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6yo bitch spayed today, advice/peace of mind please

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TooTabooToBoo Wed 24-Jul-13 22:58:03

She is reluctant to walk out to the back garden, hasn't wee'd (op was at 11am ish)

She's refused food and water.

I'm about to go to bed so have put her cone collar on but am worried she will want a drink in the night and not be able to get to her bowl.

I've a 16 week old baby or I would happily sleep downstairs with the dog (no other adult in the house)

Any advice re the water? I have just dipped my fingers in and wet her muzzle and gums.

Am I just being PFD, does she sound normal?

pregnantpause Tue 30-Jul-13 07:49:06

Well, I feel rather silly already. Pup is up and about, has weed and pooped and even had a scrambled egg. She's still grumpy, and sleepy, but I've had to stop her trying to jump onto the sofa this morning so it can't be that bad. (although her hind legs give way still)
I did put her collar on again this morning, it makes her fall over as her legs hit it and it drags on the floor. She fell ths morning and cried, it obviously hurt. I think they've given me one that's too big, she's a basset hound, so a large dog, but her legs are short. I've taken it off her again, but I have to go out for an hour later- she'll have to have it on while I'm gone- poor thing.

digerd Tue 30-Jul-13 09:17:14

I wish mine would buck herself up as imagining the worst blush.
She took 3 little laps of water and then turned her head away and still hasn't moved. Looks at me with an offended expression.
Her scar which was really raised and angry red looking is healing rapidly, which I'm relieved about. smile

TooTabooToBoo Tue 30-Jul-13 10:05:34

If you're worried digerd give the vets a quick call.

Glad pup is brighter PP, if she can't move with

TooTabooToBoo Tue 30-Jul-13 10:07:41

collar on then she'll have to sit and recover quietly grin while you're out, rather that than her get at her stitches!

My girl's bruising looks much better today, can't wait to take her out properly!

digerd Tue 30-Jul-13 10:32:03

Was this bruising bright red along the incision line? Vets said it was bruising{hmm]. That at least is much better this morning.

pregnantpause Tue 30-Jul-13 11:00:13

Pp pup went doolally when I took dd to playscheme. Barking, jumping, and broke her collar. the vet said they will make her a dog tshirt (for 18 poundshock )
I'm glad she's up, but confident she will damage herself soonsad

Dieg- any drink is good, and as you said your dog is normally quiet. If she's healing well and not distressed I'm sure she'll be okay.

TooTabooToBoo Tue 30-Jul-13 11:50:42

No, her bruise was either side and dark purple. Her scar itself was very red, but wasn't hot to touch (which in humans indicates infection, assume same with animals?)

She had internal stitches though.

digerd Tue 30-Jul-13 11:57:30

I decided to try the vets tinned food I was given to entice her to buck up, and it did! Fed her a bit on my finger while wearing the collar and she went mad for it. But that wretched collar puts her off balance when she walks, so took it off and she ate the rest from a saucer as has a very short muzzle. She gobbled it up, but then suddenly whipped round and tried to lick her area, so had to put the collar back on.

Still didn't want to drink though. Just given her painkilling drops as she lay on her side with one leg up in the air and began to shiver.
She is a Lhasa Apso- doesn't do excitable except when I come home after being out for a short while. She is so non-reactive , but that also applies to obeying orders !.

digerd Tue 30-Jul-13 12:17:15

Hope she doesn't injure herself. They are normally a laid back breed but she is still young and excitable.

Mine is supposed to have the stitches inside too, but right at the bottom I can see a tiny black one. Her scar is only about 2.5" long, if that. She is small for her breed.

digerd Tue 30-Jul-13 15:11:28

Her scar is actually only 1.5 " long.
Just had a nap and when I came back into the room, she was waiting for me and did her usual joyous wiggles and hops in a circle, when I noticed she had got her collar offshock. Within a few seconds she was twitching and reaching underneath her to have a nibble/lick, so it went back on.
Took her outside but she didn't do anything and when she tried to sniff the grass, her nose couldn't reach it, and she sat down in the wet grass for some reason,so we went back in with her furry paws , legs, bum and chest all wetconfused. But at last she has roused herselfsmile

pregnantpause Tue 30-Jul-13 15:53:35

When I'm here she's very laid back. Turns into a crazed wild thing when I'm gone. Yes the vets food seems very tasty for them, I got a digestive aid one that she went mad for.
In glad yours is up and about. Tofay my pups mood swings between normal and bouncy and exhausted and sulky. But I'm not feeling guilty and terrified today.

digerd Tue 30-Jul-13 17:55:49

Me too. Mine has eaten another lot of the tinned food and drunk some water at last - big relief. Still having the jerks and turning to try look underneath her and assume one of the stitches is suddenly pricking her. So worrying when they can't tell you - just like a baby. But then the collar knocks something and frightens her. It's always one leg she holds up and away from her body when it happens.
She does not have purple/black bruising, assume it's the little black stitch which should be under the skin but is on tophmm.

I'm not leaving the house this week, except with her tomorrow for the vet check up. Wonder if I'll get some more of that tinned food free?hmm

digerd Tue 30-Jul-13 18:58:42

Hope the bruising has healed.
When can your dog have her collar removed permanently?

digerd Wed 31-Jul-13 14:18:37

Got up this morning and she greeted me with a waggly tail. Collar still on but the tie had come away. Just been out and took the collar off as she couldn't get her short nose on the ground and then she was transformed to her old self. Loads of wees, but wouldn't let her clean herself, so took tissues with me and did it myselfsmile
Then she did a poop for the first time since Monday at 6.30am pre-op.
It is only 48 hours since her op. Her scar redness has almost gone, but her op area looks a bit swollen but no bruising to see yet.

How are your girls doing today OP and pp?

pregnantpause Wed 31-Jul-13 17:52:03

That's great dige. Mine has abandoned the collar for her rather stupid looking tshirt. But she's great. Normal, if a bit fussy having enjoyed the special wet food, she now feels her usual dry complete is contemptible.
Post op check this morning, her scar is fine, no swelling, no redness, all on tracksmile
I hope other anxious people read this and see how much anxiety (on the owners part) is normal. I was soo worried on Monday, it was so comforting to know her reaction was normal.

digerd Wed 31-Jul-13 19:56:47

Yes, I agree. My vet's check up today was very good, considering she is so tiny. She does have some swelling which I noticed, but she didn't flinch when vet felt it. She said it was bruising inside but is obviously not painful. The black stitch I saw was infact a speck of dried blood.

Finished the food and wasn't given another sad. See how she will react tomorrow when she's back to her normal foodhmm

I'm intrigued with the 'jumper' - is it made of indestructible material then?

pregnantpause Thu 01-Aug-13 18:14:30

It's a swimsuit for dogs. Really. That's what it is. But with popper buttons like a babygrow for toileting. She's really started licking Tue area now though, the hair is growing back and is presumably itchy. So the swimsuit is wet around her tummy. Very embarrassing for me and the doggrin

TooTabooToBoo Thu 01-Aug-13 18:57:07

Ah so glad they're both doing well, mine is absolutely fine and the bruising has gone. One week on and she's fine.

I'm still not keen to let her off lead but I need to as she's going stir crazy!

I had a visitor this morning and the dog lay on her back and exposed her baldness as if to get sympathy Lol!

digerd Fri 02-Aug-13 11:09:47

Glad they are both doing well. smile at her lying on her back to the visitor. The wet suit sounds a good idea, but as mine wees like a male dog - every few seconds with one leg upgrinhmm, would have to leave the back end open.
Mine is a quiet non-excitable breed, but this morning met her golden retriever love of her life and she acted like an excitable puppy. Defo has a crush on him smile.

TooTabooToBoo Fri 02-Aug-13 11:30:38

sounds like the op was just in time then!! grin

digerd Fri 02-Aug-13 17:45:07

grin. She is only 10 " high and he towers above her. I can't imagine how he could do the deed and he is neutered anyway. His name is Bradley - she has very good taste smile

pregnantpause Fri 02-Aug-13 18:39:27

Funny you should say that- a randy chiuaha (sp) was throwing himself at my garden gate this morning-the swimsuit must have set him off.

digerd Fri 02-Aug-13 19:10:54

pp grin A new designer dog X breed - a Chibasshmm.
Apparently when in season an entire dog and female will find a way irrespective of size differences. The mind boggles grin

pregnantpause Fri 02-Aug-13 21:43:55

I was thinking a chowhoundgrin

digerd Sat 03-Aug-13 15:39:49

Or a basschi * Basswah*? Think I like the last one. Said out loud it sounds french chicgrin

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