|Barked: Thu Jun 14, '07 4:14pm PST |
No worries-- Bella was spayed at the ripe old age of 8 weeks (she weighed less than 5 lbs then). It's standard procedure for the rescue group where we got her from along with most shelters. As far as I know, there have been no fatalities!
Just make sure to follow the doctor's instructions-- no food or drink after 8-9 pm the night before. It's actually in Madie's best interest to keep her there overnight. If any complications arise (God forbid), the vet and/or vet staff will be right there to help! I wouldn't want to take my puppy back the same day she had surgery, and have to take her to the emergency room should anything happen.
Of course, spay/neuter is surgery that requires anesthesia, so there is a very teensy chance of complication, albeit small. Keep in mind that this percentage is so overwhelmingly outweighed by the pros of the surgery (and the success rates of most pets).
Secondly, I would only really worry if Madie had a condition such as cryptorchidism (in males with one descended testicle), was currently pregnant (this is more complicated a surgery), or had some other medical condition or allergy to the anesthesia.
She'll just be groggy and not as active after the surgery. If she's a scratcher, the vet will recommend a victorian collar for a few weeks until the staples are removed
Hope this helps!
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