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Hi all,
Sorry for all the questions!!!
We have booked Button in to be spayed next week and would really appreciate any advice you may be able to offer regarding surgery for "Wee Chi's". Our vet practice do not have a lot of experience with very tiny dogs, however, we live in a small town and there are no other vets so have to use them. She will also be getting her retained baby teeth removed at the same time. Should I request any particular medication/anaesthetic???
Any pre-surgery prep I can do to help her? Post op care?

I know she has to be spayed but I am terrified that something will go horribly wrong and we will lose her. :(

Many thanks again for all the help and support :)
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Terry & The Pocket Princess :coolwink:
 

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I know some people with the much smaller dogs elect to not spay them.
My dogs were neutered at 2 pounds, but I think a neuter is less invasive.
I would speak to your vet and make sure they are comfortable operating on a smaller dog such as yours.
Good luck!
 

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Can they use reversible gas anesthesia for her? I think that is way safer than general anesthesia is for the small ones, any chi really.

I would get a few jars of chicken baby food (make sure there is no onion in it!), some children's electrolyte water that is flavorless, a few medicine droppers, and a heating pad...just have somewhere she can be comfortable and rest quietly the first few days. Every few hours give her a dropperful of the electrolytes...it will help keep her from dehydrating.

She might not be interested in her food but since she is small she must eat...usually they go nuts for the baby food so it may encourage her to eat. If not, you can always syringe some into her with the medicine droppers, as you don't want her to have a sugar crash.
 

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My tiny (Poppy) isn't incredibly tiny she is now 3lbs 4oz according to the vet last week when I brought her for vaccinations, she's now 1 year 4 months.

I had her spayed at about 7 months and was really worried about her size - I thought she was 2lbs 14 but she was actually 2 lbs 10oz, I brought her to a vet who specialises in small animals and it was no problem

What they told me about the anaesthetic - was that they gave her a minimum amount of anaesthetic just to cover her while they put the tube down her throat - after that it was just gas which meant that as soon as the procedure was over she was awake again. They also gave her a painkilling injection both before and during the op to cover pain. Maybe you could talk this over with your vet and see what they think of this method?

Here's the thread where I wondered whether to spay her or not, I wasn't going to but I changed my mind with all the responses I got and by the end of the thread she is spayed and all went well!!

http://www.chihuahua-people.com/chihuahua-questions/50600-what-can-i-expect.html
 

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This is an interesting thread for me as well,for when the time comes for Dottie to be spayed she is nearly 5 months so won't be long.
I'm sure she'll be fine Terry keep us posted
 

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Thank you all so much for the very helpful info!!
I will make sure she has the warming pad, baby food and electrolytes handy and will also have another in-depth chat with the vet regarding the gas option for anaesthesia and/or the mini anaesthetic and gas plus painkillers.
At barely 2 pounds she is definitely the smallest dog they have ever worked on...why does my baby have to be the guinea pig?? LOL
I will also be getting some homeopathic drops to help with stress and pain etc.

Thanks again everyone :)

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why does my baby have to be the guinea pig?? LOL
LOL - the day that Poppy was in, there was a guinea pig bigger than her having surgery!!

Good luck - I know it's worrying but it will be a big relief when it's all over and she's jumping around the place and you are trying to keep her calm and quiet!
 

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Ivy and Fern did great at 9mos. old with their spay, and they were both close to 2 lbs at the time. Willow was bigger but did fine as well. They all had lapryscopic spaying so it was also less invasive, but not many vets do it.
 

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Thanks for posting the link to your thread Aquarius, it was very helpful!
I wish the miserable "so 'n' so" (to quote my mum :D) that had her prior to her being "rescued" thought to have her spayed when she was younger. Mind you, breeding was the plan for her, thank goodness that never happened!!! Now that she is two years old already, her cancer risk is pretty high, which really sucks!

I have had a loooooong chat to the vet (his suspicions that I am neurotic has been confirmed :D) He has told me that they administer an injection that induces anaesthesia, they then intubate and use gas to keep her under while they operate, which seems to be the same method they used on Poppy. I expressed my concerns about her size, her breathing etc. and he has done what he can to allay my fears (poor man!) I guess all we can do now is wait till it's over. Roll on Thursday (I want to skip Wednesday entirely!)

Many thanks again :)
 

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I already have Lacey booked for the end of June. Keeping my fingers crossed she will be at least 2lbs by then. My vet feels very comfortable doing it. She did all my other dogs....but I still worry :(
 

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My vet reckons she would rather spay a small dog than a large one as they are easier to do with not so much fat to get through
 

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My vet and I have discussed anesthesia a couple of times. They use isoflurane for my little kids. Knock on wood, we've never had a problem.

"One type of anesthesia that is recommended for older dogs is "isoflurane," an inhalation-type anesthesia that is quickly eliminated from the dog's body once inhalation stops."
 

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marley is a really tiny chi so i waited a bit longer to get her spayed! i waited til she was 11 months & she also went through her first heat. she was only 2.5lbs when she was spayed i was terrified but i made sure to get the pre blood tests to make sure she would be okay with the anesthetic! everything turned out to be fine!
 

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Lyra was spayed at 7 months weighing a little over 2 lbs, and she came through well. Unfortunately, the vet who spayed her was not very confident doing spays in general (she was young and new to the practice and I hadn't realized she'd be the one performing the surgery) so the procedure took longer than it should have and Lyra had to spend some time in an incubator after (a few hours), getting her temperature back up to where it should be. It wasn't the anesthetic that was a problem, just the long period of time the surgery took.

If you feel confident in your vet and your vet feels confident that they can do the spay, everything should be fine.
 

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My vet and I have discussed anesthesia a couple of times. They use isoflurane for my little kids. Knock on wood, we've never had a problem.

"One type of anesthesia that is recommended for older dogs is "isoflurane," an inhalation-type anesthesia that is quickly eliminated from the dog's body once inhalation stops."
This is what has always been used for mine as well. I always have pre-blood work done too, that's very important.
 

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This is what has always been used for mine as well. I always have pre-blood work done too, that's very important.
Eeeeekkk Bloodwork?? The vet has said nothing about blood tests or anything. She has never even been examined by our vet...in full panic mode now! :(
 

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I would def get the pre op blood work done. It will tell you if your little one is healthy to be put under with anestheia, if there any elevation of liver function they won't handle the anesthia well
 

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If they didn't mention the blood work yet they probably will the day of. As far as I can tell it's a standard thing to offer/do before any surgery on a dog. You may notice a bruise after depending on where they draw it. My vet didn't tell me once where the blood was drawn and I freaked out over the bruise. But it didn't bother Pepper and she recovered super fast. I'm praying all goes well for you and the little Button. I'm sure it will :)
 
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