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Spaying puppy

Discussion in 'Puppy Forum' started by Helen Wells, Jan 2, 2021.

  1. Helen Wells

    Helen Wells Member Registered

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    Hi, I'm due to get puppy spayed next week and am feeling a little anxious about the aftercare since I've not been through this before. Could anyone share their experiences of what it was like please and any tips on keeping her occupied while jumping and running isn't allowed.
    Thanks
     
  2. excuseme

    excuseme Well-Known Member Registered

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    How old is your puppy? Is that her in your avatar, she is gorgeous but looks very young.
    I hope you have not been persuaded to do it too young:eek:
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  3. Helen Wells

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    She's almost 6 months now. The photo is quite old!
     
  4. merlina

    merlina Well-Known Member Registered

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    I'd wait till she's bit more mature. ;)
     
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  5. Helen Wells

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    The vet told me it's best to do just before 6 months for a small breed....
     
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    Biker John Well-Known Member Registered

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    Most people say that they should be spayed mid way between seasons, and definitely after her first to allow her to fully develop.
     
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  7. Helen Wells

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    Appreciate your replies but I'm happy with the vet advice to do it before her first season.
    I was just looking to hear experiences of what it's like for the 2 weeks afterwards
     
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  8. excuseme

    excuseme Well-Known Member Registered

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    It may be convenient for both yourself and your vet but is it fair to such a very young puppy. There are health issues that can be linked to an early spaying. No doubt your vet has not mentioned any negative effects!

    All of our girls are intact, none of them are spayed, the oldest at the moment is 10.5 years.
    In 55 years of owning female dogs, (and I've had quiet a few) there have only been 2 of which were spayed later in life and that was for various health reasons recommended by my vet at the time (which I probably would not have done had I known more about it as I do now!!)

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  9. excuseme

    excuseme Well-Known Member Registered

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    It may be convenient for both yourself and your vet but is it fair to such a very young puppy. There are health issues that can be linked to an early spaying.
    All of our girls are intact, none of them are spayed, the oldest at the moment is 10.5 years.
    In 55 years of owning female dogs, (and I've had quiet a few) there have only been 2 of which were spayed and that was for various health reasons recommended by my vet at the time (which I probably would not have done had I known more about it as I do now!!)

    The link below is appropriate for most of our pets and puppies, not just Gundogs.
    It is worth a read.
    Should we neuter dogs?
    Another;
    Is it wise to neuter? | Affinity Dog Training

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  10. Helen Wells

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    I find this extremely rude. I'm not doing it now because it's "convenient". I'm doing it because I've had conversations with the vet and done research and have seen that there are health benefits from spaying before the first heat. I wouldn't do anything to potential harm my puppy for my convenience.
     
  11. excuseme

    excuseme Well-Known Member Registered

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    I do not accept that it is rude!
    Just a few realistic comments which we are all entitled to have.

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  12. Helen Wells

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    Maybe just answer the question I asked or just stay quiet, rather than being offensive?
     
  13. merlina

    merlina Well-Known Member Registered

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    Whoa! This forum like most others only works because we all feel able to speak honestly. And inevitably its on the side of dogs- who can't speak for themselves. Only the moderator has the power to silence individual members. Quite rightly so.
     
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  14. Helen Wells

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    Last message to you. I am following scientific advice and recommendations of an expert rather than someone I don't know online. If you think this is the wrong thing for me to do,so be it.
    All I wanted was a few ideas for keeping her comfortable post operation.
     
  15. JudyN

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    OK... We all know there are strong feelings on the best-time-to-neuter debate. @Helen Wells has spoken to her vet, done her research, and we should accept her decision that she is doing what she thinks is best for her dog. Please, no more comments on when to neuter - that isn't the point of this thread. I'm sure many here will have experience of aftercare after spaying, so hopefully they can tell you what to expect.

    I have a boy dog, but a couple of things I can think of...

    1) The anaesthetic, coupled with the stress of being in a strange, possibly scary place, can screw with a dog's head. It's not uncommon for a dog to seem drugged up for hours after the op, and some may even cry for most of the first 24 hours... as I know from experience... So if this does happen, don't panic - though of course ring your vet if you're at all confused.

    2) Start planning for calm games to play in the home, or other ways to keep her occupied when she can't exercise properly. There's some ideas here: Mental enrichment for dogs
     
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  16. Helen Wells

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    Thanks Judy, this is really helpful. How did you find him when you say "drugged up"? Was it tiredness or disorientation or aggression?

    Did you go with the cone option too or a suit to stop him licking the stitches. I can't imagine her keeping a cone on, but could be wrong! She may just get used to it.

    Thanks again
     
  17. JudyN

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    I have a vid of him from a couple of years back, after he'd had an argument with a barbed wire fence and had to be stitched up: He's panting, drooling, looking very anxious, and his back end is shaky. So mostly disorientation. He did once turn aggressive a few days after an op when hubby and I tried to leave the house together, so he must have been really frightened at the thought of being left.

    He does tend to overreact to pretty much anything though, and sighthounds aren't good with sedation in general, so don't assume that this will happen - your pup may well have a long snooze and then wake up completely herself again!

    I did use a cone - he would walk into a doorway, the cone would hit the doorframe, and he would stop and just stand there for ages, not having a clue what to do. We swapped it for a Comfy Cone, which was better: https://www.amazon.co.uk/All-Four-P...05&hvtargid=pla-355206311261&psc=1&th=1&psc=1 Inflatable dog collars look good, though I've never tried one. I don't know if dog pjs work for this? You can get ones designed for after surgery (google 'dog recovery suit'). Check with your vet, though, it might be that a dog can chew the wound through the fabric, or that it's best to let the air get to the wound.
     
  18. Helen Wells

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    Awww poor Jasper ! He looks very shaky

    Thanks Judy, this is all really helpful.
     
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  19. Tinytom

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    In my experience lurchers are very whingy after anesthetic especially spaying terriers are a bit more hardy :D:emoji_dog2:...my bitches have always been done after their first season but my jack russell had a phantom pregnancy which was awful for her ...in america both dogs and bitches are neutered as early as 3 mths in rescue ...i think its a personal decision when to spay ...
    I would buy a suitical its like a babys all in one vest and is brillant for stopping her getting to her wound without the need for a cone ....i always took a week off of work when i knew my dogs were going to be neutered to keep an eye on them ...
    Get in some light food eg white fish and butternut squash or mashed potatoes for a day or two after her spay ...
    And try not to worry ;)
     
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  20. Rinkydinkydo

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    You are right about terriers
     
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