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