(Closed) Spaying. New to this stuff.

posted 8 years ago in Pets
Post # 18
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

Our girl was spayed at 6 months (she’s a shar pei x boston terrier, was maybe 10lbs when she got it done?). The vet gave us a cone “just in case”, but she chewed the crap out of it in the car on the way home. We ended up buying her a cheap one, but I don’t remember her wearing it much. She was just really dopey and didn’t want to be handled/bothered the first night, but then I think she was running amok as per usual.

She had to have eye surgery shortly afterwards and then she had to wear a cone for a full 30 days, so I’m having trouble remembering the spay surgery. Apparently it wasn’t too bad since I can’t think of anything. Oh, and she was never afraid of the cone. A little resistant the first few times we put it on, and then she used it as the “cone of silence” and would just ignore everything we told her to do haha

 

Post # 19
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Helper bee

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@Sweet.Sugar.Rose:  Yayy!!! Of course adoption is the ONLY option πŸ™‚

I get so happy when I meet people who want to adopt. I am always educating about people about adoption. 

If you have any questions please contact me. I have gone through this many many many times and I can help in any situation. It’s nothing serious so don’t worry. Just make sure your little baby isn’t jumping all over the place or licking her stitches. Keep the cone on her for 14 days. Some dogs really like to lick that area, but it’s a bad ideai if you let them. 

 

Best of luck to your furbaby πŸ™‚

 

Sending her lots of doggy and kitty kisses from my furkids and fosters πŸ˜‰

Post # 21
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Helper bee

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@Sweet.Sugar.Rose:  I will never understand why people will buy when every single breed you can think of is at the shelter.

I am not sure where you live, but In Los Angeles we just passed a law which makes it illegal for puppy/kitty stores to sell animals from puppy mills. WOOHOO!!

They can only sell puppies/kitties from shelters. These stores were so pissed off, but the bill still passed. 

Fostering is an amazing feeling. We live in a tiny one bedroom, but at one point had 12 animals in our house. It’s quiet addicting lol.

I have my gsd mix and pit bull and our foster cat for now because I am trying to graduate from college this year, but we usually have several cats or dogs at home. It feels weird and empty when I don’t foster. 

Just in the last two years my fiance and I have fostered and saved over 60 lives that were going to be killed at our shelters. Once you start fostering, you will never stop haha. It’s an amazing feeling knowing you are saving a life. <3

Post # 23
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Bumble bee

I adopted my puppy from one of the highest kill shelters in the US.  When I called to say I was interested in her they immediately took her to get spayed. Literally, an hour later.  She was only 3 months old.  I met her the next day and took her home.  You never would have known.  BUT, since she was spayed so early, she has a little incontinence issue that is controlled with medication.  She is 11 months now and is slowly being weened from the meds.  

Post # 25
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Bumble bee

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@Sweet.Sugar.Rose:  It’s so sad.  She leaks when she sleeps on soft surfaces.  She wakes up and she is in a huge puddle.  Then she looks at me with her little wrinkled head.  

Post # 26
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Vet tech here – get the good pain meds your vet suggests, and keep the cone on.  I worked in an emergency clinic and we re-sutured plenty of dogs and cats that ‘never messed with the incision’ and ‘the cone was only off for 5 minutes’.  I know they look really sad and pathetic with the cone but it’s only for a week or so.  The pain meds usually make them a bit sleepy too, so that helps.  Small or large doesn’t really matter, they’ve all got the same parts.  Below 5lbs can be riskier during surgery because they don’t maintain body temp as well, but she’s over that already.  Just make sure you get the spay before her first heat, otherwise she’ll be at higher risk for certain cancer, and it’s a harder surgery on the dog for enlarged organs.

Post # 27
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013 - A court...

I bought my mutt (i say that lovingly of course ) a cone, and tried to get her to wear it but she would not move! She’d just stand there for literally an hour or So. She eventually moved,but would bump into something and freeze in place :-/ So i just didn’t make her wear it but watched her like a hawk to make sure she wouldn’t lick her wound. The first day right after she just wanted to sleep. The next day she was better but still not herself. The day after she was way more active though i wouldn’t let her run. I think she was basically healed within a week and a half. The pain meds were optional,but i got them anyways. There were only three halves, a half a day for threedays, and i only gave her her medication the first two days since third day she was more active and i read that without medication they were more cautious because of the pain.

Post # 28
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Awww!! So adorable. Yeah I only had boy pets for the longest time, weird coincidence… getting a cat spayed was VERY different to getting one neutered. Expect a longer recovery time, more pain meds required (in my case they gave me an eyedropper with liquid I could squirt in her mouth to reduce pain) and more grumpiness. I made her wear the cone the whole time, much to her dismay, but she wouldn’t leave the darn thing alone… cone of shame is always better than infection or ripped stitches, no matter how pitiful they look!

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@Sweet.Sugar.Rose:  I totally agree! And if no local shelters have the breed you want, just TELL THE SHELTER, I’ve volunteered and fostered and stuff in the past and my experience is that if it means getting an animal out of the cage alive, they’ll do whatever within reason. I always advise people to keep an eye out for breeds they like in shelters, and if they don’t see them, say to the shelter workers, “I’m looking for an xyz.” Most places will be more than happy to give you a call when one inevitably shows up. Alternately, looking outside the local area is also bound to get results.

But I also think people should be open breeds they wouldn’t usually consider, if the personality is a good match… you can take averages for a breed but every dog is different!

I always thought I’d probably get a puppy, and it would be a really big breed/mix with short hair I didn’t have to groom. But when I met my doggy soulmate, HE WAS AN ALREADY-ADULT MALTESE. 100% the OPPOSITE of what I ever expected I’d end up with. Hahahahaha. But I saw him on the shelter website and read his story, they even had videos, and I just felt like I had to meet him… and when I did I fell in love on the spot. I can’t imagine it any other way now and I’m really glad I adopted him. (Even if I do have to comb his stupid adorable face every day!)

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