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Old 06-16-2017, 01:45 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I am a generally anxious person anyway but it's making me anxious thinking about having my baby neutered. She's 11 months and I have booked her in for the 4th August. I would have done it before this but she came into season at the end of April.

I am worried about her going under anaesthetic and then also the recovery period. I work full time but plan on taking the Friday and Monday off so I am with her for four days.. I hope this is enough? I go home at lunch anyway as I work right by my house. I am such an anxious dog mummy and worry about anything out of the ordinary with her behaviour as it is and don't sleep if I worry she's poorly!

She's also only 3kg which makes me worry more.. as she's a picky eater bless her!

Can anyone give me some reassurance?!
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Old 06-16-2017, 02:10 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I am pretty sure that every poodle parent here has had the same worries, except that some of us have bigger poodles, or boys, but we all worry. Is your veterinarian the type that can calm your nerves by talking you through safety procedures? If so, that might help you. I know not all vets have good "bedside" manners. Perhaps there is some other dog parent who has had their pup neutered recently that can chat with you? I have human children and I worried as much about my poodles having surgery as I did about my children, maybe more, because the poodles could not talk about their feelings, or understand what was happening. Just remember you are not alone.
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Anaesthetics are much, much safer than they used to be, and vets now have either a vet or a nurse monitoring breathing, heart and anaesthesia, ready to act instantly if necessary. Cats weighing much less than Darly are regularly and safely spayed. I am sure your vet will do all the necessary reviews beforehand, checking her heart, etc, etc, and discussing with you exactly how long to withhold food, and how to care for her after the op. This won't stop you worrying, of course - I suggest housework as a distraction. I cleaned the whole house when Sophy was sedated for a dental...

One thing I would do, if you have not already, is make sure she is happy to be left crated, and have a crate that she can fit into comfortably with an Elizabethan collar in case one proves necessary. If the crate is portable, even better - your vet may even let her stay in her familiar safe place while she recovers. It also means that when you have to leave her while you work you know she is not risking damage to the stitches by running and jumping too soon. You could work on getting her used to the collar too, just so it doesn't come as too much of a shock. Have a few meals of especially nice food to tempt her appetite in the freezer, and fill an ice cube tray with unsalted chicken broth - one cube in a little water will encourage her to drink.
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Thanks both for your thoughtful replies!

My mum actually has a maltipoo born on the same day as Darly and she's been neutered and was fine! She came into seasons at 4 months hence why it's done and dusted. She's bigger and more mature than Darly is.

I haven't had children yet and anxiety is my main reason! I worry so much about her that I can't imagine it! I am 30 so I really should think about it soon as my husband is broody he told me!!

My vet is good and reassuring so I hope he puts my mind at ease! FJM you are right about cats, we had tiny cats neutered before we even brought them home so just shows how little they must have weighed! I always fixate on Darly's heart beat because she is skinny when she lays on me I can feel it! I work as a cardiology secretary so that doesn't help my fascination!!

I have my mums padded collar to use when she has the op and also my mum put a band of material around lily's scar.. like the top of a pair of tights and that seemed to stop her biting at the stitches. She recovered really quickly so I am hoping for the same with Darly. Thanks for your kind replies.. it is reassuring!!
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I've watched a few vet shows on the animal planet. Sprays and neuter are a walk in the park compared to other surgeries they perform. A technician watches all of the vitals and the patients are young and healthy. The hardest parts are keeping young poodles on restricted activity and the challenge of keeping them from fussing with their surgery sites. E-collars, loose tshirts can help. It will be fine. Hugs!
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Oh, I know how you feel! I've been through the procedure with dogs many times, but it is still very anxiety provoking! I think taking 4 days off is perfect--by then she will be feeling just fine. Will be thinking of you!
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I'm completely confident everything will be fine. I'm a big believer in the old adage - "I'll cross that bridge when I come to it." Try very hard to just put it out of your mind between now and August - worrying about it until then won't help a thing, and will only take away from your pleasure in her between now and then.
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You are so right! This is what I do unfortunately... worry about everything before it's happened/during and after! It's exhausting! I also have a dilemma of possible surgery for luxating patella too! I will ask for an x-ray when she's under being neutered I think and then cross that bridge when I come to it too!!!
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