Spay Days

It’s been a very quiet weekend here at The Aerie because on Thursday we had Penny spayed.  She had finished a heat right before the holidays and we knew we ought to get around to having the procedure done right after everything died down.  After getting her blood work done, we decided to go in on a Thursday because we knew we could just hang out with her over the weekend as she recuperated.

By all accounts, she sailed through the procedure just fine.  Although while the anesthetic was wearing off Thursday night, there was a nearly-constant “mmmmrrrrraaaawwwwwrrrrrrmmmmaaarrrrmmmmm” coming from her.  After that though, she really was in pretty good shape.

I think all three of us are happy that we have not had to employ the “Elizabethan” collar, better known around these parts as the Cone of Shame, as Penny hasn’t really shown any tendency to pick or worry at her incision.

Cone of Shame

She’s supposed to be on very light activity for 10 days after the procedure, so there will be no chasing bunnies in the chaparral or frolicking on dog beach until after next weekend.  Today, she clearly has some more energy than the previous days and wants to play, though after a little activity she settles right back down.

Chilling out

Good girl.

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16 thoughts on “Spay Days

  1. Ha! After we saw the movie “Up,” the term “Cone of Shame” became our code word for punishment following a naughty deed, like eating all of the cookies in the jar or leaving one’s empty soda cans all over the living room. (“For this, you will now wear the Cone of Shame!”) Happily we don’t have a real one around the house. It would be interesting if an attempt was made to force people to wear one.

    But poor Penny! I’m glad you decided to spay her, but I can’t imagine it was fun for her. Hopefully she will feel better in time for next weekend!

    • HG — yeah, we were never not going to spay her since we were never going to breed her and her show career was short. I may have to adopt more usages of Cone of Shame around the house!

    • MT — there’s a lot of data for and against early spaying (better for cancer, worse for hip displaysia that sort of thing). We had good experience with letting Susan’s old dog Eutaw get to full maturity before spaying and so rode it out to here too.

      • Sure enough. I know you’d done research cos that’s the kind of guy you are.

        My father raised and trained (we were NOT breeders) hounds throughout my childhood, so we “processed” at least 100 dogs through that time. We never had any issues! We had one Great Dane who suffered terrible arthritis in his elder years (he lived to 14, which is uncommonly old for that breed) and my Catahoula had a congenital spinal disorder that led to me putting him down at a SAD age of 7. Those were our only problems out of all those dogs. We had a great run but we took “professional” care of them, too…and they had an uncommonly excellent home, being a ranch rather than a single-wide trailer ;p

  2. Poor sweet Penny. Glad to hear she is doing well. Teulu’s Neuter turned into a nightmare, but that is a story for a different day! She is a lucky lady to have you guys as her owners.

  3. Have I mentioned this before? If I die and come back as a dog, I want to live with You and your Wife. lol Cross country vacations….mountain runs….go to work with the master…beach runs….or simply lounge around the house on a covie. Who wouldn’t want that life???? ;)

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