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Old 11-14-2012, 11:01 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Unhappy Overnight Hosptial Stay (Spay)

Abby will be getting spayed after the new year. I know some of you are against altering and that's fine. It's your choice and the choice to have Abby spayed is my parents since she's their girl. I have been reading some things on it and I have printed some things out to show them already about possible waiting a little bit longer (there's no way they're NOT spaying her, it's just a matter of when), but as of right now she's going to spayed after the new year. Please no lectures on that.

The vet tech told us that she'll be required to stay the night at the vets office which I wasn't expecting. Kind of puts me in panic mode. They said that I should bring some of her food so they can feed her a little that night if she's up to it and then offer her some breakfast. My vet is anti-raw which is what Abby's now eating. We haven't told them that we're feeding her (or Logan) raw because I don't want the lecture. So there's the dilemma. What do we do for food? Mason is still on kibble (for a few reasons) so I could just bring some of his knowing that it won't kill Abby to eat it for those two meals, but I don't want it to upset her tummy either. So, should I keep her on half kibble half raw now? Should I start offering her kibble closer to the appointment date? I have a feeling she's not going to eat there to begin with, but just in case I want a plan. What would you do?
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Old 11-14-2012, 11:08 AM   #2 (permalink)
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i cant seem to wrap my head around the overnight stay. Why did they say she requires a sleepover? When we had Kona neutered ..it was three hours from drop off time to pick up time.
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Old 11-14-2012, 11:13 AM   #3 (permalink)
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She's our first female to have to get spayed so I wasn't expecting it either. I do know that spaying is a lot more invasive than a neuter is. Logan didn't have to stay the night.
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Old 11-14-2012, 12:16 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Figgy was not required to spend the night after her spay. She went in first thing in the morning and we brought her home that evening. I know all clinics do things a bit differently though.
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You vet should offer you advice and opinions on what to feed your pet, but ultimately it is your decision! Now obviously you can't MAKE them feed her raw while she's there. Would they let you bring it in to her at mealtime? I think you just need to let them know that although you respect their opinion that this is what you have chosen to do and that it's final. If they continue to harass you about it I would find another vet!
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Overnight stays for spays are quite common. Ask if she can be done first thing in the morning so you can bring her home in the evening. Most vet practices do not keep staff on hand throughout the night so its not like someone will be there to monitor her. Tell them you want her to come home so you can keep a close eye on her and make sure she stays quiet. If they want you to sign a release form then so be it.

I wouldnt even mention her diet. Just state what you want and dont back down.
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Old 11-14-2012, 01:00 PM   #7 (permalink)
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When Georgie was spayed i dropped her off at 8:30 am and they didn't let me pick her up until after 5:30... I was thankful she did not have to stay over night. Like 2manydogs suggested, request that you want to take her home. you would rather her not be alone...

Georgie pretty much needed to be carried to my car (after she dead-lock stopped in her tracks the middle of the lot), then we went home, she peed (on the front lawn) and she went straight into her crate and slept through the night... as for food, the vet said to try after an hour or so of being home, but she slept the whole time! i don't think she ate until the next morning, early afternoon...

luckily, she didn't cry or whine at all, but it was so pitiful to see her so listless... But, trust me, they bounce back within about 3 days!!

good luck to you and Abby!
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Overnight stays for spays are quite common. Ask if she can be done first thing in the morning so you can bring her home in the evening. Most vet practices do not keep staff on hand throughout the night so its not like someone will be there to monitor her. Tell them you want her to come home so you can keep a close eye on her and make sure she stays quiet. If they want you to sign a release form then so be it.

I wouldnt even mention her diet. Just state what you want and dont back down.

I like this idea the best. Just tell them that you would prefer to bring her home and that's that.

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Old 11-14-2012, 01:04 PM   #9 (permalink)
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I'll try calling the vets again and ask about picking her up late. If they do surgeries on Tues and Thurs they're open until 7:00-7:30pm so maybe we could pick up right as they're closing. It does not make sense to me that they'd want to keep her overnight if nobody is there to watch her. They may have someone there to stay the night though. I'm not sure how that works. I've never had to leave one of my animals overnight aside from Riley for his emergency vet trips.
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The vets we use keep the females after a spay for the most part since it is usually more invasive. (the rescue vets)I am inclined to say "she eats raw" either she can eat what we feed her or we will bring her someplace else. You do what feels right for you. My vet tends to try to lecture but I casually say I am aware of the risks and this is my choice. She will nod and say ok and that's it. Good luck. No lecture from me on altering as you well now I am totally for it being in rescue.
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