I wanted to have my Pharaoh Hound spayed before her first heat. My vet is booked for surgerys for 6 monthes. A vet in Ft. Walton was recommened by several people as being the best. My mom drove an hour to the vet to get her spayed. I didn't want it done on a Saturday because of the over night thing. They said that they don't keep them overnight. When we picked Emmy up she was screaming in pain. The vet said it was because she's a delicate breed of dog. We took her to the emergency vet & he gave us Rimadyle for the pain. It's 4 hours later & she's still in pain. He cut her from just below her chest all the down (about 8 inches). I thought that a spaying was only a small incision. He also had a big piece of cardboard duck taped around her neck & some kind of stretchy thing real tight around her belly. What can I do to make it so that she's not in so much pain. I wish that I didn't get her spayed!!!
That's strange that she was in so much pain when you picked her up...especially since it was the same day as her spay because usually they are still groggy from the anaesthesia until the next day. 8inches seems like a very large incision...every vet probably varies on how long theirs are. My yorkie's incision was probably about 3inches long and my new kitten's incision is only about 1/2 an inch (very tiny). Your dog will most likely feel a lot better in a couple more days. One thing about the pain is that it keeps them from being active and gives the incision better healing time. And just like people, every dog's pain tolerance is different. The good news is that spaying is only a one time thing.
Not to alarm you but you might want to call the ER vet again. What did they say about such a large incision? Both my girls incisions were fairly small (maybe half that) and were fairly groggy til the next morning.
Both girls pretty much slept the afternoon and evening away. We also took them out on leashes and really cut out activity for the first few days.
Did your dog do any jumping or running right away? You might need to crate her if she won't settle. The screaming in pain though should at least warrant another call to the ER vet.
My mom drove us to the ER twice. It's an hour away & my Mom's getting very upset with me for calling them. She's in her crate. She went in there on her own & hasn't left. I tried to get her to come out to go potty. But she refuses to & she just glares at me with her ears put back.
Leave her be in her crate. Give her the pain meds as described and just wait it out till morning.
I don't understand why she has such a large incision. My girl was just spayed on Monday, stayed overnight. Her incision is no bigger than my thumb and its low on her belly. I'd take her to your regular vet tomorrow if they're open or Monday for an opinion on it.
And cardboard duck taped on her? WTF? I'd be calling the vet that did this and complaining big time.
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the cardboard that is duck taped sounds like he fashioned an E collar.
I worked for 3 yrs at an AEC where we did all the S/N's for the SPCA & I never heard of anything like what you are describing. Perhaps the "vet" that did the surgery was just out of school & wanted to make sure he had the field open in case something went wrong.
All the ones we used to get claimed they never had done a spay in school!
The ER vet said that some vets make a big incision because it heals just as fast as a small one. I don't get it. I may heal just as fast, but isn't harder on the dog to have a bigger cut? And what's with the cardboard on the neck & that thing on her stomach. I took both of them off!
He's not a new vet. We chose him because our vet was booked up & he was supposed to be the best. My parents run an all animal rescue & they've had many animals altered & there's never been a problem. But Emmy & my other Pharaoh are my babies, my best friends. They're not rescues that I'll love & then loose when adopted. I don't want to loose Emmy
The stretchy stuff on her stomahe should be left there. It is support for the sutures and for her abdomen, it will also help a bit with the discomfort. The thing on her neck sounds like a rigged e-collar...used to stop the dog from licking at the stitches and tearing them out. Good thing to have around. Ant pet store will usually sell the real ones (not made of cardboard and duct tape)
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Just wondering how your dog is feeling today. You should continue to limit activity (running, playing, jumping) for a few more days.
Be sure your dog is not chewing/licking the suture area too. Make sure your dog is having some kind of water- either water, ice cubes or at the very least canned dog food. If your dog isn't too hungry don't be alarmed. My girls didn't eat at all the day of surgery and only nibbled the second day. By the third day your dog should be feeling much better.