It varies from dog to dog, honestly. Our akita took like 48 hours to recover, but she didn't mess with her stitchess and akitas are high pain tolerance in general anyways. The big thing is you dont want the dog to overexert itself and then tear the suture, which would require another trip back to the vet to repair the damage. So as long as she's not going bonkers or jumping like crazy, you're probably ok letting her get back to normal activities.
The animals usually feel groggy and not up to running marathons or even handled really. But, when I was a kid and we had our great dane spayed...that dog was a nut. Absolutely unphased, same day.
It means keep them crated if you have to, don't let them jump up on things and disturb the wound or lick at it, run etc...They won't have the balance and such that they normally have either so it is best to leave water close and let them sleep it off.
Very easy to keep them quiet.
***Edited By: pope1982 on 11/27/2006 2:53:50 AM*** Reason: ..