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Monday, May 01, 2006

Energy and Spaying

We already know that Labrador Retrievers and energy go hand and hand. That is why we often dread when we have to get our Labs spayed. They veterinarian's say to keep the dogs calm for a whole week and refuse to give any type of sedative for the dog or the owner. Needless to say, we have found that the recovery timeline given by the vets is usually more of a guideline then it is a set of rules.

For instance, Cheyenne stayed home from doggie daycare all week in order to make sure that we were able to keep an eye on her. The last thing we want is to have someone else watch our pup while she is recovering from surgery. What if they missed something or weren't paying enough attention to her to see something is wrong. However, when Saturday rolled around, we said "Let's go!" and packed up the car with our girls and headed out. Lucky for us, there is a great dog park only 20 minutes from our home and that is exactly where we headed.

The girls had a great time, met lots of new doggie friends, and got rid of all that pent-up energy. There were only a couple of concerns we had about bringing them there. First, there is a river that runs through the park and Cheyenne had stitches that will melt if met with water. Second, was the number of mud puddles we may come across while on our walk through the woods. Although Cheyenne did get a muddy belly and got her paws wet, we were able to keep her away from both. As soon as she would notice either and start to head straight for it, we would pick up a new stick on the ground and throw it past the obstacle. It worked like a charm!

Just to make sure that there were not complications from our little adventure outdoors, we washed her belly when she got home and poured some hydrogen peroxide on her incision. We checked to for any puffiness and swelling, which we were glad to see none. Needless to say, we much rather the guidelines of spaying recovery to the vet's rules - a weekend with both Lab brats, tons of energy, and only so much room to run would have been too much to bare for any of us!


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