Thursday, December 10, 2009

Freedom: Lara's Big Day

Yesterday at 8:15 a.m. I delivered Lara to Dr. Milton Gee's office in Encinitas for spay surgery which was performed by Dr. Gary Haver. Dr. Gee is one of many vets that offers discount spay and neutering surgery through a partnership with the San Diego County Department of Animal Services.

The procedure officially brought an end to any chance that Lara could be exploited as a breeder again.

"Lara was great. She was very friendly and high energy when she arrived," Dr. Haver said. "Her excitement for being in the company of people was contagious and it made everyone want to be with her. After an exam and review of her medical history she was given a 'preanesthesic injection.' She soon was in a much calmer state."

11: 16 a.m. Vet tech McKenzie Russell prepares Lara for surgery.

11:24 Dr. Haver begins surgery.

11:27 a.m.

11:43 a.m.

11:51 p.m. Finishing up.

"The routine surgery was completed without incident and she was soon back in her kennel recovering from anesthesia, though she still was in a calm state from the pain injection given intraoperatively," Dr. Haver said. "I want to see her back in 10-14 days to remove her sutures. I can tell already that she will not hold any grudges about the surgery and will be excited and happy to come in and be the center of attention once again."

5:15 p.m. Home, in the stairwell.

7:32 p.m., awake, but groggy, and still in the stairwell.

6:23 a.m. this morning.
"Little does Lara know that her better life began yesterday," Dr. Haver said. "No more potential sex hormone induced problems in her future, she will never get ovarian or uterine cancer, and the threat of a life threatening uterine infection has been completely eliminated. And though she probably could be a great mother, I'm sure she put her maternal time in earlier in her life and will be happy to enjoy her life without concerning herself with puppies."

1 comment:

  1. I'm so glad that ordeal is over...and she looks so sweet when she's groggy. :)