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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 07-28-2008, 07:55 AM Thread Starter
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Spay Nervousness Today

Heidi, who will be 19 months old on the 2nd is having her spay done today. I'm dropping her off in about 1/2 hour.

I am incredibly nervous all of a sudden.

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Re: Spay Nervousness Today

I am always nervous for any procedure, too!

I have a little (little? HA!) checklist and I bring it with me to the vet office in addition to their forms, to make sure that they do the pre-anesthetic bloodwork, use their finest anesthesia (Cristal?), know that GSDs sometimes suffer from clotting disorders (because I am sure they never covered that in school), and then list any tiny thing I could think of that might impact the surgery in some way. Including owner stress. Anyway, that ritual seems to make things go better for me!

I am sure she will do very well and that you will be careful during her recovery!





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post #3 of 15 (permalink) Old 07-28-2008, 09:59 AM
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Re: Spay Nervousness Today

I know how you feel, but just think "It will be over with!" I cried and cried when I had Maya spayed, and the house was so quiet that day....But it's for the best!

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Re: Spay Nervousness Today

I do have faith in my vet, we've been seeing him for a long time...that helps.

I will be careful during her recovery. In fact, I'm working from home all week so I can monitor her. I planned on keeping her in the gated area (utility room) with just her usual bed. Do you think I should also keep her in her crate? At least for today and tomorrow maybe?

And, I'll keep her leashed when we go out for "business" trips for a couple of days.

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Re: Spay Nervousness Today

That's what I keep thinking about too...it will be all over with and taken care of and we can go on with life. By 4pm today, she will be home (God willing, there are no complications).

Buddy is wondering where his lil (annoying) sister is. He's laying here with me playing with a stuffie while I work.

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Re: Spay Nervousness Today

You'll get a list of instructions but yes, leash walking is recommended for at least 14 days or until the stitches come out. Did you have traditional surgery or laser surgery? If laser, the recovery time is a little longer to ensure the knitting together of the incision. No jumping, stairs, etc for a bit also. Keeping her in her crate the first couple of day is also a good idea then I think you can leave her in the utility room. DO NOT remove the e-collar (the lampshade to keep her from licking the incision) unless you can see her the ENTIRE time. 5 minutes alone can result in a licked open incision. Tonight she will most likely not eat - it's okay - she'll have been given fluids during the surgery so she will be well hydrated. Also, her eyes may look goopy for a day - animals do not close their eyes during surgery so a lubricant is put on them. You'll be fine Keep her and Buddy apart for a good while (good luck )

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Thanks Jen! Traditional procedure, no laser. Wow, 14 days leashed you think?

I do have the Eliz-collar and will use it for her. Crate it is, separate from Buddy for a while. No problem from him in that regard. He still wonders why I felt the need to bring her home in the first place. LOL

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Re: Spay Nervousness Today

The vet just called. Heidi is awake and doing fine. What a relief. Now to recuperate.

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Re: Spay Nervousness Today

Great news, and like I said, now it's done and out of the way!!! I hope she recovers well!
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Best wishes to both you and your girl.

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