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    Hi Everyone,

    Last Friday (5 days ago) I had Pepper, my almost 9 month old Lab spayed. She has a had a slow recovery, no complications (as far as i know) i think all down to been babied all her life (my fault) and being a huge sook.

    The first day she was groggy from the anesthetic and could move around and was fine.

    The next day she was quite the same however very sooky and would walk two steps them have a big panic attack and sit down and hunch over.. she then was panting and breathing fast all afternoon I took her to two vets (me being so paranoid) the first vet i got an elizabethan collar (they didnt give me one when leaving) and some pain meds.I took her home and she got alot more workerd up.. i took her to another local vet to get her checked they said she is fine, wound looks good she is just distressed about what is going on.

    When i got home she started the breathing heavy and panting, i looked and she had done a wee, it made me think it is hurting her to go to the toilet, so whenever she started the panting i would take her outside and after about 10 minutes of the heathy breathing and panting she would go to the toilet.

    From day 1 of coming home from surgery she was eating and drinking which was a great sign, but now it is day 5 and she is still so down and upset. I suffer from anxiety and i have babied her way too much where sometimes i think it is because of me doing that she is such a little baby. also with my anxiety i have been so nasty to everyone around me due to being so worried about my pup. she gets so distressed with her collar on, she works herself up to the point where i cannot calm her down. when you take her E Collar off she calms down a little bit but still wimpers and winges and won't walk, when she goes to the toilet she will sprint around the whole yard in a fit, but apart from that isnt interested in walking. when i have her collar off i give her toys to play with and shes happy to sit and play with them and every now and then she wil lgo to lick her wound and i will move her head away .. then at bedtime i put it back on and she whinges all night. it seems that when my boyfriend comes and looks after her while i am at work she is fine and sleeps perfectly.

    last night she got very worked up with the ecollar and my mum being my mum said oh ill put some savlon on it, that will help, i told her NO DONT PUT ANYTHING ON IT, anyway i come home from my indoor netball game and mum has put savlon on her wound, she ws very calm and happy t play with toys and less whingy. i think her stitches are at the irritating stage where they are healing and its very itchy.

    she can get her stitches out on wednesday and i think it will be much better then! the vet just seemed to think because she cant access and scratch where it is itchy and she is getting very worked up. but i guess me being anxious me is worried sick.

    So basically if anyone could share any experiences on longer recovering pups, or any information and advice would be appreciated so much! I have just heard everyone around me saying their dogs recovered within 2 days of surgery so it is worrying, after 3 vet visits tey have clarified everything is fine but still nice to hear others personal experience.

    Thanks In Advance

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    Hi PeppersMummy

    I'd keep an eye on the wound - bad signs are things like really red, and inflamed and swollen, and dripping yellow pus goo.

    And in a lab - refusing to eat.

    It takes about two weeks to get over it, and in that time - exercise has to be limited and it will probably hurt a bit, hence the panting.

    I'm not sure about the savlon - that stuff can sting. Aloe vera is supposed to be good for wounds - squished directly out of the cactus leaf, or slice through the leaf and wipe the goo on. Honey is good too (antiseptic properties) but tends to increase the licking - which is bad. You can ask your vet about creams to ease the itchies without adding to the infection risk.

    There are a lot of things that can go wrong, but if two different vets think progress is normal - then it's probably all good.

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    Savlon won't hurt her she will be fine. She's eating and drinking, and she has pain meds.

    Time for some tough love and no more sooking, unless she's running a burning fever or like Hyacinth said the wound is infected she will be fine. Dogs will behave to what gets them attention, if you're fussing over her of course she's going to keep carrying on. Yes speying is a reasonable surgery but most of my dogs over 10 years have had some form of surgery or another and they've all bounced back pretty quickly. The rottweiler used to whine so mournfully if he had a scratch but that was definitely learned, I sookied that dog something fierce lol but I knew it and he had a lot of health problems so I let him play 'oh poor me give me a cuddle' despite being 50kg

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    If she was fine when your boyfriend came and looked after her it sounds like she knows she can get away with being like that when you're around. If she's not red or infected, or has other signs of physical discomfort, she's likely doing it for attention because she knows that works. Nekhbet has it down to a tee. I had a dog a few years ago that got spayed at the age of 8, she was old (and much to my chagrin very spoiled by my mum), and she acted up when mum was around but when it was just me she wouldn't, because she knew I wouldn't be taking any of that 'console me I demand it' crap. Other unspoiled dogs I've known and had desexed at an older age have been fine..

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    I had a lab x pup once we took camping years ago. He walked through a not well put out camp fire and burned his pad. Loads of attention from us and everyone else there for the next four days. Twelve months later we returned, our perfectly healthy dog leapt out of the car and started limping pathetically... actor

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    Quote Originally Posted by farrview View Post
    I had a lab x pup once we took camping years ago. He walked through a not well put out camp fire and burned his pad. Loads of attention from us and everyone else there for the next four days. Twelve months later we returned, our perfectly healthy dog leapt out of the car and started limping pathetically... actor
    And who says that pups don't remember all their good times !

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    thanks everyone! she definately has it over me!! i came home this afternoon she ran actually sprinted to our gate jumped up on the gate, ran around like crazy, i was actually worried she was overdoing it. trying to settle her. i was finally calm thinking hooray shes normal i can stop stressing, then she jumped in the dog pool (not supposed to get wound wet) and dad had just mowed lawn so she was in a bit of grass clippings so then i started stressing again, i took her inside and checked the wound all seems good still, it was a bit red and swollen a few days ago the vet said they didnt think it was swollen but gave her some antibiotics just incase so she is taking those. i was just about to leave for netball and the sooking started again (after just sprinting through the yard) so i just left her and went without a fuss. my dad plays indoor cricket at the same centre, he left a bit later then me, when he\e arrived at the centre i asked how pepper was when i left he said she was jumping all over them being annoying, i get home and she is having a snooze, then the whingey whiney stuff starts! so it is definately me! i have stayed strong and just ignored it, as hard as it is for me, when she sooks i just walk away. If she was acting like this to my partner as well i would be a bit alarmed but because shes an angel all day and happy and then sulks it up for me i think shes just a very smart dog.

    I am going to keep an eye on the wound (getting it wet) but she is already on the antibiotics so she should be fine! i think i just overstress way to much. and she knows it. Whenever she cries i take the cone off, my partner left it on all day, without a problem, so I am making sure i leave it on.

    As i am typing this, i am on my bed, pepper on the ground, she sooked and whined for about 5 minutes (sitting up), usually by now i would of ran to her rescue and patted and calmed her but i just continued with what i was doing, she looked at me with sad eyes and i just ignored. she then layed back down and there is no sign of a whine or whinge.

    So i think the problem is me, no doubt she is in pain she had a surgery, but she is milking it for sure!!!!!

    I need to be so much stronger, not just with this, but everyday even when she recovers. I give in way too much, i THINK she will appreciate me more if i take charge as well.

    What do you guys think?

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    I need to be so much stronger, not just with this, but everyday even when she recovers. I give in way too much, i THINK she will appreciate me more if i take charge as well.

    What do you guys think?
    Of course she will. The problem with learned behaviors is dogs attach an emotion to them. I can tell you the rollout of this behavior in some dogs is they convince themselves to the point of agitation, so they end up stressing themselves out for really no good reason. I have a few dogs in my classes that are convinced things are frightening or stressful, after a few minutes of cut it out they're enjoying themselves. Just because dogs exhibit an outward reaction does not mean it is actually true, it just means the brain is convinced that is the emotion/reaction to exhibit in the circumstance - and there is a massive difference between reality and what a dog thinks is reality. The good thing is we can change them but the thing is not to start them

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    Wow thanks Nekhbet all makes sense! I am the big softy and it needs to stop.

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    pepper being soo sooky with her HUGE ECOLLAR on! stitches out Wednesday, she will be soooo happy.

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