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Lizzie's spay is Friday morning and I'm actually a little bit nervous. We just got back from having her post operative blood work done, and little Miss Into Everything and Not Scared of Anything was actually a little afraid of the needle!!!


I'll keep everyone posted on her progress. :D
 

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Awwww! GOOD LUCK! I know it's hard training her, but it will be well worth it in the long run
I hope all goes well.
 

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It was after Little C's spay that I realized I was getting really attached to her. I stayed there until the surgery was finished and I saw her being put into a little cage for some recovery time. Thankfully, I had read about how it will look like they are choking (because of the tube taken out of their throat afterwards) because I might have gone postal on the poor vet otherwise. Anyway, I barely made it out of the clinic's door when I burst into hysterical sobs. I managed to make my way into a little alley where I had myself a good long cry. Our relationship changed even more when she came home. My fingers are crossed that you will have the same experience. :D Not that I'm wishing hysterical tears on you..... I hope you know what I mean! :D I had been having a hard time getting close to Little C, so it was a breakthrough point for me. That's when it started to change from wanting to love her to actually loving her.
 

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Awww!!! Lizzie will be fine!!!! I realized how much I truly love Peanut while he was at the vet being neutered because I missed him bugging me all day long
 

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Best wishes to Lizzie on Friday from Kallie, Catcher and me...... Do you have a plan for how to keep her from getting at the stitches when she comes home? Some things that have worked for us are baby onesies (too cute!) or the Bite Not Collar that you can (hopefully) get from your vet Bit Not Collar Web Site
 

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I'm sure that Lizzie will do just fine. We didn't have to get any type of collar or a onsie...our puppy didn't bother with her stitches at all. She had internal stitches and the doctor used a long acting pain killer for the incision site. Good luck on Friday.
 

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Good luck and hugs and kisses to Lizzie!
 

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Originally posted by littlepeanut@Apr 5 2005, 06:47 PM
I realized how much I truly love Peanut while he was at the vet being neutered because I missed him bugging me all day long

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NCs mom -- I really hope I have a similar experience 'cause I'm still not 100% there yet...close, but not there.


Thank you everyone for all of your support and well wishes!! It really means a lot to me.
 

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Originally posted by SpottyPoo@Apr 5 2005, 08:01 PM
NCs mom -- I really hope I have a similar experience 'cause I'm still not 100% there yet...close, but not there.



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SpottyPoo,I bet you feel a whole new way when you drop that baby off and leave her for her surgery
Smooches & Hugs from me and the gang !!
 

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Good Luck to you both - it's always nerve wrecking, but over quickly and they usually recuperate much faster than we expect.
Shrek will be due for his neutering in about six weeks... We all send hugs
 

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I think that Little C being female and my being female helped in the bonding around spaying time. There was some guilt at removing her "woman's" parts. Sometimes I told myself it was unnecessary since Sir N had already been abbreviated. I kept wondering if I would have been truly happy if MY mother had paid someone to remove my uterus and ovaries when I was a baby. (Okay, I would have and wish she did.) I felt bad that I was depriving her of motherhood because I've HEARD that people enjoy it. The biggest thing was when I realized she could die. There were some complications during her surgery and when I though that I might have to return home, without her, and without an appointment to pick her up later that day--having to go home to Sir N without his annoying little buddy in my arms--when I thought about not having any half-crazed running up and down the hallway, important papers getting shredded, having melting eyes gaze into mine right after finding poo on the floor, having those sweet early morning snuggles and kisses and random feet attacks....I'm about to make myself cry right now and I have to leave for work.

My fingers are crossed for you and her.
 

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Don't feel guilty about having Little C spayed. By doing so, you just about eliminated her chance of ever getting a mammary tumor. You also have lessoned her chances of ever getting the following:

Breast cancer
Cystic endometrial hyperplasia and pyometra
False pregnancies
Mastitis (can occur during false pregnancy)
Transmissible venereal sarcoma
Ovarian and uterine tumors
Cystic ovaries and hyperestrogenism
Chronic endometritis
Vaginal hyperplasia and prolapse
Uterine torsion or uterine prolapse
 

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Oh, I don't feel guilty NOW.....I only did back when I was working myself into hysterics with my overactive imagination.
I ultimately did it because of all the reasons you listed.
 

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I heard back from the vet re: her blood work from yesterday, and it appears that her BUN (blood urea nitrogen) level was a bit high. The BUN is a blood test that checks for indicators of kidney disease. The vet said she is certain it is probably just related to her diet or something, and for me not to be worried about it. I have a call into her today for her to call me.....will keep ya'll posted.
 

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Glad to hear she's going to remain one of the "family"!! Keep us up to date on the blood work results, I am happy to hear nothing else was found.
 

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It's "funny"... I feel like I know all the babies on SM and when one is sick I get worried, just like he/she was my own!!


I'm glad your vet isn't worried about Lizzie's BUN reading.... do keep us posted.... I assume the spaying is still happening on Friday.... Hope all is A-OK......
 

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Okay, just got off the phone with the vet. A normal BUN is 26 and Lizzie's was 34. She said that she could have possibly been slightly dehydrated when the blood was drawn. She said she is not worried about it at all and I could get it rechecked in 3 months if I wanted to. Uh, YEAH!!!

Gee -- Sydney had pancreatitis and elevated liver enzymes allllll her sweet little life. Now I've got a dog with a possible kidney problem?
Do I have "Care for the Sick Animals" tattooed on my forehead?? (I've also got a one-eyed guinea pig and another pig with Parkinson's who constantly shakes.)
 

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This is a good article about understanding bloodwork to print out and save for future reference:

http://www.bichonfriseusa.com/caninebloodwork.htm

This is what it says about BUN:

UREA NITROGEN (BUN)

Normal Range 9 - 27 mg/dL

BUN is produced by the liver and excreted by the kidneys. Decreased levels are seen with low protein diets, liver insufficiency, and the use of anabolic steroid drug. Increased levels indicate any condition that reduces the kidney's ability to filter body fluids in the body or interferes with protein breakdown
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Lizzie made it through the surgery uneventfully!!!
She'll be ready for pick up after 3:00 this afternoon. The vet just called and said she is curled up in a ball and sleeping -- I'd like to see that!!
 

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Originally posted by SpottyPoo@Apr 8 2005, 11:11 AM
Lizzie made it through the surgery uneventfully!!! 
  She'll be ready for pick up after 3:00 this afternoon. The vet just called and said she is curled up in a ball and sleeping -- I'd like to see that!! 

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Awww
That's GREAT
 
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