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    Caring for a Spayed Puppy - Help!

    My puppy was spayed yesterday (mini schnauzer) and I was wondering if anyone has recommendations on how to care for her and alieviate her pain? She's started to try to scratch her stitches (she has a cone/buster collar) by using her hind leg/paw. She's a smart cookie. Is there anything I can put on her stitches to help with the itching and dicomfort?

    I heard tee tree oil is good but it didn't work for a friends dog.

    Any suggestions?

    Thanks,

    J

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    Re: Caring for a Spayed Puppy - Help!

    Quote Originally Posted by puppy-love View Post
    My puppy was spayed yesterday (mini schnauzer) and I was wondering if anyone has recommendations on how to care for her and alieviate her pain? She's started to try to scratch her stitches (she has a cone/buster collar) by using her hind leg/paw. She's a smart cookie. Is there anything I can put on her stitches to help with the itching and dicomfort?

    I heard tee tree oil is good but it didn't work for a friends dog.

    Any suggestions?

    Thanks,

    J
    tea tree oil is not what you want to use (it can be used for other things but some people here disagree (it has to be used with caution)) what you need to use is vitamin E and or aloe gel- you want to sooth the skin during healing. Pain relief should be something administered from the vet. I only like to use it for a few days. I am going to go thru another spay myself soon- hope your baby feels better soon
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    Re: Caring for a Spayed Puppy - Help!

    If she just got spayed yesterday, I wouldn't put anything on the surgical site. I would ask the vet for some pain meds if needed. Try to distract her with a kong filled with peanut butter or something like that.


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    Re: Caring for a Spayed Puppy - Help!

    Thank you! I didn't realize tea tree oil isn't good. Aloe vera gel makes sense, I will wait a few days before I give her anything. The vet sent me home with pain medication and my husband who's home with her today said she's been sleeping all morning.

    I'll see how she does tonight when I'm home.

    Jen

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    Re: Caring for a Spayed Puppy - Help!

    I never give my spayed dogs any pain meds - it just masks their pain enough to have them overdo it. Within 24 hours, they usually act like nothing happened anyway.

    Do be careful she doesn't tear those stitches, though. That would be a big problem.

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    Re: Caring for a Spayed Puppy - Help!

    Wrapping that belly with coban or religiously keeping the big floppy collar on will help keep her off her stitches. I was grateful to hear my vet when he said they used surgical wire. Much harder to chew out.

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