So our lil 7 month old pup just got spayed ( I meant spayed but the title says neutered, sorry long day, lol) today and I was a little surprised at what the vet told me afterwards. He said she cant play and can only go out to the restroom on a leash until her stitches are removed in 10 days. I guess I wasnt expecting it to be this dramatic. Im feeling a little nervous now. Like am I supposed to keep her in her crate for 10 days or what? Also I tried to pick her up to go to the bathroom and she literally screamed in pain. I feel awful for her. I know this is the best thing for her, but man, talk about a guilt trip. Also they wont let her eat or drink until tomorrow and they wouldnt let her eat the night before either. I feel like I should give her something, poor girl. I almost feel like she resents me, she wont look at me or respond to my voice. I think she's giving me the silent treatment. This cant be over soon enough.
Dogs aren't resentful. She probably doesn't want to look at you because she doesn't feel good. Most dogs keep a distance when they don't feel so hot. Don't worry, you did what is best for her and pretty soon she'll forget all about it. It's strange though, my vet used the dissolvable stitches. I didnít have to take my pooch back just as long as she was healing okay. My vet said to take it easy with activity for a few days, but didnít say anything like no walks for ten days. I bought my dog a plain hamburger as soon as we left the vetís office. He said she was fine for anything and that she was just still a little drunk. Itís strange how vets can be so different in their practices. HmmmÖ
did the vet give her a shot to ease the pain or any oral medication?
if not, i'm sure if she is still in pain you can go to your vet and ask for some.
and as for crating her, i've only ever had to crate a dog once after being fixed, and that was because his brother was fixed at the same time and they were biting each others cones. :-) iv'e found it easiest to just really keep an eye on the pup when you are home and make sure she is comfortable.
The little girls don't get out as easy as the boys. Its major surgery for her. You don't want her to eat because she might start throwing up. Ice chips are good and just let her rest in her little crate and the pain meds will make her sleep. She can eat something light the next morning and just don't let her run and jump. She will be fine. It just takes a little precaution. She will be better in no time. Good luck.
I feel so sorry for you. Please don't think the doggie blaims you for her pain! I've never had a dog fixed,YET. But that's because I live up in the country with no neighbors close by. I bought my new male pup from a real breeder and that was part of the agreement. I asked a vet about it.. and I don't know if it's because we are rural up here or out dated..but she described it very crudely. I plan to ask a question about the way she discribed it to me soon on the forum. So please just baby the doggie. Figure it like a woman haveing a total historectomy (sorry for the miss spelling). Good luck and it's for the best!
She still has had no desire to eat or drink today. I'm wondering when she will want to start eating and drinking again. She threw up a few times yesterday. Everyone keeps talking about pain meds but my vet didnt give her any besides the initial anesthesia and everytime she stands up to go out to potty she cries a little. He told me I could give her baby aspirin twice a day. Has anyone ever heard of that before?
I called and talked to him today wondering about going for walks and her obedience classes on Tues. He said well how would you feel if you just had a c-section or hysterectomy, would you feel like eating or going for walks? So I guess that means go by how she's feeling. He said some places keep the dog hospitalized but he tries to send them home as quickly as possible because the dogs do better at home.
About the differences in vet practices... I totally know, a vet down the road does it all by laser, it costs three times the amount but supposedly it is less traumatic. Our vet is pretty much old school.
Journey, your dog just went through major surgery; so she's bound to be uncomfortable. If you are concerned that she is in pain, tell your vet she needs something better than aspirin. As for activity, let her dictate how much she wants to do at the moment. You can definitely start feeding her lightly, at first, remember she just had a general anaesthetic, and she should be eating normally soon. Don't pick her up,just let her walk on her own. What breed is she? She does not need to be crated either, and if you're not satisfied with your vet, try another.
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We were told she is a pug/beagle mix, but we arent really sure. She is already 22.8 lbs at 7 months and from what Ive researched those dog breeds dont get much larger than her size now, so Im thinking she has a larger breed in her.
She still hasnt had a drink or eaten anything. Her surgery was on Wed. at 8am, it's now Thursday at 5pm. She hasnt eaten since Tues at 7pm. I know it's normal for her to feel a little off for a while, but is there a time limit for eating and drinking when you should start getting concerned?
Other than that she seems to be getting back to her old self. She is really wanting to play with our new puppy, getting excited and trying to go to the backyard, but I know if they play together she will get too rough and may hurt herself. We have been trying to keep the lil one out of her site.
Beagle was anxious to be active by the next day. Basset was a bit more low key for a few days. My vet encouraged some water consumption though even on the day of the spay once home. I think I would be worried about dehydration. Both girls were eating by the next day.
We did restrict exercise and kept them on leash for potty breaks til the stitches came out.
Normally the vet does at least offer some kind of pain meds. It is a major surgery. I would call and ask if you think she is uncomfortable.
Thank you for spaying your pup! A friend of ours has a pug/beagle mix and he weighs 20lbs @ 6 months. Of course they were told he would be much smaller. I have seen pug/beagle mixes at least 25 lbs and up. Yes, some were overweight.
Okay everything is fine and dandy today. She is eating, drinking, and desperately trying to play, but I am still over protective of her sutures so I have been holding her back a bit. Seriously though, keeping this dog from playing is like asking a hyperactive kid to sit quietly for a week.
The baby aspirin seems to have helped, she is no longer crying and doesnt seem to mind if we touch her tummy.