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We had Widdy (9 mos.) spayed a week ago today. Keeping her calm the first few days was easy!!! Now she is raring to go and in DIRE need of some serious exercise but even tho she seems "ready" and I usually think the animals are better judges to what they're capable of - I'm concerned about giving her the exercise she is soooooooooooooo desperately needing, after a week of restrictions.

Our usual routine is a minimum of 30 min. of solid frisbee chasing in the morning and another 30 min. in the evening, plus mini walks here and there. Well, since her spay - I've been walking her (we have an acre) so I just walk the parameter for 30 minutes (or less if she seems uninterested or not up to it). But it's just NOT burning that "doberman-energy" the way the daily frisbee chase does. :help_up_2 She is literally doing LAPS on the braided rugs ((actually quite funny to see her keep her zoomies on such a small area!!!)):p

Her incision looks great! She's leaving the stitches alone. And not much licking.

So I'm curious what y'all thought? :)
 

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When we went through this, it was difficult to keep my girl calm too. I think we waited 10 days before we started any fetching activities on a small scale. I would be concerned about her getting too much activity and the incision being ripped open. They can tolerate pain and probably wouldn't faze them. I would try some mental stimulation games (Training) to work off the energy and some low impact doggy games.
 

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Thanks Kratty and Gracie - that's what I figured! Any other time I've had a dog spayed.........they've been pretty easy to keep quiet. Our first dobe was nooooo problem. Widdy is in motion 24/7 -- so this "down time" is not sitting well with her! :) Poor baby!
 

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Sorry widow--you've got about a minimum of another 4 days with very limited exercise (total of 10 from the day of the spay) and 4 more after than with carefully moderated exercise. Then you should rebuild to prespay levels in the following week.

It's a myth that animals know what exercise level is appropriate--possibly a grown dog does but most of the spays are in young bitches. They feel just fine after two days but the tissue needs more time to properly knit. Nature doesn't do stitches--we do. And we need to curtail activity until sufficient time has elapsed for healing.

I work in a vet clinic and see tons of spays and neuters. The folks that have problems are almost always the ones who don't monitor post surgical exercise and the ones who say "My dog isn't licking his incision."

Consult your vet who did the surgery if you have any doubts.
 

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Thanks dobebug, that makes so much sense. My husband kept saying "WOW, she's back to her old self"! And, as much as he seemed to be right, I couldn't help but think "if it were ME that just had the same surgery I DOUBT I feel much like running!" :emo10: Plus, I've noticed dobes have an extremely HIGH tolerance for pain!!! It blows my mind!!!

So, we continue to just walk and if she starts to bank off the walls and furniture she has to go to her crate! Of course, she doesn't get obnoxious about being in there!! OH NO! That would be too easy!! She gives me those terribly sad eyes instead, making me horribly guilty!!! :sadcry:
 

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Java's reaction and healing was about the same. She was dropped off at the vet's early in the morning and hubby and son travelled on to Toronto to meet the camp bus. Vet required a three-day stay, we kept her there for two extra since I was w/o a car, and by the time she got home, she was off of her pain meds. One of the vets lost her Dobe a year ago and she always spoils and fusses over Java when she sees her, so I know she got lots of love while she was recuperating at the vet's.

NO WAY did I allow her to go racing through the woods with Max until I got the vet's OK. That doesn't mean that I wasn't tempted to, though. I was concerned about the stitches ripping. Instead we went for shorter walks (on leash) and did extra indoor training to keep her from getting bored.
 

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Know exactly how you're feeling!! Have to keep Abbie on restricted exercise at the moment and she's like a coiled spring!! Have been doing loads of training on walks as she's not allowed off lead and been playing games at home. Her favourite is when I put her out of the room, hide some biscuits and then she has to sniff them out. Also teaching new tricks as it really tires her mentally, Still, I'll be glad to let her have a good gallop round the park :)
 
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