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Old 07-10-2014, 10:35 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Within the next couple of weeks I'm thinking of getting my female spayed, is there anything I should consider before doing this? Anything I should ask the doctor?

She will be 2 at the end of August so she should be fully developed.
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Old 07-10-2014, 11:49 AM   #2 (permalink)
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bloodwork before the surgery
ask them to put an iv line and give fluids
and pain meds afterward
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I had my vet perform a gastropexy (stomach tack) on our girl during the spay. It added $$$ to the bill and the incision was a couple of inches longer than it would have been, but now I don't worry about torsion - at least as much as I did before. She had hers done mid-April at age 13 months and has recovered quite nicely. Her (long) coat is finally starting to grow back as well.

I always insist on pre-anesthetic bloodwork - regardless of age. Gives me a little more reassurance that she will tolerate the anesthesia well.
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I had my vet perform a gastropexy (stomach tack) on our girl during the spay. It added $$$ to the bill and the incision was a couple of inches longer than it would have been, but now I don't worry about torsion - at least as much as I did before. She had hers done mid-April at age 13 months and has recovered quite nicely. Her (long) coat is finally starting to grow back as well.

I always insist on pre-anesthetic bloodwork - regardless of age. Gives me a little more reassurance that she will tolerate the anesthesia well.
What is the pre-anesthetic bloodwork looking for? She has already been put under for x-rays and there was no problem at that time.
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It is my understanding - after many dogs and many surgeries - that they are looking at the kidney and liver function especially. Those are the organs that are going to help remove the anesthesia from the bloodstream. If those are not working correctly - especially the liver - there could very well be problems.

My vet told me about a 6 month old Beagle that came in for neutering. The dog appeared to be very healthy. The bloodwork showed some problems and the pup may very well have died while under the "juice".
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Yes - all of the above. The amount of time for xrays and the type of anesthesia are typically vastly different.

I had a dog neutered and he was anemic, so she used a different anesthesia, he recovered so quickly from it, that they called me at 2 and said please come get your dog, he keeps breaking out of his kennel and the last time was running through the surgery suite...sooooo....what could have been bad, had they not known, turned out to be a fun day for my dog.

I also have them do a buccal muccosal bleeding time test. It's not as good as a clotting factor test, it's not going to show why a dog is bleeding faster than normal or slower, but it's going to get an idea of their bleed rate, which is important in GSDs and their mixes. https://ahdc.vet.cornell.edu/sects/c...l/bleeding.cfm https://ahdc.vet.cornell.edu/clinpat...coags/bmbt.htm

If a dog hasn't had a heartworm test in a year or more, I'd do that as well before, plus you get the bonus of the tick tests.

No supplements a week before surgery - fish oil, joint, whatever. I let them know what the dog has been on prior - this includes if you use natural things - stuff like Turmeric, flaxseed, etc, can impact bleeding. Also important of course are things like regular medications.

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I do this any time I can before a surgery. Good question!
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