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    Not sure if this is the right place to put it, so Mods, feel free to move it.

    I haven't seen much about after care realities, so thought I could add my little story in here, and anyone could ask q's and/or give advice

    Due to the little toy-boy we acquired Lila was desexed on Friday so the poor love is cooped up in the kitchen. I have to do similar to a mechanic reversing under a car to view her stitches, which quite amuses my dear hubby. She had a bit of swollen-ness the other day from exerting herself, which receeded after her rest, but today she was looking...umm quite sensitive I suppose is the word with pink around the stitches and a bit of pink wet slightly swollen skin between the stitches, which resulted in a major flurry of panic and phone call to the vet, who in turn sounded quite concerned and wanted me to come in immediately, which in turn made me turn into a nervous wreck, as I had no transport to get to the vets, and Lilas a big dog, so no chance I was carrying her & walking the kids all that way, luckily vets was able to squeeze me in later in the day and DH came home early to take us there (the between hours I was a nervous wreck and basically barracaded Lila in the kitchen, darkened it, and generally tried to make her sleep/rest.

    I got there and turns out everything is fine, a bit of pink ness with the healing skin/bit of irritation from the stitches and probably from a quick lick down there Praise the lord LOL, I think I nearly fainted from relief.

    You never seem to hear the realities about after desexing, in which there is this BIG, GREAT wound that is held in place with a few knots, I kept having nigtmares over hte past few days of her stretching, ripping her stitches and her innards becoming outtards., of everytime she decides to pee over the mini hedge/bush that there is millions of microscopic bacteria going into her wound. Its a living nightmare for me. Plus she is a very very active/jumpy dog...you try to make a near 20kg solid jumping lump calm down....yeah, not likely.

    The vets got to see it firsthand, the trip was her first outing in 5 days....and you could tell...she was absolutely ballistic over everything at the vets, jumping and whining to try to get near the other dogs, sniffing EVERY single product on the shelf, covering the vets & student vets faces in drool...LOL, poor dear, shes so starved for exercise and generally just wants to romp around.

    I tried to start curving the Elizabethan collar round her neck and she just freaked out, went completely skitzo, luckily she hasn't been interested (from the mouth at least) in her stitches....but her foot keeps straying up towards it....which gets a growl from me, and her foot quickly flies back down to the floor.

    I asked the vets if they had a crate to hire...and nope. I have no use for a crate, and don't really see the need to go spend $250+ on a crate that will be used for another 3-4 days.

    So they end result I have found is, someone could make an absolute bloody motza if they did the following:

    - Hire crates out on daily/weekly basis.
    - Provide pet transport & escort.
    - Provide kennels for after desexing care, till stitches are removed.

    The vet and I got into a conversation about this, and even she agreed...if somebody set a place up like that, she apparently would be the first one to give referrals. She sees a lot of dogs who would be best with a crate after surgery, who needs rest for a few days/weeks, pet transport to stuff like groomers & vets and an escort who would hand them over & pick them back up, and a quite relaxing kennel for the 10 days after desexing care, like a posh hospital resort stay for dogs to get the recuperation, quite & love they need during this time. Man....if only I had the dollars to set something like this up. I dream of being in business for myself, I just can't work for a boss again, I want to be able to have my skin & fur kids near me, and I doubt a boss would be agreeable with that LOL!

    I will continue to update and will answer any questions anyone may have...as for photos....perhaps other member can provide shots of a daily basis for the desexing sitches, from the moment they are in, till they get removed? As my dogs are too bloody active LOL, I remember the fond days of pics of Lila when she was a tiny itty bitty, held so still, now I just catch blurry black streaks and a pic of her eating the fence

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    My Ruby girl was desexed too. She was in sooo much pain on the day and the day after...poor little sweetheart I had to pick up painkillers for her and that settle her down enough to relax a bit.

    Her wound got irritated too. She didn't lick it, but trying to keep her still was impossible. I used Wound Gard on it to stop the licking and to keep the wound as clean as possible.

    When they removed the stitches...she had little bumps there and it actually looked like a scar taken out of a Frakenstein movie...that settled down after 3-4 days. The vet actually said it was because the stitches had been ready to be removed a couple of days earlier, but I was a good girl and waited the 14 days.

    We have crates here, so that settled her down too...in her own little special spot
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    I used aloe vera on my dog wiped directly from the cactus leaf onto the wound. It is supposed to promote healing, reduce scarring and it tastes horrid (even to a dog) so it stops licking.

    I took her for short walks on lead, which was interesting since the footpaths freaked her out back then.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hyacinth View Post
    I used aloe vera on my dog wiped directly from the cactus leaf onto the wound. It is supposed to promote healing, reduce scarring and it tastes horrid (even to a dog) so it stops licking.

    I took her for short walks on lead, which was interesting since the footpaths freaked her out back then.
    Aloe Vera...must remember that!

    Yeah...that would have been interesting walking her! Is she over her foot path phobia?

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    wonder if leo would of still tried to eat the aloe vera...

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    Quote Originally Posted by rebec View Post
    wonder if leo would of still tried to eat the aloe vera...
    well...he LIKED the Wound Gard, so.........

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    LOL.

    Wouldn't Aloe Vera sting?

    A mini drama today. I let her out for a pee and to generally grumble at everyone, and didn't think properly when I brought her back in (i.e. didn't put the leash back on her) so she flew into the lounge, I went to pick her up and she jumped over my hand, resulting in my hand scraping across the stitches *shudder* another nightmare moment.

    So finally got her locked up, laid down and did the "beep---beeep--beeep" of reversing under her. Alls cool though.

    I had better paint the inner fence on Saturday, before shes free in the backyard again, elsewise she might start licking the wet paint yum lol.

    Shes got quite a bit of appetite loss though She lost weight dramaticallly straight after surgery (with not eating for a whole 24hrs) its started to climb back up, but shes still nowhere within her normal eating capcity, shes just not interested in her food.

    Kibble she pretty much just leaves there until Benji comes in and hoovers it up. She ate a chicken frame yesterday, but that was more her after vet treat than nutrition. and she ate her chicken neck treats today, however I gave her dry kibble there (because of the way shes been eating I just leave kibble in a bowl for her hoping she will have some sort of a munch. And for dinner I put down some liver, giblets & heart for her. She just picked at it and only ate about 1/4-1/3 of it, which is VERY unlike her with meat.

    Benji of course scoffed his liver down quicksmart and whined because he could see Lila still had some in her bowl heh heh. When I went back into his room he had eaten every single thing on his plate and had ripped the tray to shreds .

    I will have a look at her kibble levels in the morning. I know it sounds like shes eaten a lot, but for her & her size she hasn't Hopefully shes just feeling a bit off, if shes still feeling like that I will double check with the vets when I take Benji in on Sat

    (Gosh the vets are starting to know me real well LOL. I was in there 3-4 weeks ago, then in there for the Surgery 7 days ago, then in there two days ago, we will be going in on Sat with Benji & then again round Monday for Lilas stitches to be taken. Hopefully thats the last they will see of the vets for another couple of months (least till Benj goes in there to get dsexed.

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    I had my two done recently. One jumped off and on the sofa and off and on the veranda when let out for a pee as though nothing had happened, freaked me out though. I had visions of it splitting. She was fine. After about day 7 I let them outside with the others as by then the wound should have been fine. Most vets take them out around day 10, same as humans.

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    When we got my pup de-sexed I was an absolute mess!! I was asking questions on here all day, was worried sick and even slept with her the first night. It was a very stressful 10 days!! But alot shorter and less stressful than when she was in season!!! THAT WAS A NIGHTMARE.

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    it all sounds pretty normal, some dogs come home as if they never left and are really ok, while some take a bit longer... she should eat when she's hungry, I wouldnt leave food down as that can make them lazy eaters... soak some juice over her dry food, juice from cooking liver is yummy... just boil a small bit of liver in a pot with water, blend it all up and pour over dry food... check the wound each day and the stitches should be ready to come out in about 7 to 10 days...

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