My dog got spayed! Tips for when you spay your puppy.

Spaying your puppy…a very normal practice in today’s society. Unfortunately when your puppy turns at least 6 months, you must decide to spay/neuter your pup! My puppy just got spayed and I definitely appreciate all the information people gave me beforehand. So I decided it would probably be best to share everything I was told with you all to make your life and your puppy’s life easier post surgery.

Why you need to spay early!

Now this is more of a personal choice…but I chose to spay my doodle at 6 months. Reason being: lowers their risk of cancer. Some choose to wait till after the pup’s first heat which apparently helps muscle growth. This is all a very personal choice but I do recommend spaying as early as you can unless you may be thinking of breeding.

My puppy at 5 months started PMS’ing, she was all over the place and you could tell she was closer to when she would get her first heat. She would not sit still. It was very hard to just relax with her as we did before this phase. This is my first dog I have ever had so if it is yours, I really do recommend spaying to avoid the attitude/behavioral changes that come with your pup going into heat. It was pretty extreme at times and I was super thankful that diminished once we spayed her.

Do your research on your vet…

I visited three different vet’s before I picked the one that would spay her. All three of these vets had extremely high ratings on Google reviews and I personally know other dog owners who have went to them. The first signs were all great. However, the first two were extremely expensive. Prices were absurd and I could not believe it. So I wanted to make sure this was legit how much I should be spending. PS I am all for spending however much money to keep my girl healthy BUT do not want to be ripped off either. I was then referred to the third vet (and final) who I was told they do not try to charge you for things you do not need.

When I visited this vet, he let me know that he makes sure to not charge for things not everyone would need. For example: a 6 month old puppy getting spayed is less at risk to complications than a 2 year old dog. Other vets charge you for these extra precautionary add on’s like blood tests, extra fluid during surgery, etc. All of these which a 6 month old puppy may not really need. He let me know that I really do not need to invest my money into these as my puppy is young and healthy.

Make sure the vet feels right for you.

At the end of the day, this surgery is done so often, these vets could probably do it with their eyes closed. I felt comfort in knowing this guy was not trying to charge me for every little thing. He seemed like he cared about my pup and all the reviews I have heard were positive. So he was the winning vet for this job (no regrets – he did great)! To sum it all up, definitely do your research and do not be afraid to switch vets. Even if you have to switch three times! Do what is best for you and your pup.

You wouldn’t want to wear a cone, so skip out on it for your puppy!

Seriously…you heard it correctly. Those cones look like they can make anyone miserable. I am not surprised puppies hate them so much. Especially the awful plastic cones that are heavy! Get yourself a dog surgical onesie or a recovery suit and make your dog happy! My vet gave me the cone initially and I had the onesie on just to be extra cautious. Ruby was absolutely miserable from this cone. Would not move. Did not want to eat or drink. She just looked so sad.

However, every time I would slide that cone off of her head, her old self would come back. My puppy was never interested in her incision so I never had to worry about her licking through her onesie. So I threw out that cone pretty quick. If your puppy is trying to soak up that area, just get a maxi pad and slap it on the inside of the onesie. This will add an extra layer of protection so they will not get to the incision. Say goodbye to the cone!! Hello to super cute onesies. ๐Ÿ™‚

Some brain games and fun lick mats…

For 10-14 days after the surgery, you have to minimize the amount of movement your puppy is having. This is probably the most difficult part of the whole process. How do you get this hyper baby to tire out without long walks? BRAIN GAMES, LICK MATS & SLOW FEEDERS! Seriously, all three were heaven sent throughout this process. You can find dog puzzles on Amazon and they are great. I fed Ruby all her meals using the puzzle and it helped her take a pretty long time to eat her meals.

Licking mats… another great invention. You slap some peanut butter or some yogurt on there and you let them lick away. Tip: freeze your peanut butter or yogurt and it will take them twice as long to finish it!

If you have not already gotten your puppy a slow feeder because your puppy eats so quickly, you are missing out! Their meals take three- four times as long to complete which is great. Complete game changer to tire them out after their meals.

It’s going to be tough, but it passes pretty quick…

The process is tough. Tiring them out is extra hard when you can not go on your normal walks. But it all passes by super fast. Their strong little furry pals and they heal extra quick! They just need some extra loving/cuddles during this time. Don’t be afraid to break the no bed or couch rule during this time. Anything to make them happy and calm. At the end of the day, they are our world.

 

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  1. Keeping your pet occupied: During the healing process your pet may be more focused on you and looking to you for comfort and reassurance. This can be a great time to do some quiet training, teach a new trick, and bond with your pet. I hope you found some of these tips helpful. Knowing what to expect will help you and your pet be more prepared and less stressed over their spay or neuter surgery. Now go give your pet a treat, hug or high five and tell them it is from Dr. Mindy!

  2. Be calm: Pets tend to feed off their ownerโ€™s emotions and if you are nervous your pet can sense that. When you bring your pet in for surgery do your best to be calm and reassuring. It will go a long way toward making your pet feel comfortable. Most pets will stay at the hospital the night after they are spayed or neutered for observation. However, some pets may be allowed to go home that evening. Remember, your pet had a major surgery with anesthetic and they may be drowsy or may try to hide. This is when the crate can be very handy. Many owners feel it is cruel to confine the pet to a crate but in reality, dogs are den animals and the crate can feel like a safe spot to them. Whether your pet is released that night or the next day, be sure to discuss after care with your veterinarian and have an emergency number just in case.

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