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Question about puppy's activity after surgery

My Molly got spayed on Thursday and the vet gave us this big list of directions about feeding her right after & activity level & such. They said to limit her activity for 10-14 days, leash walks only, no running, jumping, or climbing stairs. If she started getting too antsy let them know and they can prescribe something to calm her down.  The first two days she seemed kindof out of it & was taking it easy on her own. I carried her up & down the four steps going in my house & kept her on a leash outside, everything was fine. By Sunday she's acting like herself again, wanting to chase the cat around the house, jump on my other dog, just act like a puppy.

Is it really bad if I let her run? I feel bad saying no to her all the time for wanting to play, but I don't want her on meds again either. Is the vet just overly cautious or is this really important? My other dog jumped out a half open car window the day after he was nuetered & he was fine.

I would stick with leash walks, the incision could come open again, it needs time to heal.

But this is normal puppy behavior. When Maggie got spayed, she was out of it the day after, but the next day, she was ready to bounce of the walls again. I used the opportunity to get in some good practice time with the leash.  :)

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This sounds like a davedrum question.  If he doesn't see the topic, message him.

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This sounds like a davedrum question.  If he doesn't see the topic, message him.

Good Idea- Dave?

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Hey....(feeling flattered that you ask my opinion.....really)!

First question I have is how old Molly is? I've had so many rescue dogs spayed and neutered that I have to say that it depends on their age/diet/health, etc. A young healthy dog will and can start "bouncing" off the walls within 24 hours of them being fixed. I would never take them on a five mile hike or run.....but I usually just let them adjust on their own. They know their own bodies and won't push themselves. If they feel pain, or feel tired, they'll stop. But this I DO know.....It does not take a healthy dog a week to 10 days  before you can let them chase the cat around....let them go for long walks....let them be themselves. Molly will NOT hurt herself. She won't. If it's been 24 hours already.....just let her be.

The thing I think is most important.... is that they fast for 24 hours after their surgery (only water or organic broth for the first 24 hours)....other then that.....just let Molly be...hmmmm....Molly! Trust me....she knows her limits better then you do.

(Glad you got her fixed....) Thanks!  :)
-d!

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If she started getting too antsy let them know and they can prescribe something to calm her down. 

After reading that sentence again....I wanted and needed to add to my last post.....

You're in NJ, right?......I'd love to help you find a new vet.....I would.....
-give her "drugs" to help "calm" her down?????!!!!!.....UGH!

Do you "own" Dr. Goldstein's book yet? If not.....when you DO get it...it will quickly become your "doggy and kitty bible"....I think most here that I have recommended it to...and that have read it will agree.....right Deuceo?  ;)

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WOW! Thanks so much!!! That's great to hear! That's how my husband & I felt, but I just like having it confirmed by someone with a lot of doggy experience. I should mention she also had a belly button hernia that was fixed, but I don't think that makes much of a difference.

She's about 5 1/2 months old now, so yeah, she wants to run around like a puppy. I'll still try to keep her from taking a flying leap down the stairs or up onto the couch for a while, but now I won't worry so much. Thanks for the good news!

There are some other issues with our vet I'm not that crazy about, already thinking about changing. I've been meaning to get that book.

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There are some other issues with our vet I'm not that crazy about, already thinking about changing. I've been meaning to get that book.

PLEASE get it! Trust me....it's SO worth it...every dollar. Ask anyone here that has read it....

And at 5 1/2 months of age? Let her do whatver she wants right now....anything she wants to do. Let her bounce off the walls.....let her eat good food, and in a few more days....take her for a run....it will do her good....it will.  ;)

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