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Layla is being quite the little princess since her spay surgery on Friday...She will not get off the couch to eat or drink, you must bring it to her and she will only take food from your hand, not the bowl. Needless to say she has not eaten much - a little bit of chicken, I had made a crock pot full of chicken and rice for them on Friday, she doesn't want the rice. I browned up some ground beef for her, she will eat a bit of that, but no kibble and no canned dog food. She will take the occasional ice cube from us.

She is still hurting, I can tell, and feel bad for her...she will hop off of the couch when someone comes in, and then goes and rolls on the floor in pain. I think maybe the sutures are pulling right now....We have to help her up on the furniture - she stands there and cries, but can't stop her from jumping down - she's sneaky.

E Collars and Tshirts are not going to stop Layla from getting at her stitches. I took an old ribbed tank top, cut extra holes in it (she could escape otherwise), and rubber band it behind her shoulders. I had finally gotten her settled down at about 2:30 this morning, and started to fall asleep (she is a couch hog), at 4 am she got the e collar off, I thought she still has that tshirt, it's fairly secure...and tried to go back to sleep...at 5 am she is laying on top of me, spread eagle - no tshirt LOL. I swear the look on her face said "mom I am being good, really, I am just letting the air get at it".

I had 3 old dogs go through hysterectomies, and none of them had as difficult of a time as little Layla seems to be having...What a diva! Two weeks of this is going to kill me. I have slept maybe 5 hours total since Friday. I feel bad but I may have to resort to the cone instead of the inflatable e collar, and put her in her crate - she won't be able to move, but I guess that could be a good thing.

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Oh dear! Get better soon Layla, so your mommy can get some sleep at least!

What a diva, but hey if I were in her place, I'd milk it for all it's worth too... I'm a diva too ;)
 

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Oof, she sounds like a bit of a handful right now! Maybe try some rescue remedy or something to calm her down a little? Or maybe even ask the vet for a bit of a sedative so you can relax? I know that may sound awful, but I'm sure you and Layla both need some peace and quiet. Poor girl(s).
 

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Aww :( Hayden HATED her t-shirt. As soon as she was away from any attention she'd take it off.

Our vet gave me pain pills for after the pain shot wore off (I had a vet before that would not give pain shots stating it's better that they feel the pain so they take it easy.. I'm sorry but if you go moving stuff around inside of me and cutting some pieces... you better give me a freakin' pain shot). She was VERY drunk from the shot lol she slept the entire day and night. The next day she was fine. I gave her a pill and she slept a good amount but still stayed calm. After that she didn't even seem to need the pills. I gave her one the 3rd day hoping it would calm her down but it didn't.. so I stopped them.

I would probably feel horrible if my baby was like that :(
 

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thanks all,

Rescue remedy is not helping... I am tempted to give her two benadryl, but knowing my luck it will make her bonkers.

I rigged up another tshirt for her, and I think I may have made it much more difficult to escape. I was able to put her in her crate with the inflatable collar and leave for an hour to run some errands. I think her stitches are still there LOL... the tshirt looked undisturbed. I will try that again tonight, I'll still stay close by on the couch just in case...but maybe I can get some sleep if she is crated.

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What pain meds did they send you home with? If you're out and you think she needs more, call and speak to a technician or the vet. Some dogs experience more pain that others.
 

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When we had Emma Rose spayed a couple of months ago they didn't do any external stitches. The stitches were internal and then they just glued the skin together on the outside. She didn't have to wear an e-collar or anything. I think we were lucky. LOL A couple of days of pain pills and you'd never know she had been spayed.
 

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What pain meds did they send you home with? If you're out and you think she needs more, call and speak to a technician or the vet. Some dogs experience more pain that others.

NO pain meds, they said she wouldn't need them. I even asked about giving her aspirin if she needed it, they said she wouldn't. I wonder how they KNOW that? LOL! I know they don't want them to over do it, which is part of the reason they won't give any meds... but geesh, if my insides were all cut up I would need meds.

She does seem to be feeling a bit better this afternoon, I hope we have been through the worst of it now.
 

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i would demand pain meds. my girl was sent home with a patch (3 years ago) and that helped the initial time.
good luck
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I loved the Fentanyl patch for Ben's abdominal surgery pain - except for the extra shaved patch on his side.
Our vet forbids beds, chairs and sofas for two weeks postop. And the minimum possible stairs - only for potty breaks, not going up and down a full flight for any reason. His rational is the extra movement encourages swelling at the incision site, which can lead to other problems, including pain.
We have always gotten pain meds postop, usually given on a schedule for the first 2 days home, then only as needed. It makes a huge difference. I've had 2 abdominal surgeries and would hate to think of going home without something, if needed.
 

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Oh man, the fentanyl patches are fantastic, except, as Baja said, for that ****** shaved patch on their side.

Frankly, I would call your vet and demand some pain medication or a sedative. I know we got sent home with some Rimadyl when Flora had been spayed, and they had given her a pain shot as well just before I picked her up.

I hope your pup feels better soon. Hopefully in a couple more days she'll stop hurting.
 
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