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She is going to be grumpy /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/mad.gif tonight with no food or snacks...
I'm just glad it's tomorrow, I've been so nervous-since she's a rescue we don't know her age, and I did not want her to go into heat with that nice black lab next door! He might be neutered, though.
poor baby, I know it's for the best. /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/frown.gif
 

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Poor Polly. She'll probably be tired and "out-of-it" tomorrow when she comes home. (or does she have to stay over night?) After Caesar got neutered the two of us snuggled up on the couch with a blanket all night. He seemed the happiest that way. Just give her lots of love and make sure that she doesn't lick the incision. Good Luck!
 

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Poor little Polly. It's for the best, though. Give her some extra love from Henry and I. Henry says it's a breeze compared to heartworm treatment.
 

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I know how you feel! I felt horrible when I debated getting Abby spayed or not back in October. I felt bad considering taking away her ability to become a doggie mommy.

The three things that I kept thinking about and eventually convinced me was how horrible she looked and seemed to feel during her first (and only) heat. I also felt incredibly guilty thinking about possibly bringing more doggies (wanted or not) into the world with all the doggies out there needing to be resuced. Also, our family dog nearly died because my mother never had her spayed and her uterus ended up getting infected later on in life and she had to have emergency surgery to save her.

Abby was back to her old self within a day or two and Polly will be too /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/smile.gif
 

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She'll probably be most irritated at not having food and snacks tonight. Seriously, she should do fine although more than likely she'll be groggy for awhile when you bring her home.
 

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Awwwwwww......

Polly will be in my prayers for tomorrow, and you will be too....I know how nervous you'll be until she's home.

I'm sure things will go fine, but will be thinking about you.
 

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Sending out good thoughts for Polly !! I'm sure that she will be back to her old self soon !!
 

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I just called the vet, and they said she did great. She's awake, but very groggy. I can pick her up after 9am tomorrow. /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/laugh.gif
I wonder what it will be like with just Georgia tonight? I bet she will be confused. /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/confused.gif
 

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Glad to hear Polly made it through and is recovering /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/smile.gif

Even though it's an everyday surgery, I always freak out when one of my babies goes in for it.

Our girls will definitely be getting spayed. I'd like to breed, but Andrew doesn't want them to have saggy boobies /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/laugh.gif

We'll be waiting till they are over 6 months old which is around June/July'ish.

(... Erin)
 

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Quote:Originally posted by BeagleBabe:
The three things that I kept thinking about and eventually convinced me was how horrible she looked and seemed to feel during her first (and only) heat. I also felt incredibly guilty thinking about possibly bringing more doggies (wanted or not) into the world with all the doggies out there needing to be resuced. Also, our family dog nearly died because my mother never had her spayed and her uterus ended up getting infected later on in life and she had to have emergency surgery to save her.
Glad to hear that Polly is through her spay surgery and on the way to recovery!

One other benefit I have heard of spaying before the first heat is that the risk of breast cancer later in life is reduced significantly (from relatively common down to almost nothing, I believe). I think the risk also goes down quite a bit if the spaying is still early even if after the first heat - and either way it is another thing to think about. And of course cancer and other diseases of the reproductive system that is removed becomes a complete non-issue.
 

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got her home...
And she is doing fine--she seemed like her old self, then, she would seem not-so-fine. All perfectly normal, though, I think. Napping all day, at home in her kennel will be good for her, no doubt.
Though, she wants to lick her sutures, and so does Georgia... :rolleyes:
good thing we did get her spayed right away--I check out our neighbor's lab, and he's definitely ALL THERE. /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/eek.gif imagine that! /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/eek.gif
we shall give lots of hugs tonight!! :heart:
 

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Quote:Originally posted by BookerMoose:

One other benefit I have heard of spaying before the first heat is that the risk of breast cancer later in life is reduced significantly
This is also true of cats. My daughter was fearful of having her cat Ashes spayed, and she was almost a year, I believe, when we finally convinced her it was best. Sadly, Ashes did develop breast cancer at about age 8 and a half, and passed away last summer. I believe, and have read several things that confirmed it, that if she'd been spayed at 6 months, she probably wouldn't have gotten cancer.
 

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well in the UK, even though vets will spay at 6 months the general belief is that it is best to let a bitch have her first season that spay in between the 1st and before the 2nd one. The though is that in allowing the first season it gives the hormones a chance to kick in and give the bitch some maturity.

I had Foxy spayed after her 1st heat no chance before!!

I am a dog walker by trade and I have dogs and bitches that I walk every day that were spayed or neutured very early on and they are very immature and can seem to be in a state of suspended puppyhood.

There are pros and cons to spaying I guess. I had Foxy spayed because she was very unhappy and sad through the first season and we never intended to breed from her, whereas Gwenni will stay entire as will Caleb.

Each to their own I guess
 

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I'm happy to hear that all is well with Polly; I hope she's back to her puppy-licious self by now! :thumbup:
 

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Glad that it all behind you.

No need to worry about the doggie-dude next door or any other intact little guy.

Love from Henry and I. :heart:
 
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