Maggie was so excited early this morning when she discovered she got to go bye bye in the car with me and Travis. She loves riding in the car and doesn't mind at all that the only place she's ever gone in the car is to the vet because she adores the vets. Her appointment to be spayed was this morning. Maggie was confused when we left her behind but well behaved. Picked her up about 4:30 pm. Travis rode with her in the back seat so she wouldn't be jostled around. Helped her into the house after she emptied her bladder for an eternity. Offered her a bit of water per vet orders......she drank, and tossed it back up again a short while later. I had her crate ready for her but at first she wanted no part of it, went and slept on Molly's comfy fleece bed instead. Molly didn't mind, she was worried about her. Vet said to offer the water a teeny bit at a time and then offer a snack.......if she didn't retch and could keep it down then I could give the pain medications. It's after 11 pm and we've not gotten that far yet. She's not vomiting, but drinking or nibbling cheese causes retching. I don't think I'm giving her enough for her body to cause her to vomit. I'm afraid to push my luck with the pain medication right now. Poor baby is obviously in a LOT of pain. I know spaying is a good thing (no unwanted pups) but when I have a dog that has a lot of issues with pain afterwards it always makes me feel like a class a jerk for forcing them to go through what is actually an unnecessary procedure. I'll get over the guilt, but it makes me feel bad all the same. Right now her crate has been moved to the kitchen. (my computer desk is in the kitchen) Molly's bed is in it for her to lay upon and keep warm. This way she can be close to me without being bothered by the other animals and still feel safe. Standing up is very painful for her, her body language all but screams it. I hope she's better by morning because she has no desire to make the trip outside for her last potty trip of the day, coaxing is not working. I don't think she's had enough water since she has been home for it to be that big of deal. I'll just lock her crate door when I go to bed in a few minutes. (I've left it standing open since she's been home) Earlier she was licking the area quite a bit. I couldn't quite tell if she was cleaning the blood off the area around the incision or licking the incision, but if she continues I'll be picking up the cone of shame tomorrow when the boys go home. That is another thing, I have easy child's boys tomorrow. Maggie will stay in the kitchen gated away from them. Darrin normally plays with her before catching the bus. Nana will have to explain about the surgery and just let him pet her cuz she'll be disappointed if he doesn't at least do that as they're "buds" and all. So far Maggie is the worst I've had after spaying. Betsy wasn't so hot either but kept her water down right away and so could get her pain medications quickly. After which she was fine. Sometimes it blows to be a doggie Mom too.