Mia will be spayed on Thursday - What should I expect?

Mia will be spayed on Thursday. She will be kept overnight at the clinic and I will be picking her up on Friday morning.

What should I expect when she comes home? 

From what I understand we should keep the level of activity at a minimum after the surgery, but Mia is just full of energy, I don’t see how that would be possible…

If my vet doesn’t offer any medication should I ask for some (pain relief or anti-inflammatory)?

Thank you all,


Viola and Mia

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I would ask to make sure someone is staying with her there overnight. I've heard some places keep them overnight but there's no one even at the clinic...in which case I would just take her home! Usually the vet will give you some pain medicine for her, and if he/she doesn't I would definitely ask.

She will probably be pretty groggy the first day but after that she'll still need to take it easy. If she's really energetic I guess I'd keep her in an x-pen or a small baby-gated room to keep her activity level low. I'm not looking forward to this part myself when I have my puppy neutered in a month!
Taffy was spayed last Dec 23rd, and wore a cone for 10 days which she found a little frustrating, but adapted quite well. She was back to normal almost IMMEDIATELY, and there was lots of Christmas activity around the house at the time. She needed no pain medication whatsoever... I'm sure Mia will recover just as fast
Thank you Jane and Judy :)
The vet kept Tegan overnight specifically so someone would be checking on her at least once an hour, so I agree with Jane -- if there's no one there, bring her home. She didn't need the cone (never licked or bit at the stitches). Our vet gave her pain meds while she was in the hospital, but said she didn't need any after that. We never noticed any discomfort. She was extremely thirsty (vet told me this is normal from the anesthesia) the first day she was home.

She was active within a day, which our vet said was fine as long as she wasn't playing with other dogs, but told us to carry her up/down the stairs until she got her stitches out. We didn't encourage any extreme play, but we just couldn't keep her from running around beginning the second day. We bought her some new chew toys and gave her bully sticks to encourage stationary chewing. The one thing we weren't expecting, but apparently isn't unusual, was her diarrhea. She only had one instance shortly after she came home, and the vet said it was probably a reaction to the anesthesia. Poor thing -- I could tell it surprised her and so she had an accident inside (which she hadn't done in a long time). Overall, she did great, and we couldn't even see the scar from the stitches three months after the surgery.

Good luck keeping Mia quiet! It was the most anxiety producing part for us, but we kept an eye on the stitches, and she was just fine.
Quin was done this summer, they didn't keep her over night. We took her home before she was even fully awake. She was a sad puppy the first day and most of the next but after that she bounced back fine. She never had to wear a cone or collar, never even bothered her stitches she played in the house and I didn't confine her, although we didn't take our walks for about a week. We live in the desert and it is very dusty on the dirt roads and I wanted to keep her incision clean. Other than that I think they will only do what their body will allow them to do. Ruff housing with other dogs probably not a good idea.
Molly never wore a cone (she's such a good girl!). I was told to keep her activity to a minimum for two weeks until the stitches came out and no jumping up and down, a low chair was okay though. My vet believes a little pain keeps them from being over active, but I think a pain pill makes them sleepy/drowsy. Molly only needed pain meds for the first 4-5 days. She came home and was very drowsy but after the first weeks she was my happy girl again.
Mia might be a little groggy, but she will recover in no time. Since the incision is in a place where she can't reach, a soft inflatable cone is optional. Pain meds are not necessary, light activity is preferred, no jumping. Due to the recent rain / snow in Montreal, try and keep her incision dry and clean :)
Lily were a cone and keep her quite was hard...but we survived and she did great!
It was not that bad after all...
When Bailey got spayed, she was wiped out when I brought her back home. She slept the rest of the evening. Keep an eye on the incision to make sure that it doesn't pull apart, but other than that, just limit her activity for the next two weeks (or whatever your doctor says) and walk her on a leash when she has to go out to take care of business. If she's really active, then you might want to consider crating her.

Like others have said, ask if there will be anyone staying at the clinic overnight and, if so, how often they will be checking in on her. I don't know why a clinic would want to keep a dog overnight if there is no one at the clinic at that time. Barnum, my other corgi, just got neutered yesterday and I brought him home that evening since my vet doesn't have overnight staffing.
Thank you everyone for all you help. The surgery is tomorrow, I’m getting nervous :(

There will be no one staying at the clinic overnight. The receptionist told me that reason for keeping Mia is to make sure she doesn’t more around too much, and then in the morning they can do a follow-up.

I feel horrible knowing that she will be there all alone…
I have always brought mine home the same day and just kept them in a quiet room or kenneled. I think they might do this for their protection. I never needed a collar except for my male Aussie as he was a licker! Pain meds...I used maybe the 1st 2 days. I would also try to bring her home if you can gave her the quiet place she needs. Good luck...I think it's harder on us and she will be groggy!
Bring her home that night. She will be too hurting and groggy to be very active, and some TLC is the best medicine for her. Torri was back to near normal in just a couple of days. We gave up on the cone by day three; she left her incision alone, and the cone dragged on the grass and sidewalk when we took her out.


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