Today May 9, 2012, I phoned the father and daughter of
the Chihuahua 8 months, Female, I spayed as a benchmark and example to
Dr Daniel on May 6, 2012. It is very useful to know the effect of
pain-killers and compliance by the owners.
On May 6, 2012, Sunday, I spayed Chihuahua, Female, born June 18,
2011, said to be 10 months old. She was 1.7 kg, good bodily
condition,38.7 deg C. Vulva slightly enlarged.
Bleeding heat said to be 2 months ago. Health check by Dr Daniel, . Hx:. Ab E/D/T Well. No V+/D+/C/S. PE: BAR, active. heart/lungs normal. GIT normal (abdo palp - no pain). menses 2 months ago. Does not want blood test screening of health.
Dom and Ket Sedation at 50% and isoflurane gas maintenance and the dog woke up at the end of last stitch.
Ovaries and uterine bodies enlarged and congested as if on heat/infected (see images)/0 absorbable suture x 1
Post op tolfedine + baytril injection SC
1. tolfedine painkillers x 3 tablets (not given at all). Now Day 3. Advised owner to give. Owner will give crushed tab in banana.
2. trimeth x 1 bottle, multi-vit x 1 bottle. Owner had given. "Almost all medicine is taken," the father said there was no problem and so did not give the 3 tolfedine pain-killer tablets.
Post-op observations by the owner (father) is as follows:
Day 1 and Day 2 after op. Not active but can walk to pee and poop as normal. Will eat dry food if the owner added chicken wing meat
Day 3 - Not eating since chicken wing meat not added. I advised the owner to continue with chicken wing meat as an eating dog recovers faster.
Will give crushed tolfedine powder with bananas as dog like bananas
Bandage changes advised but father is afraid the stitches will come off. "No problem with the stitches as they are quite tight," I said. "Wash away the dried blood clots and replace with new bandage on Day 4 or 5.
It seems like this spay has no post-op complication despite the owner not giving the tolfedine tablets. But there was a tolfedine and baytril injection post-op.
Liquid medicine is easier to give in this case.
Crushed painkiller tolfedine tablet within meat ball may be advised. The owner said bananas can be used as the dog loves bananas. A follow-up is important after spay but vets usually don't have time to do it and 99% of the cases have no post-op problem anyway. So we don't do it.
Bandage changing may be difficult for the owner.
lst day is always the inactive day. By Day 3, the female spayed dog should be eating normally.
In this case, she was eating when chicken wing meat was added, even on Day 1.The father thought of stopping the chicken wing meat on Day 3 to prevent the Chihuahua from being picky but I advised him not to, till the dog has recovered from surgery, in around 14 days. There is no need for stitch removal in spays done by me and so I doubt I will see this dog from Rivervale in North Singapore again.