On March 17th, our 6 Month old puppy Luna got spayed/neutered. Spaying and neutering, prevent animals from being able to reproduce. Females undergo spay surgery (ovariohysterectomy), which involves the removal of her ovaries and uterus.
Dustin and I dropped her off at the Arlington Animal Clinic at 8:30 AM in the morning and went to pick her up at 5 PM. When they took her out to us she was wearing the E-Collar, space collar, cone, or whatever you want to call it, she looked very disoriented. The poor thing was not used to walk with that big thing on and when we walked outside to go to the car she got stuck in the ground with the cone while she was trying to sniff around. It was the most pathetic cute thing I’ve ever seen! When we got home, Dustin lift her out of the car by wrapping his arms around Luna’s chest and we started to walk towards our apartment, well she would refuse to walk with that cone on, we practically had to force her to walk into the house! I couldn’t believe how different she was acting, I felt so bad for her. You could tell that she was uncomfortable as a result of the incision and all drugged up due to the after-effects of anesthesia.
The veterinary told us to have her wear the cone until we would go back and have the stitches removed, which was in about two weeks. The cone is to stop her from getting to the incision and licking the stitches causing infection. Some dogs are so obsessed with the incision that they even pull out the stitches and at that point you have to take them to emergency vet. We definitely did not want that to happen to our little “Puplet” , that’s a nickname we gave Luna together with “Monster’!
When we were able to finally get her into the house we decided to take the space collar off to make her feel more comfortable, there was no reason for her to keep it on at this point since we were supervising her. Our Luna could care less about her stitches, she went straight to her comfy bed we fluffed ahead of time for her and basically slept till bed time. That night, and few others after that, we had Luna sleep with us, we wanted her to be able to sleep without having the cone in the way and having her in bed with us was a way so we could keep an eye on her. Besides, I have to admit I really wanted her to be close to us and feel our love, I wouldn’t want to sleep by myself after a major surgery like that! Needless to say that the first night Dustin and I did not sleep much, we kept checking on her to make sure she wouldn’t go for the stitches. As I said though Luna was really good, she did not once lick her stitches and she was back to normal pretty quickly!
The vet said we could take her out for short walks on a leash but shouldn’t have her running or jumping around for 10 days. I think that was the toughest part since Luna is a very active and energetic pup and she wanted to run, jump and play right away, it amazed me how she was acting as if nothing happened very quickly! The funniest part of all this was when we were trying to have her go into her crate with the cone on the days we had to go to work. She would not move, she would put the feet down and I could hear her thinking:” No way you are leaving me her, all alone, in my crate with this thing on!” Usually, we just need to make noise in her cookie box that she runs to her crate, this time not even having her lick the treat worked! She is a trooper and recovered really well and after the stitches were out, she finally could run around with her best buddy Penny!
Spaying or neutering your pet is a very important decision for pet owners, it is the responsible thing to do! If you are an animal lover who value your pets, it is important to understand the impact of this decision. Think about it……
- Every day there are 70,000 puppies and kittens born with only 10,000 human births to coincide.
- There just aren’t enough homes for all of these animals.
- There are between six and seven million animals euthanized in shelters for lack of available homes.
- That is 135,000 per week, or 20,000 every 24 hours for each of the 365 days a year.
- Animal overpopulation has reached a crisis point in this country.
Also, spaying your dog it reduces the risk of breast cancer and prevents various reproductive tract disorders.
We love our Luna she is a sweet and loving girl and we can’t imagine our life without her!