Hi everyone! This post is... awkward! But we are writing it to see if anyone could offer words of wisdom and comfort for our over-anxious Mama.
You see, Lily has never been spayed.
The reason? Well, remember, for the first eighteen months of her life, she legally belonged to the people Mama lived with, and those people had no plans to spay her. (Remember, their negligence to spay their first dog or neuter their second dog was how they ended up with Lily in the first place!)
When Mama ended up with Lily, she had about zero dollars saved up. What she did have, she spent getting Lily her first vaccinations (also never given to her or any other dogs by her previous owners) and to register her (one more thing never done) so that Lily could never be taken away from her.
Mama knew about some low-cost spay and neuter clinics in the area, but she was nervous about them. Rightly so in some cases... one of them ended up being mixed up in an incident involving a "rescue organization" where twenty dogs, three birds and an opossum starved to death and another emaciated six were found alive. Mama didn't want to trust her baby to just anyone!
And then, Lily had her first heat, back in March, which meant Mama had to wait a while anyways in order to get her spayed.
But now everything is coming together. Mama has gotten a "spay certificate" for $90, and Grampa has offered to pay for another $100 for medications and bloodwork associated with the spaying. Mama went online and found a veterinarian that would take the spay certificate, that has tons of positive reviews and no negative stories connected to it. (Unfortunately, our family veterinarian will not take the spay certificate.) Everything should be okay, right?
But Mama, of course, is totally nervous. She's really worried about Lily getting the surgery, especially since she has to get "put under." She's really a worry wart about Lily. You should have seen her the day she took Lily to get her vaccinations... when the lady explained the risks associated with the shots, Mama just about started crying! So of course, thinking about her little dog actually getting put under and then having a major operation is making Mama a little sick. She's having horrible visions of being told that little Lily didn't make it through the operation! Even though both of our big sisters, plus Trixie and Sammy-Joe, were all spayed without incident... Mama is afraid, since Lily is so tiny, she has less of a chance of survival.
We know Mama is being silly. But maybe if she hears it from some of you, she will feel better!
(Also... about BlogPaws... we're probably not gonna go after all. If none of you guys are going, whats the point?)
Trixie, Lily and Sammy-Joe