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Old 12-03-2006, 01:54 PM
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Well I had my sweet maxine spayed on tuesday. The vet said that she needed to be leash walked and no playing with other dogs for 10 days(until she gets her stiches out). Of course now on day 5 shes acting 100 percent. i take her for some decent size walks on the leash but she has tons of energy. Most people Ive talked to said they let there dogs run after a couple of days but I dont want any complications. Well I guess Im just venting. I cant wait till she can play again for her and my sanity
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Old 12-03-2006, 02:02 PM
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Frustrating. I remember my Berner acted completely better by the third day, but we still had to stop her from playing and jumping around since she had yet to get her stitches out.

Your vet probably said to wait 10 days just to be absolutely sure she's okay before she does any playing, running or jumping. I bet your dog seems better now, but it's best to follow doctor's orders just to be safe in case she rips a stitch out.
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Old 12-03-2006, 02:17 PM
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Well I had my sweet maxine spayed on tuesday. The vet said that she needed to be leash walked and no playing with other dogs for 10 days(until she gets her stiches out). Of course now on day 5 shes acting 100 percent. i take her for some decent size walks on the leash but she has tons of energy. Most people Ive talked to said they let there dogs run after a couple of days but I dont want any complications. Well I guess Im just venting. I cant wait till she can play again for her and my sanity
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I just had Chloe spayed on Nov. 14th, she got her metal stitches out this past Tuesday. On Nov 14th when I picked her up after the spay they said the same thing your vet told you.......don't let her play, run and I would have to take her out on a leash EVERY time she went to potty! What???!! I thought they surely were sniffing some kind of anesthetic in the back there. Chloe was 4 1/2 months old at the time, she goes out upteen times a day AND I have a 75 lbs male (Bailey, 20 months old) in the house too. This was just NOT going to be an easy thing to do. The first day she got home that late afternoon, she slept. I took her out on a leash that first night and once the next morning. When she awoke the next morning after the spay, she was ready to play, play, play just like nothing had been done to her. I let her play with Bailey and made sure they didn't get too rough, I kept an eye on her stitches for swelling or any of them coming loose, she was fine.
I would have gone insane for 10-14 days of not letting her play or go out to potty by herself. I called the vet and said "hey, she's all wound up and ready to play and I've let her do that .....etc, etc." Vet told me that those instructions are just what every vet tells the patients owners, standard instructions. He said if she wants to play let her, if she wants to go out to potty on her own, let her just make certain the area is kept clean is all. Whew, was I GLAD! Both my dogs go to doggie daycare 2 days a week with lots of other dogs and puppies, Chloe and Bailey went back to "school" one week after Chloe had her spay and she had the stitches in for another week. She's fine. She did have laser spay but the vet didn't differentiate on the instructions for either laser or traditional spays.
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Old 12-03-2006, 02:23 PM
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Wait until the stitches are out. Mine didn't, and now she looks like she was grilled on a BBQ! Be very careful
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Old 12-03-2006, 02:58 PM
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As long as the stitches were properly put in there should be no problem.
She isn't going to play if she doesn't want to. Licking them is more a problem in that respect. Chloe's were metal stitches (looks like tiny wires, not staples) and she doesn't even have a scar, nor can you see even a line on her tummy and it's just been since Tuesday she got the stitches out. And oh, the vet said she has absolutely no scar tissue either.
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Old 12-03-2006, 03:05 PM
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Best case scenario.....all goes peachy, no problems.

Worst case scenario......the wound dehiss' and you have a major, life threatening problem on your hands. 30 % of dehiss' result in death.

Use common sense, it's a major invasive surgery that opens your dogs abdomen from the outside to the inside. If the stitches let go or the wound tears open, you have an infection risk.

This is a pic of a human dehiss.....not too pretty though not the worst dehiss possible.

http://www.surgical-tutor.org.uk/def...ence.htm~right

Use caution, restrict activity and check the incision site frequently.
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Old 12-03-2006, 05:34 PM
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Like I said, IF the sutures are in place properly and are of the correct
material......and she's not gonna play if she is sore or doesn't want to.
Canine's also heal more quickly if they are in good health. Laser exacts less
invasivness and less healing time.

This is a human website and from the UK no less.
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Old 12-03-2006, 07:41 PM
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I really feel it depends on the breed and the vet . There are 2 layers of stitches .... if the first were done haphazardly , these are the ones that could break loose.
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Old 12-04-2006, 03:23 PM
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I really feel it depends on the breed and the vet . There are 2 layers of stitches .... if the first were done haphazardly , these are the ones that could break loose.
Exactly, re where the method and expertise of the vet is concerned. Called my vet today. He's be in practice for 25 years and has done countless spays, never has he had a dog returned because they broke the suturing from running or playing. He said the ones that he sees whom are returned because of broken suturing was the ones who were allowed to lick the area freely. He said when a dog or cat licks they can lick very hard because of itching. He said that he has had none returned since he's been using the wire-type of sutures and the animal does not lick the wire ones because of the way you have to place them.
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Old 12-04-2006, 04:05 PM
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Thanks for all the i nfo. Squirt is getting done on Wednesday.
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