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Old 10-08-2011, 01:08 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Thanks for the insight-- I agree that if you can spay hamsters, they can definitely spay my dog! But in retrospect, I am happy they didn't say they could spay her if they didn't feel confident. I would have hated for them to take her and my money for the operation and then have something go wrong. I will definitely have blood work done on her-- what should they look for in her blood work? We are consulting with this super-hard-to-get-an-appointment-with specialist next week.
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Old 10-08-2011, 01:21 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Thanks for the insight-- I agree that if you can spay hamsters, they can definitely spay my dog! But in retrospect, I am happy they didn't say they could spay her if they didn't feel confident. I would have hated for them to take her and my money for the operation and then have something go wrong. I will definitely have blood work done on her-- what should they look for in her blood work? We are consulting with this super-hard-to-get-an-appointment-with specialist next week.

For my babies they ran a full CBC (complete blood count) a week prior. Your baby is adorable. Some others may also advise of other types of blood work, but I had the CBC done. I am so glad you are seeing a specialist, it is worth the wait. My Mia was up and walking (although like a cow girl) the very next day. From my experience it takes the girls a full two weeks, to heal, (the insicion) and the boys one week. But, they really do feel okay as each day goes. It's a scarey time I know, mostly just having to leave them there, I hate that, but once they are back in your arms, you feel so much better. I got carrier bassinets for my two. I put them in it for the ride home, and that's where they slept. It helped alot, but you don't have to do that, it just worked for me.

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Old 10-08-2011, 02:04 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Thanks for the info! I will definitely ask for the CBC then at this appointment. And the bassinet and onesies sound like great ideas, thanks everyone!

Honestly, I am more concerned about complications after the surgery. Since she is so small, any loss of appetite and throwing up or diarrhea sends her sugar levels into shock, so I will be watching her like a hawk!

I will say, it'll be nice to not have her humping every stuffed animal I give her, and no more little red droplets on the floor! I hate that I couldn't resolve this before her first heat cycle.
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Aww Linda it seems like yesterday. I am so glad I did both the same time and all of you helped me with that.

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Thanks for the info! I will definitely ask for the CBC then at this appointment. And the bassinet and onesies sound like great ideas, thanks everyone!

Honestly, I am more concerned about complications after the surgery. Since she is so small, any loss of appetite and throwing up or diarrhea sends her sugar levels into shock, so I will be watching her like a hawk!

I will say, it'll be nice to not have her humping every stuffed animal I give her, and no more little red droplets on the floor! I hate that I couldn't resolve this before her first heat cycle.

You be sure to ask your specialist about that. Mia and Leo weren't so small, but that's why I boiled the chicken breast, so they could smell it, and gave them little pieces of it. They tell you, at least they told me, not to feed them that night, but my little ones were hungry. I don't think Diarrhea will be a problem at all. When she gets home, of course she will be groggy. But don't worry about that. Do not beat yourself up at all, for not getting your baby spayed before the first heat. That was not your fault. Have everything ready, for when she comes home. And be sure to ask your vet about feeding. I understand your concern, because of her size. Many babies her size have been spayed, and did very well, you just have to have the right specialist, and you seeing one the next week, is perfect. I am sure they will go over all of it for you. Bring a pad and paper to write it all down. I know I am nervous when they are doing the pre-op instructions.Keep us updated. I also have a very good friend who is a vet, he is not my kids vet, because he is a very dear friend, but if you have any questions, I would not mind at all passing them to him. Your baby will be fine, your concerns are very understandable and you are doing all the right things. My Ana's is coming up, not quite sure when, they were looking at her teeth on Thursday, she will be 7 mos Oct 14, and she is now 3pds 3 ounces. My vet is only telling me to wait, until her big girl teeth come through in the back, as her little girl teeth in the back are still there as well. So she doesn't want to damage the big girl teeth, by pulling her baby teeth in that area. Hugs and Love.
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Old 10-08-2011, 05:23 PM   #16 (permalink)
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Again, thank you for all of the advice and reassurance!

All the vets just kept saying 'let's wait a couple more months for her to get bigger before we spay' and here we are, at 15 months and she still hasn't. She still has some of her baby teeth so that was something they were going to take care of while she is under anesthesia. From what I understand though, it isn't good to wait much longer, since not spaying increases the risk for breast tumors. (Someone can jump in if this isn't the case?)

When I got her, when she was almost 5 months old, she was 1 pound 14 ounces or so, so she really hasn't grown much. I was never concerned because the breeder told me she would be 2 pounds, and she always has lots of energy, eats tons, and seems healthy. I hope it isn't a separate issue she hasn't grown.

I will definitely ask about feeding-- I really don't think she could go that long without food. Ones she starts crashing, it doesn't take long before she needs something extreme like IV fluids to boost her back up. That happened back in March, I was a basket case !!

You give such good tips, I will take lots of notes and ask tons of questions.

Good luck with Ana's spay coming up as well! How much longer do you think it will before her teeth to come through in the back?
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Again, thank you for all of the advice and reassurance!

All the vets just kept saying 'let's wait a couple more months for her to get bigger before we spay' and here we are, at 15 months and she still hasn't. She still has some of her baby teeth so that was something they were going to take care of while she is under anesthesia. From what I understand though, it isn't good to wait much longer, since not spaying increases the risk for breast tumors. (Someone can jump in if this isn't the case?)

When I got her, when she was almost 5 months old, she was 1 pound 14 ounces or so, so she really hasn't grown much. I was never concerned because the breeder told me she would be 2 pounds, and she always has lots of energy, eats tons, and seems healthy. I hope it isn't a separate issue she hasn't grown.

I will definitely ask about feeding-- I really don't think she could go that long without food. Ones she starts crashing, it doesn't take long before she needs something extreme like IV fluids to boost her back up. That happened back in March, I was a basket case !!

You give such good tips, I will take lots of notes and ask tons of questions.

Good luck with Ana's spay coming up as well! How much longer do you think it will before her teeth to come through in the back?
Thank you sweetheart,and we all are here for you. Pulling retained baby teeth is normal. Ana has some in the back, along with her adult teeth coming in, and my vet just wants to hold off just a little longer, because is she pulls those baby teeth, all the way in the back, she is concerned about damaging her permanent teeth. But that's not something you need to worry about. That's just Ana's case. Huge hugs, and keep us updated
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Old 10-13-2011, 07:28 PM   #18 (permalink)
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Hi everyone! I wanted to give a little update.

Misto and I just got home from the hospital where we had our consult with the super-amazing-hard-to-get-an-appointment-with surgeon.

After having several vetrinarians decline to do the spay on Misto, based on not being confident enough, this was refreshing. It is very clear that this surgeon is a heavy-hitter and deals with the most complicated surgeries every day (brain surgery, the hardest tumors, etc.). She did address that based on Misto's size (1 pound 14 ounces today), the anesthesia and her body temperature will be the main challenges. So they are going to have a specialist in anesthesia on small dogs handle her anesthesia and be in the operating room as well.

This surgeon does not deal with basic spays and neuters-- they get passed on to more basic surgeons at this hospital. So it is comforting that I found someone amazing and capable and confident, but worrisome that she is taking Misto's case on-- it means it isn't like a basic spay, and could have complications.

They are going to do blood tests and check for any liver problems-- the surgeon wants to make sure Misto is as small as she is just because she is a super small chihuahua, and not for another reason stunting her growth.

So, since Misto is in heat, we will be scheduling the surgery after that stops sometime in November. We will be going back before then for the tests and also to meet with the anesthesia specialist.

I am relieved I found a vet that is confident and I am confident in, but now I am even more nervous!!! I don't know how you ladies handle putting your babies under the knife. I am a wreck already.
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Thank you. My Jewel is due for her surgery the first week in April. She's 5 pounds and 4.5 months old and I wanted to wait until she is 6 months. I don't understand a vet that says oh they won't need pain medication after a surgery. That seems wrong. I will pick up the baby tee shirts that is a GREAT idea!
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This is great info!

The waiting to bathe them is the hard part. They come home smelling like the dentist ... but it is important to wait.

For Gus I got some natural dog bath wipes and wiped him down (avoid tummy and incision area) when he got home. This seemed to help him relax more, since he smelled more "normal".

The bath wipes were our best friends until we could finally bathe him (he had complications with his neuter so it was near 4 weeks!).

And the onesie is a great idea - we had to use a dog diaper cover for Gus 1 size bigger then what he would fit in (so it wouldn't rub). Because he could get around any cones or clothing, but the diaper cover was more snug fit around belly and legs.
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