Well I just dropped Riley off at the vet to be neutered. I cried my eyes out when I gave her the leash lol. He seemed excited to be there at least. They said I'll probably pick him up after 4 sometime.
I had to sign to pay extra for his bloodwork, pain meds, and microchip. Thought my friends of animal certificate covered the pain meds but oh well. Insurance should cover everything.
I'm so nervous now.... he'll be done with surgery around 1 and that is when I call. *Counts down the hours*
my baby had to stay overnite but they didnt tell me till i got her there. so not only did i call the vet every hour or so to check on her, i went to visit her while she was held prisoner overnite. so dont worry, the vets are used to neurotic worrysome parents. i wouldnt wait till 1 to call...i'd call every hour, but thats me ;)
I'd only use the pain meds (I presume you mean for ease of pain relief) if he seemed in real discomfort. None of the dogs I've ever had altered have acted like they needed the anti pain meds and I was more worried bout the effects of the pain relievers in all honesty. However, as Riley is having to have surgery in his stomach ot remove the retained testicle, may be pain meds are more in line than they would be for a run of the mill neutering.
Just be prepared for him to be really dopey when you bring him home. It takes a while for the anesthesia to wear off, and you will need to be careful about feeding him too. I know in dogs (and humans, cause it's happened to me) eating while on anesthesia can make them nauseated. Keep us posted on how your baby is doing.
When I called they put me on hold to check. I swear I was on there for hours (ok maybe it was 5 minutes). But I started freaking out thinking they had to check which dog died today and was just freaking out. Then they finally came back onto the phone.... went perfectly.. doing fine.. awake but still a bit groggy.
Riley hang in there! It will be a long day for you. I will be thinking about you guys! You were right in taking the pain medicine. He will probably be pretty droopy the first day. The second day though they usually have more energy. But its good to have the pain medicine just in case. Just remember animals mask their pain. You might sneak in on him in the night just to see how he's doing. That's usually when they will show their pain...when no one is around...usually by pacing, being restless. I went to a seminar once showing studies they had done on pain and animals. They had placed hidden cameras in the kennel. When a human would come in the animal would be acting normal, but as soon as the room was empty they would pace around uncomfortably. He will probably be uncomfortable for a few days, may even lick his suture site. Just baby him. :) You're doing the right thing. I'm sure he will be fine.
Well, just know that Riley is in good hands and that this is a very routine procedure that is minimally invaisive. It should not be a big deal at all and he should be back to his old self in no time. About calling the clinic- it is good to check up but you dont want to be *too much* of a pain, lol. The people at the clinic do have lots of other things to do and they will keep you updated so dont worry. Dont get me wrong, it is understandable that owners worry about their animals but to get calls from every owner every hour while we have their animals is, well, excessive. Just wait untill the time they are supposed to call you (unless you have a question or concern, then call and talk to them so that you feel cumfortable). Things should go smoothly and you will have your baby back in your arms before you know it. When you do, give him a hug and a kiss from us all and let us know how he did :D
Let us know how Riley's doing. I get to go through spaying my pup in about 2 months and I'm not looking forward to it either. I'm curious to know how much his tempermeant changes once he heals. I heard they mellow out a bit afterwards, which is probably a good thing for my spaztic pup.