I'm about to have my 7 1/2 old puppy spayed. I'm worried about being able to keep her inactive for two weeks. She is my first BC, and seems to really need some sort of exercise/activity each day or she starts getting crazy. Would love to hear some advice from experienced BC owners on how to handle her recovery period.
Advice on spay recovery?
Posted 12 September 2017 - 02:31 PM
Grit your teeth and put her in her crate for at least the first few days. If you have an X-pen she can graduate to that if she stays calm enough. If not, it's in the crate for the whole time, with all walks on leash.
She doesn't have to like it, but you need to be firm in your resolve as it's in her best interest. I had to have a somewhat older but still young dog on crate rest for months while a herniated disk healed. It wasn't easy but it saved him from having to have surgery.
Do an internet search for "crate games" to give you some ideas for things to occupy her brain while she's resting. Invest in some Kong toys to fill and freeze for her meals so that she can work on it for a while. Good chew toys like antlers and cow hooves can be helpful. Try rotating through several types to keep her interested in them.
Good luck. And remember there's a light at the end of the tunnel.
"People in your life always come and go all the time; the dogs are always there for me. Always." ~Samantha Valle
Posted 12 September 2017 - 03:48 PM
Thanks GL. You haven't exactly painted a rosy picture, but I appreciate the candor. I do have an X-pen so hopefully she'll be ok in there after being crated the first few days. And I will invest in some new elk antlers and such. Not looking forward to this... lol.
Posted 12 September 2017 - 03:58 PM
The third day she was ready to go and we kept her to just leash walks and trick training inside. By the the 5th or 6th day it was pretty much business as usual with off leash walks/runs. We did no fetch or swimming though for a while longer. I think the vet also advised 1-2 weeks of rest.
I would suggest doing trick training, filling and freezing kongs and just regular leashed walks for a while. It's a good time to let her know that sometimes life is boring but she still needs to chill/behave in the house.
Posted 12 September 2017 - 06:35 PM
I'll echo the Kongs and limited activity training games - we're doing lots of "hold" practice . Also stuff like sitting on the floor while watching TV and doing gentle massage. And put all the toys in a closet or something before she comes home - out of sight out of mind hopefully.
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Posted 12 September 2017 - 08:07 PM
Just wanted to echo the admonition to be strong and do what it takes. 7 years ago our Aussie pulled half her stitches out - and had to go back in for another round of sedation and sutures. Costly and very uncomfortable for her. Hang in there! Two weeks will pass before you know it.
To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring - it was peace. ~ Milan Kundera
Posted 15 September 2017 - 01:10 PM
Thanks everyone. I just moved her date back to the 26th. One of my friends informed me that the Humane Society of Delaware performs the surgery much cheaper that a vet charges. My vet was going to charge $282 and the HS is only charging $150, which includes a 3 day supply of Tramadol. I'd rather have the vet do it, but money is tight right now so I have to go the cheaper route.
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