Recently, I have read too many horror stories about spaying in this forum lately and this is my first puppy since I was a child so I only distantly remember our puppy being spayed. I know it is a routine operation but I have a little Min Pin and she seems so little to go through this.
I asked our vet if they checked for tolerance to anethesia before operating and was told they do bloodwork before the operation. Is there anything else I should be asking and where do you check on Vets to see if they have a good track record. They do the operation in the morning and keep her all day and during the night. I am sure no one stays all night to watch them. Are they out enough that there is no chance of chewing their stitches?? Also, how closely do you watch them at home to make sure they are not bothering their stitches and everything else is going fine.
I feel like such a baby worrying over what most dogs go through but I would still appreciate any help in what I should do and what to expect??? Thanks!!!
We recently had our girl spayed, so I was a little scared by those stories as well. Everything went perfectly, though. She did the same thing yours will - surgery in the morning, stay overnight. They told us the dog is usually so groggy from surgery that she is happy to just sleep. She was a little sleepy the first day we had her back, but she was back to normal in no time. I kept an eye on my girl all the time she had stitches in. After a while we could balance letting her get some exercise without letting her make large jumps that would stretch the incision area. Her tummy was a little swollen at the incision area which worried me but they assured me it was normal and to look for things like bleeding, oozing, bad swelling, etc. and her tummy is now back to normal. We were lucky that neither of our dogs were interested in licking/biting at it. She recovered fine and was never 'mad' at us for what we did to her. Just keep an eye on her so you can scold her if she goes near her stitches or plays too rough.
see if hey are sending her home on antibiotics and/or pain meds. snowball had a penicillin shot that lasted 10 days, adn came home on pain meds. we had no stitches problems, but if your dont want a e collar you can get her a baby onesie it will cover her belly so she cant get at them.
my friends doxie didnt get any meds and a week later he had a raging infection b.c he was on carpet adn he is sooooo short. she was irate with the vet.
the pain meds are a must, i think. she had 5 days worth adn it was so much easier for her. but you have to watch extra close becasue nothing hurts so they are not as careful. but id rather watch closely than have her in pain. she stayedovernite as well. i was glad about that too.
A week of crate rest is your best friend. No jumping, no hard core playing outside, leash walks.
The walls of the abdomin have been sliced and must heal. This takes a long time. Even jumping onto furnuture can irritate the sutures. Those are powerful muscles and rip against the stitches if you are not careful.
Basicly, most of them come home as if nothing happened and that can be your problem. It is to easy to think that they are fine and allow them to do to much.
Do not bathe her, because water will get into the incision. Put some neosporin on the incision if you are worried about it, but do not allow her, or another dog to excessivly lick the wound.
Probably the majority of surgical incision sites that have come back infected area from excessive licking from the patent or another house mate, and from water involvment.
Yes, Roxystar. I wondered about your Roxy since ours are the same approximate age and size and both Min Pins. I will let you know how it goes. Will be glad when it is done. I am making more of it than there is but I am still worrying and hope I will calm down by then. If anyone else has anything else to add that would help, I would appreciate it!!
Thanks for all the responses. Now, I have an even better idea of how to take care of my puppy when she comes back.