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I'm so nervous. I know it is the best thing for her, but i'm very worried.

Our vet insists on keeping her overnight, but no one is there at night. Is that weird to anyone else? She's never spent a night alone. I hate to even think about it.

Has anyone had any bad experiences when getting their dog spayed?
 

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Shyla sailed through it great. I took her in at 7:30 and picked her up at 5:30. Personally, I do not see the point in keeping her at the vet's if no one is there. I would much rather bring her home.
 
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I had a bad experience with neutering but it was something that couldn't have been prevented. If Sabian would have stayed the night it would probably been detected SOONER. So you just never know. Get the prelab work up done and Miss Molly will bw fine! yvonne
 

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I've had all of mine spayed/neutered and never had a problem with any of them. LUkcily my vet lets them come home the same day. I miss them terribly if I am away from them at night.

Prelab work is blood work that they do prior to the surgery to make sure nothing looks out of whack to them. My vet does it with my older dogs, but not the younger dogs. I imagine, though, that each vet is different.

We'll be slinging drool your way on Thursday!
 

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At the vet clinic where I work we keep spays overnight even though no one is there. It is easier to keep a dog calm with little movement if kenneled.
We have found that when people take spays home the same day as the surgery we have had some infection and opening of the incision from simple the movement loading into the car, or being taken outside to go to the bathroom. At the clinic they stay in the kennel after the surgery until the next day when they are picked up. On a couple occasion we do let spays go home if we feel the owner understands the importance keeping her rested. Most of the time they are still groggy from the surgery that they sleep most of the time anyways and it doesn;t seem to bother most dogs to stay.
The prelab work at my clinic is optional, because it is an extra charge. We always recommend but some people don't want to pay the extra coin. It checks organ function and ensure the red and white blood cells are in mormal range as well as the platelets. If there is anything abnormal the vet would call you right away.
I'm sure everything will be fine! Good luck!
 

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i just had sadie spayed last week. i had the lab work done and she spent the night. i needed to make a trip out of town to attend to a family member so sadie ended up staying 1 week at the vets. the vet boards dogs as well...the vet has someone on duty 24/7. i felt quilty about leaving her but all of that faded when she came romping toward me newly groomed and sporting her brand new pink stitches. the vet said she did just fine.....
Molly will do just fine...and be romping around by saturday.

[ February 21, 2006, 07:56 PM: Message edited by: jmm ]
 
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I would strongly suggest the lab work. I was planning on getting Mollie spayed a month ago. I took her to get her bloodwork and she has high liver counts. So I have to take her back for blood work soon. I've never done it before for any of my animals but sure am glad I did it with her.

Good luck

[ February 22, 2006, 12:14 PM: Message edited by: Mollie and Maggie ]
 

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I asked my veterinarian years ago why she kept dogs overnight following most surgeries involving anesthesia. She said she had more conplications, bleeding, vmomiting, etc in dogs that went home with their owners. Owners don't always follow post-op instructions and give food when they shouldn't, don't keep the dog confined, give aspirin thinking it will ease pain, etc. Of course all of us here always do what our vets say. If a dog needs constant monitoring it goes to the emergency clinic or 24 hr hospital like Tufts.

Exceptions are made for clients she's known long enough to be confident they'll follow post-op instructions.

Lab Work is optional but owners have to sign a release and I'm pretty sure in the case of older or sdogs they would refuse to do the surgery without adequate pre-op testing.

Miss Molly will be just fine!
 
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