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post #1 of 29
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Sorry this isn't cat realted but need a few suggestions from knowledgeable people like my friends at TCS. I am taking Nakita in tomorrow for her spaying.

Since I got her last week she has made progress in trusting me. She will just now let me pet her without shying away from the movement of my hand. I know that she seemed to be really traumatized by being in that tiny cage they had her in at the Humane Society. I have to leave her allday at the vets office and I know that they will put her in a cage until they do her surgery and also to recover. Will this set her back two steps in the trust that she has been building with me? I have to get her spayed....period. But I don't want to lose the trust that she has been making with me because of this.

Any suggestions as to what I can do for her that will help on this trust issue? Thanks for any suggestions.
post #2 of 29
It should not set her back. Once she gets home give her lots of attention (within the limits set for her surgery recovery) and you may actually make progress.

Since you say this is not cat related I want to ask, is she a dog?

George
post #3 of 29
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Quote:
Originally posted by CharmsDad
It should not set her back. Once she gets home give her lots of attention (within the limits set for her surgery recovery) and you may actually make progress.

Since you say this is not cat related I want to ask, is she a dog?

George
Yep she is the husky that I adopted last week. Her picture is in my new siggy. Thanks George for the suggestion. I am so afraid that she will regress in the trust that she has built with me. Hopefully she will be fine and I can still handle her when all is done tomorrow.
post #4 of 29
I would take an old pair of sneakers and put them on barefoot and wear them around your house and get them good and sweaty and put one of them with her in the cage to keep her calm. Make sure you don't mind if she chews on it.
post #5 of 29
blondiecat, we seem to be posting at the same time. I just left you another message.

George
post #6 of 29
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally posted by hissy
I would take an old pair of sneakers and put them on barefoot and wear them around your house and get them good and sweaty and put one of them with her in the cage to keep her calm. Make sure you don't mind if she chews on it.
Thanks MA I will do that I have never had a female animal before and am not sure what to expect after her surgery. I know I have written a list of questions for the vet, so maybe I can get all of my questions answered however silly he may think they are.
post #7 of 29
We had misty spayed at 8 weights and he healed REALLY fast. Our SPCA wont let them go until they are fixed. Our girl kitties all recoved quickly, even snowwhite.
Good luck! I'll keep your sweetie in my thoughts!
post #8 of 29
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Quote:
Originally posted by Princess Purr
We had misty spayed at 8 weights and he healed REALLY fast. Our SPCA wont let them go until they are fixed. Our girl kitties all recoved quickly, even snowwhite.
Good luck! I'll keep your sweetie in my thoughts!
Thanks Val The SPCA here didn't want me to take her home the day I adopted her but decided that since the vet wasn't able to do the spay until a week later and she was scheduled to be put down in a couple of days that they would let me take her on home. With a promise and a threat of a huge fine that I would keep the scheduled appointment for her surgery.
post #9 of 29
If you have won Nakita's trust and love, nothing will change that. After the operation, and you pick her up to bring her home, I bet she will be so overjoyed to see you that you will ask yourself if Nakita even realizes she has been spayed.
post #10 of 29
Ellie Mae was our fearful dog that we found dumped on the side of the road. She would fear-pee each time we tried to pet her at first. When we had her neutered, she was so happy to see us when she got home that she was all waggly and smiling. She was about 18 months old when we found her and had her spayed within a week. Spaying might be a little harder when they are older, but she recovered very quickly.

A cage can actually be comforting to a dog that has been crate trained, so she might not be stressed out as much as you think at the vets. Our Sampson is taking well to his crate - sleeps in it most of the time (when he isn't sleeping in our laps) and we use it to feed him and sometimes for "time-outs" when he is particularly rowdy with the cats. If you ever board Nakita, suggest that you get her used to a crate so she isn't stressed during boarding.
post #11 of 29
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I just got Nakita home from the vet Poor baby is so sore and just wants to sleep. I tried to give her a little food but she doesn't want to eat anything. She threw up in the car on the way home and you could tell it was just the stomache fluids(Sorry if too gross for anyone). I have her settled in and will just keep an eye on her tonight. Me I probaly will not get any sleep tonight for checking on her but that is okay I will feel better once she feels better

About how long will this all last now? I know the vet told me not to let her climb stairs, run or rough house with another dog for about 4 days and also no baths either. She was glad to see me when I picked her up I was really afraid that she would be scared of me again, like when I adopted her last week.

Could I get some healing vibes for Nakita tonight??
post #12 of 29
I hope Nakita feels better soon, as you said she probably needs a good nights sleep.
post #13 of 29
Cathi, I'm sorry to hear Nakita got sick and is not feeling well. I don't know how fast dogs usually recover from being spayed, but if it's simular to cats then she should feel a lot better in the morning. She should also have her appetite back. Hang in there mommy, Nakita will recover just fine.

Me and the girls are sending you and Nakita major healing vibes! (((HUGS)))
Keep us posted on her progress.
post #14 of 29
When we got our German Shepard puppy spayed we had to literally carry her around she was so sore but she was better after about a week. Sending healing vibes to Nakita, don't worry cathi she'll be fine soon..
post #15 of 29
It's normal for her to look like she's miserable the day of the surgery. Between the after effects of the anesthesia and the surgery the normal is to just let them go right to sleep. She may want a little water (not to much), but I wouldn't expect her to want to eat at all.

Tomorrow morning she should look 1,000% better. She'll still be sore but I doubt it will be bad. Within two or three days she'll act like nothing ever happened and the problem becomes trying to keep her activity low so she'll heal faster (usually for a week after the surgery.)

She'll associate you with being there for her when she doesn't feel well, not with the surgery itself.

The standard that I'm used to is no bath for two weeks after surgery.

George
post #16 of 29
Awwww!! Healing *hugs* for Nakita. You will feel better in the morning girl!!
post #17 of 29
Forgive me, I forgot to mention - you and Nakita are in our thoughts. Wishing for a quick and easy recovery.

George
post #18 of 29
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the healing vibes for my girl She was up and walking around just a little while ago. She didn't walk around a whole lot before she went to lay back down.

I feel so bad for her I let her lay her head in my lap and I just rubbed her head and talked to her for a while. She seemed to almost smile at me I will make her some chicken and rice if I can't get her to eat her food in the morning maybe that will tempt her to eat a little. She is the sweetest girl One thing for sure she has stolen my heart
post #19 of 29
Don't try to force to her to eat if she's not ready. It won't hurt her to not eat for another day if she's not up to it. Chances are she'll feel like eating by tomorrow evening at the latest though.

George
post #20 of 29
I bet if you baby her big time when she comes home....this could turn out a very good bonding experience for you both
Lorien
post #21 of 29
Healing vibes for Nakita - she'll be fine I'm sure.
post #22 of 29
So how's she doing today?
post #23 of 29
Poor babydog! I'm sure she will associate you with bringing her home, talking to her, babying her and getting her out of the hateful vets office! Hopefully, she is feeling better today.
post #24 of 29
Thread Starter 
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Originally posted by CharmsDad
So how's she doing today?
I am pleased that she seems to be feeling a whole lot better today She was up walking around with Nemo and seemed like she wasn't in a whole lot of pain either. I did notice that when she started to run with Nemo she stopped and started walking after a few running steps, so I know she is feeling it for sure. All in all she looks 100% better than yesterday She has her appetite back and wants a whole lot of lovin too She really is a beautiful and sweet girl
post #25 of 29
Awwwwwwww! Cathi I'm so happy that Nakita is feeling better! She's still in my thoughts as with you.. hugs!
post #26 of 29
Yay! I'm happy to hear Nakita is doing much better.
post #27 of 29
Sounds like she's doing great. I know more and more vets are sending females home the day of the surgery. The animals always seem in such awful condition, but it helps in the recovery to get into a familiar environment, and since there is rarely anyone at the vet's office overnight it's actually safer to be home where someone will be around to watch. The "problem" is that the dog or cat seems to be in such awful condition this first night many people worry.

I'm happy for both you and Nakita.

George
post #28 of 29
Thread Starter 
Wow does anyone know how to keep Nakita from running and rough-housing with Nemo? She seems to be getting along fine and not in a lot of pain now. I know that she does get tired easier than before her surgery. The vet told me not to let her do anything like this for 4 days, it has only been 2 days since her surgery.

I don't want to confine her to a small area but that looks like what I need to do in order for her to rest and stop the rough playing with Nemo. I hate to seperate them now since they have become such good friends.

Geez if I could only have recovered so quickly when I had surgery I am glad that these two have become really great friends I got the feeling that they could be double trouble if not properly supervised. That is a challenge I am willing to take on whole heartedly.
post #29 of 29
Keeping a Siberian calm? Oh, that's a challenge! You've got the right idea to keep her in a room. Harsh as it may seem, it really is in her best interest. A little play is probably OK, but for the next couple of days it is best if you keep her activity level under control. Do you have a crate? Keeping her locked in there when you're out may be a good idea too. Once she's healed enough it won't be an issue, but you have the absolutely most athletic and energetic breed of dog, and you have to keep her quite. I know it's a challenge, but a couple of days of grief (for you) is worth ensuring she heals well.

Been there plenty of times so I know what you're going through.

George
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