day of her surgery, I brought her home and she seemed a bit out of it for about an hour to two hours, and then I fed her, and she was scarfing her food down. Seriously, I know it seems like a big deal to put your baby under the knife, but I did it when my baby was only about 4 lbs, and she was just fine. Good luck, and let us know how it goes. After the surgery just keep a close eye out on her to make sure she doesn't jump around too much and jump off of couches and fly up and down the stairs. I mean honestly, it's tough to keep them calm, but just do the best you can. Good luck again and don't be nervous...everything will go great!
 

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Boop was 6 months when she was spayed. I think it was better for her, but, frankly, it was also for my benefit. I didn't want to deal with heats and certainly not with puppies and the danger of C-sections, etc. It also is supposed to be better for their health, but on that basis our daughters should all have hysterectomies at 9 years old!

It was rougher for Boop than people said and say here. She was in pain coming out of the vets and was very subdued the following day, even with pain meds. Also, she didn't pee for over 24 hours which had me very worried. I was on the verge of returning her to the vet, I'd called the vet of course, when she finally performed. I stopped pain meds as soon as I thought I could because they were a narcotic, morphine based, which causes painful constipation in humans and I suspect in dogs, too. On the other hand there was no problem with the incision since the vet used glue and disolving/absorbing stitches, no itching, no chewing.

Behavior changes? None that I noticed. That was three months ago, and she's still slender, too.

I'm not trying to worry you, Boop was fine in a few days, but it's not a trivial process. I was traumatized leading up to, during, and the day after surgery, and I expect you will be too. I'm sure Boppy will be quickly past her discomfort and be her lovable self.
 

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It's scary, but has to be done. Chica was spayed at 61/2-7months & she was fine. A little sleepy the first day, but back to herself the next morning. We gave her the pain meds for 5 days. Right before the spay she used to run upstairs and lay on the bed by herself. Now she's always near us. My husband thought her hormones were starting to kick in right before we spayed her & she was separating herself from our other female dog & now they're back to being best buds!
 

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It was MUCH harder on me than on Dolly. I would say to really check out the vet, make sure she won't be alone either the night before or after (I took Dolly in at 7 am, picked her up at 5) and after the first day or two...they are so hyper, it's unreal. So you have to watch that, but it's probably just pent-up energy after being sluggish at first.

I saw NO change in personality and Dolly is still thin and still acts like a puppy at 18 mos.

It's absolutely the best thing to do, and you'll get a lot of support on this site.

Good luck!
 

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I just wanted to say "Thank You" for all your replies and easing my mind a bit about the whole issue. It surely is the right thing to do and there are 'musts' on this earth to be followed appropriately. I'll let you know how it all comes through on my side and really, "Thanks Again". I really need to get a picture of my Boppy up here and soon.:love10:
 
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