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Emma will be spayed tomorrow and I'm a wreck

Hi guys I've been gone a while. But if course, when I have questions, I come here.

Things have been going very smoothly for us. It tomorrow I'll be taking Emma for her spay. She's just shy of two years old.

I keep reading recovery is two weeks. But keeping this girl quiet for two weeks is going to be a chore.

Do you have any suggestions?

Also, how long before the muscle incision, the subcutaneous, and the skin incision are each completely closed?

Many thanks in advance!!!!
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Oh I forgot to ask....any ideas as to whether I could request Tramadol or something to keep her mellow?
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It has been a while since I had a girl spayed (Gracie is 10 and the other 2 dogs are boys) but I can tell you with certainty that the vet will send you home with something for pain. In the case of my boys when they were neutered it was Tramadol one time and Rimadyl the other. As I recall the girls do have to be kept quiet for 14 days but this doesn't mean they have to just lie about. It means no crazy wrestling with other dogs, no long walks, no running or jumping. For the first 2 days your baby won't feel like doing much of anything anyway (especially the day you bring her home). She may not even want to eat that night. That is pretty normal. The vet may give you a cone to prevent her from kicking her incision. My bridge girl, Maggie, healed quite fast and was out of her cone within about 5 days. The stitches used were the sort that just sort of disolve so we didn't have to go back for removal. I know you are worried about your girl. You'd be a pretty awful mom if you weren't. It will be ok tho. Just keep her quiet after the surgery and she should heal fairly fast. Sending lots of positive thoughts for you and Emma tomorrow.

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It has been a while since I had a girl spayed (Gracie is 10 and the other 2 dogs are boys) but I can tell you with certainty that the vet will send you home with something for pain. In the case of my boys when they were neutered it was Tramadol one time and Rimadyl the other. As I recall the girls do have to be kept quiet for 14 days but this doesn't mean they have to just lie about. It means no crazy wrestling with other dogs, no long walks, no running or jumping. For the first 2 days your baby won't feel like doing much of anything anyway (especially the day you bring her home). She may not even want to eat that night. That is pretty normal. The vet may give you a cone to prevent her from kicking her incision. My bridge girl, Maggie, healed quite fast and was out of her cone within about 5 days. The stitches used were the sort that just sort of disolve so we didn't have to go back for removal. I know you are worried about your girl. You'd be a pretty awful mom if you weren't. It will be ok tho. Just keep her quiet after the surgery and she should heal fairly fast. Sending lots of positive thoughts for you and Emma tomorrow.


Thank you!!!!!

I've always had boys all my life except for two girls. Emma is the second. And I just don't know how to keep her quiet.

The doctor told me she's going to come home with pain killers but I want to ask for something to take the edge off. She's VERY intense and active.

And what can I say. She's my life.
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Luna was spayed this past October & the anticipation was the worse. I dropped her off at 9am and they called me about noon to say everything went well & Luna was up & resting. Gbear is right Luna did not want to eat that first night. She was on antibiotics & pain meds for a week so she really wasn't too active. The last few days were the worse so I just got a few extra marrow bones to keep her busy. Good luck and you'll just be glad once it's over.
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Luna was spayed this past October & the anticipation was the worse. I dropped her off at 9am and they called me about noon to say everything went well & Luna was up & resting. Gbear is right Luna did not want to eat that first night. She was on antibiotics & pain meds for a week so she really wasn't too active. The last few days were the worse so I just got a few extra marrow bones to keep her busy. Good luck and you'll just be glad once it's over.


Yup she loves her marrow bones. I'll get those. And her kong.

I'm going to miss her in bed.
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Because Chloe was back to normal crazy self the next day we asked for some sedatives. We used them a couple times at night. Because she wouldn't sleep when she couldn't exercise. We used it once during the day when my niece and nephew were over because that is when she was the most energetic. I think we gave it to her three times. They gave us ACE but didn't like how it affected her so quickly. She came home about 4 in the afternoon and seemed to be out of the effects by that night. Stupid her jumped on the bed that night. We borrowed my sisters crate because we didn't use one. We should of put it upstairs at night because then she might of slept. You can do some mind games or even some dog puzzles.

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Because Chloe was back to normal crazy self the next day we asked for some sedatives. We used them a couple times at night. Because she wouldn't sleep when she couldn't exercise. We used it once during the day when my niece and nephew were over because that is when she was the most energetic. I think we gave it to her three times. They gave us ACE but didn't like how it affected her so quickly. She came home about 4 in the afternoon and seemed to be out of the effects by that night. Stupid her jumped on the bed that night. We borrowed my sisters crate because we didn't use one. We should of put it upstairs at night because then she might of slept. You can do some mind games or even some dog puzzles.

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Emma will be staying in the hospital overnight. I'll pick her up on Friday.

The jumping is one of the things I worry about. She is just a BOING BOING BOING kind of girl.

She's been out of the crate at night for six months now. But I think she'll accept being back in it with no problem.
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With her being close to two you should have a much easier time then We did. Chloe was only six months. Chloe didn't helave any visible stitches and never had to go back. Even with her sometimes doing stuff she shouldn't of she healed nicely and quick. Just do the best you can to stop anything that gets to rambunctious and don't freak out if she does something she shouldn't. Just do your best and don't encourage anything.

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My Nala is a jumper! Unfortunately, she hated the crate. She never needed the cone and I was with her 24/7. I would tie her in an open space, with a blanket on the floor and her toys, so she could still be near me and be safe. Marrow bones were a lifesaver for me too. I started worrying less, by day 4, when she was pretty much, back to normal.
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