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Old 29-05-2009, 10:42 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Just how Calm does ruby need to be and for how long? The vets said no running, no jumping, no stairs, no sofa, no jumping and no being silly.

But i seriously cant keep her calm! she just wants to run around the house/ garden. She loves to spin around on the spot for no apparent reason ( has done since a pup) she loves to lay on her back and wiggle furiously like a worm, she loves to pounce on shadows and generally bounce around on springs and she cant walk anywhere she must RUN.
I have been keeping her on lead in the garden because the one time i let her out without the lead on, she broke into a bum-tuck. She cant understand why she keeps getting told off and made to sit down bless her.

I tried giving her a huge rawhide which usually keep her quiet while she chews on them, but yesterday she decided it would be fun to throw it at the telly/ wall/ fish tank periodically then chase after it and when she had finished eating it was back to being a lunatic.

I am tempted to go out and buy her a crate ( i have no idea where my dad put the one she had as a pup) but knowing her, if its big enough for her to stand up in... its big enough for her to chase her tail in! Also its an expensive thing to buy when she will only need to use it for few days (but something i will get if its going to stop her hurting herself)

She was spayed on Wednesday, and has been back to her good old "perky" self since about 3am yesterday! Just how calm does she need to be kept? and any tips ( short of gluing her paws to the floor or sitting on her! :lol: )
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Umm tough one. Sorry no advice as I haven't had this yet. Do you think Ruby would go into a crate again?

Good luck anyway and I will be interested to see what advice can be given.
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Old 29-05-2009, 11:36 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Mine have been exactly the same and within a couple of days it was like they had never had anything done. I used to take mine out for a walk (on lead) a couple of times a day, just for 10-15 mins, as otherwise they did the Wall of Death round my living room. I never gave mine any painkillers either (don't know if you vet gave you some for your girl) as I always think a little discomfort will stop them doing anything too daft. I didn't stop them getting on the sofa or going up and down stairs either, I just tried to keep them from hoolying too much.
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Old 29-05-2009, 11:48 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Relax!
When Big Bad Beth came home the first thing she did was to roll on her back to show Lucy her operation scar then raced her to the top of the garden and back! I've always gone to the vets with the good intentions of lifting them into the car, but they have always beat me too it and jumped in the instant I've opened the back up.

Just use common sense. If they donít want to walk then dont. If they do then I'd stick to a short lead walk for until after the stitches are out. Gradually building the length as the days go by. Take a little care for a couple of days or so after the stitches are out then it's back to normal.

I personally have never bothered with an Elizabethan collar, but then, my dogs have always been old enough to understand to leave the stitches alone and I've never had any bother. You need to play that one by ear.

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Thanks Meli, i expect she probably would go in a crate with some coaxing.

Thanks Jules. Vet didnt give her pain killers, said the same thing; a little bit of pain is a good thing and should stop her actng like a loon (but that if she was in a lot of pain to pop in and get some) ... But in Rubys case, she appears to be in no pain at all, its like nothing ever happened to her, she is currently stting at my feet with a tennis ball, dropping it and picking it up, dropping it and picking it up ( trying to get my attention so i throw it)

I'll pop her in the car later and take her for a short walk through town (its all countryside on my doorstep, and there is seriously no chance of calm walk even on lead in the country with rabbits, and pheasents and nice smells) but in town theres a small chance she MIGHT be semi calm if i go at the end the day when there at no people about and use her halti so she cant pull even if she wants to!
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Just seen what Jules has said about pain killers. Too true! As far as I'm concerned pain is the limiting thing. Do away with the pain and they may well overdo things because there is no sense that they are doing themselves harm. So I too never give painkillers.

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Sorry John you posted while i was typing! After both your advice, ill definitely take her out for a stroll later today when its less busy out and a bit cooler.

She doesn't have an Elizabethan collar, i have a big t-shirt on stand by to put on her if she starts on her stitches, but other than giving them a bit of a sniff the day she came home, she hasn't touched them ( thankfully!)
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I've always gone to the vets with the good intentions of lifting them into the car, but they have always beat me too it and jumped in the instant I've opened the back up.
Mine too John....They can't get away from there quick enough :wink: :lol: .

I think vets are much more cautious these days and I can only assume this is in case they somehow get the blame if something does go wrong.

It is nay on impossible to keep a young dog completely calm, unless you are going to sedate or crate it....which ok, after really tricky surgery (joint replacements, etc) you have to do, but it really isn't necessary after a normal spay.

I was told years ago (by a horse vet) that a little movement/light exercise helped get the blood flowing round the body, so aiding recovery and this to me makes much more sense than trying to keep a dog absolutely calm.

As John said, you just use common sense really. :wink:
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When Anna broke a tooth my vet pulled it out and tried to sell me Metacam as a pain killer! When Amy broke one of my teeth my dentist pulled it out, gave me a pat on the back and sent me on my way!! :lol: Vets have a thing about supplying pain killers with everything these days.

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Thanks im feeling much better about it now.

Im such a worry wart!
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