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My Yana is getting spayed today. I am so worried that I cannot really do anything. I played with the puppy and now I just play scales on the piano.

I'm eaten by guilt that I'm doing it to her, altering a perfectly healthy animal for my own convenience, but I understand that it needs to be done. I also have her prelim x-rays done while she's under anestesia. I just hope that everything will go well and she will recover quickly.

The house is empty without her. Anton, our puppy, is looking for her in her crate and runs to her favorite places in the yard. I hope they will call me soon and say that she is alright.
 

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I felt the same way with Gracie (8.5 months at the time) but it was best for all involved. I had no intention of breeding her, I wanted to get her prelims done and they thought they were going to have to biopsy her intestines (ended up not needing to) and I only wanted to put her under anesthesia once.

We had to drop her off at 8:45....actually DH dropped her off, I went to work to keep myself busy. I called him at Noon, no report, I called him at 1:00, no report, I called him at 2:00, no report. He called me at 3:00 as he called to check on her. They had an emergency surgery come in and she hadn't been done yet .... but she was having a grand old time running around in the back with the hospital dog. Now whenever we go to the vet, she's all happy and wants to go in the back to play.....doesn't even look back to me when they take her to do her nails....she's just going to play.

Your house will be full again soon!
 

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I was feeling the same way when I took Ava in to get spayed - I was totally second guessing doing it. But, when I though about it logically and not emotionally I knew I was doing the right thing.

I'm sure Yana is going to do great and the Vet will be calling you soon with an update.

Great idea about doing the x-rays while she is under. Wishing Yana a speedy recovery!
 

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Thank you guys for your support! It looks like I'm not the only one with such thought and worries. Yana was so excited this morning when I was dropping her off because the clinic was on the way to our off-leash walking area... Poor thing... I don't know how she is yet, they told me to call after 3pm.
 

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If it's any consolation, it did not change Gracie's opinion about the vet at all - she still LOVES to go there. I can say "Let's go see Dr. P" and she will run and sit by the front door!
 

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Altering a dog does provide some health benefits to the dog (besides the obvious one of not getting pregnant), so it's not all "for your convenience."

And getting those prelim xrays will be very helpful. If the xrays come back good-to-excellent, then you know to keep up whatever it is you're doing. If they're not as positive as we hope, then you know that you need to take additional steps to protect her orthopedically to ensure a long life of walking, running, and chasing. So I personally think that what you're doing is a great idea, all in all.

Let us know when Yana is home. We're always concerned when fur kids are under anesthesia, and we don't stop worrying until they get home and are in their own beds!
 

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Yana is home. Everything went well, the doctor said that there were no complications. She was so happy to see me, even though she was still drugged but she kept looking into my eyes and licking my face and pulling me to the car. She was very happy to get home. She didn't feel very well, threw up a few times and refused food and water but today she eats and drinks. I gave her a pain killer in the morning.

I slept with her last night on the floor next to her crate. She didn't want to stay in her crate but wanted to curl next to me, something she usually never does.

I really appreciate your support! It's very hard to watch your animal suffer.
 

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My poor Yana is not feeling very good. She's so depressed that she's too tired even to wag her tail. She eats and goes to the bathroom but she doesn't really drink, just the water I put in her food. The vet said to wait and that if the incision is looking good than it's probably ok how she feels.

Plus to everything I twisted my ankle yesterday and can barely walk around the house. Misery loves company...
 

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Oskana, I'm sorry to hear that Yana is not doing well. Keeta was about Yana's age when I got her spayed, and the first day she didn't do much, but recovered quite well after that. Was slow and careful for the first two, three days, but her spirits were up, and she would have run around and played if she could have, i.e.: not feeling the pain or discomfort for the surgery. She was eating fine too. I had to cut down on her food for the first few days as too much might have made her sick so soon out of surgery.

I hope Yana perks up soon for you. I certainly would keep an eye on the incision, and maybe take her temperature if you know how? Could she be running a fever? Also I'm thinking that perhaps she is just a bit slower at recovering from the emotional trauma of going through a surgical procedure? Being that she is sensitive and shy and insecure, it may be psychological more than phisycal?

Just guessing and throwing thoughts out there. I'll keep you and your girl in my thoughts. Take care.
 

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Thank you for your supporting thoughts, Castlemaid. Yesterday night Yana finally started feeling a little better and she even brought a ball for me to throw for her. I was giving her more pain medications. This morning she still refused to go for a walk but spent a little more time outside in the backyard.

I also think Yana suffered more emotionally than physically. Her incision looks very nice, never swollen or red, her appetite and water drinking and going potty is normal all the time like nothing happened.

But she was so depressed that the entire week she spent in her crate. Also I think that the t-shirt that I put on her to prevent her from chewing on her incision was taken as a punishment. That's how she looked:

Her face expression was priceless the moment I removed that t-shirt. She smiled and licked my face


I feel so much better because she starts recovering. I will see my vet today and will talk about her.

Thanks again for reading and keeping us in your thoughts.
 

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Well, no wonder she was depressed! She probably wanted a PINK t-shirt! LOL!

What a sweet, and heart-wrenching picture. Glad she is coming around fine. Funny about her reaction to the t-shirt though, but she does seem to see things differently.

I remember when I brought Keeta home from the vet. She sat down and gave me the dirtiest look! It seemed to say "I will never forgive you for this!!!" (Like I would have forgiven myself if she had accidently become pregnant . . .) It actually made me giggle (poor girl, I was laughing at her!) because I never thought that dogs could be so expressive. Next day she was fine. A bit sore and careful, but in spirit, she was fine.

Give Yana an extra pat for me. She did good!
 
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