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Maya is almost 6 months old, a little over 4 pounds, and is getting spayed on Monday. I'm a little nervous because I know the surgery can be a little more serious for chi females. She is going to a Banfield vet at this time, simply because we had an initial visit coupon and then they gave us a great package deal for all her vaccinations and spay. I will be switching her to our regular vet after she is a year old. Banfield says they see a lot of chi's and are confident in spaying a pup of her size. We take her in at 8 a.m. and bring her home later in the day. Does this sound typical? Our last female dog, 15 years ago, was kept overnight after her spay. I am thrilled to have her home, because I hate the thought of her being gone overnight, but I'm concerned whether this type of procedure should include sending the females home so soon. Also, what should I be doing for her once she is home? Can she eat as soon as I get her home? I know she has to stay inactive - is this for a week? I am also concerned about taking her out for potty breaks because she typically likes to run around. Do I take her out on a leash? She isn't as good with going potty with her leash on, but I'll do what I have to until she is healed. Can I let her be more active after a week? Any advice you have will help me out immensely, and I thank you in advance! :)
 

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Here in uk they come home the same day,Lily was fine but a bit sleepy,i was told to give a light meal of chicken and rice,later that evening she was ok to go out and potty,i just stayed with her in the garden,(no lead ) she did what she had to and i carried her in straight away,don't let her run around and don't let her jump .She will be so sleepy she won't want to do much anyway.My vet also gave me a list of what not to do.Good luck
 

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Our experience was a little different with Miley because she needed an emergency hernia repair about a week before she was scheduled for her spay, and we had to take her to the emerg vet about 3am. They did a combined hernia repair and spay for her so she didnt have to go through two surgeries. We picked her up I think around 4 that afternoon, so she was kept for about 12 hrs. For Miley, she had two incisions and they closed her up differently than they would have had it just been a spay, so she needed to go back after 10 days to get her stitches out. For those 10 days we had to keep her "quiet", Miley is such a wild, active girl that for her that sadly meant mostly cage rest for 10 days. It sucked, but was worth it to get her healed. We were told to take her out to potty on her leash, but I admit that I didnt. We have 2 other chis and a lab, so I made sure to take her out by herself, as normally she and our lab love to run long laps around the yard chasing each other. If Maya is the type to really go nuts in the yard I would keep her on the leash outside just to be safe. We fed Miley on her normal schedule, 2 times a day, and she had some antibiotics and pain meds that she needed to take with her food. Ask them, but I dont see any reason why you couldnt offer her something to eat if youd like when she gets home.
 
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