No, not really. But she thinks she is.
Last Thursday, we finally took her to get spayed, after being delayed because of her skin issues and later because a blood test showed low-platelets. After supplements, she was finally ready.
She didn’t do too well on surgery and Friday spent the morning in pain. She didn’t want to eat, and we had to give the pain reliever with food, so the vet stopped by to force feed her some canned food with a massive syringe, and then she was fine after taking the meds.
Too fine, that is. She went back to her jumping, running around all over the place self in no time. Though she does hate her e-collar…
By Saturday night she was carrying her ugly rubber chicken with her everywhere and whimpering loudly the whole time.
By Monday morning, it had not improved, so the vet was back (by the way, have I mentioned how amazing it is that a home visit from the vet costs $12?). As soon as I lifted her up to show him her swollen belly, milk came out of her nipples.
Are you KIDDING me?
So she’s going through an imaginary pregnancy right now, whimpering and carrying her stupid rubber chicken everywhere with her, as if it was a puppy.
Couldn’t she have chosen a better looking toy to be her puppy?
To make things worse, all her legs are covered up with flaky scabs on Sunday as well. A fungal infection, maybe? Who knows, we’re still waiting for the results. But the stress from surgery probably lowered her immunity and definitely brought something up.
Honestly, this whole thing made me question the benefits of spaying. It’s more of a convenience for me (not having to deal with bloody diapers once or twice a year) than a benefit to her. Sure it reduces the chance for some kind of cancers – but give me a break, organs are being removed, if I removed mine, it would reduce chances of cancers on me too.
If I’m a responsible dog owner, that never leaves her pet unattended unless locked inside the house, why is spaying necessary? I started to think it’s actually inhumane, done for the benefit of the owners, not the pets. She’s went through such a hard time, I thought I might lose her (I kept checking if she was still breathing as she was so lethargic), and I don’t think I’d do it again if I knew. I still believe in neutering (it’s just a snip, snip and done), but spaying is such an invasive surgery!
Plus, her acting all pregnant now is also heartbreaking. Am I being too sensitive? I don’t know. Spaying is definitely a cultural thing, much more common in the US than other countries. (People look at us as if we’re crazy when we say she went through surgery so she can’t have puppies.)
What is your take on it? I feel like I caused my baby pain just for my own convenience, nor hers.