I'm not going to talk your ear off about the benefits of Spaying and Neutering your pets, (you should, by the way) because that's an entirely different post.
I am going to, however, tell you about something very special that I'm not sure a lot of people know exists.
When I called to make LG's appointment at the end of June, the receptionist asked me what type of dog she was, and when I said a "pit-mix", she told me about a program they had going on, starting in August.
Apparently, I could have her spayed for $20! This is $80 off of what they usually charge for a dog her size, and they clipped her nails for free as well while she was under.
The reason we were able to get this amazing deal?
The specific grant was for Pit Bulls and Pit Bull mixes to be spayed for $20 during the entire month of August.
We also had her Heartworm test done (Negative!) her rabies shot, as well as a microchip and her final puppy boosters. We paid less than $100.
This is beyond a blessing for us. There is no way we would have bee able to afford to have all of that done at the same time if it weren't for Petsmart Charities. I really cannot thank them enough.
I also cannot say enough good things about the Humane Society we went to. They were so nice, and also I have to say, I'm pretty sure they had almost everything to do with how well and how quickly LG recovered.
She was terrified when we dropped her off, clinging to MP like her life depended on it.
And I think the ladies noticed who were checking her in, because they let us walk her back and put her in her cage in the room with the other pups who had surgeries that day. It really seemed to help calm LG down, as well as reassure her that we were coming back for her. I won't lie, it also helped this nervous fur-mommy as well.
No matter how many times we do this, I will always be nervous dropping my babies off at the vet, no matter the reason. I know they are in great hands, but I guess other Mom's probably know what I mean when I say I'm the only person who can take care of my babies the way they deserve to be taken care of.
She is my youngest, and like I told MP, the last one (last pup anyway) that we will be having fixed for a long time, so I was thrilled to not receive a call before it was time to go pick her up.
No news is good news in those situations.
We picked her up and she kind of stumbled out of the back and as soon as she reached us sat down and started her little whine that is so typical of her when she first sees us after an extended absence.
We thanked the amazing women who watched our baby for the day, and headed to the car to take her home to her sisters.
She whined most of the way home until she finally laid down all the way down and closed her eyes a few miles from home.
MP carried lifted her crate out of the car with her still inside and brought her in the house that way. Her siblings were so excited to see her, and I'm glad we chose to do it this way; I think their excitement might have been a little overwhelming for her if they'd had direct access to her.
She slept for a little while and before I started work that night I offered her a little food so I could give her the prescribed pain meds.
She wasn't interested, so I put her back to bed in her crate while I worked the first half of my shift.
On my break I took her out in the front yard on the leash where she did her *ahem* business, and we went back inside. I offered her a little water and another small handful of food, and this time she ate and drank like a champ.
I gave her a pain pill before I went back to my office, and by the time I finished my shift about two hours later she was a different pup! Her eyes were bright and she wagged her tail when I walked in the room.
I took her out on a leash in the backyard with the other pups, and I could tell that she was almost herself again.
For the rest of the weekend we were trying to reign in her energy and we were constantly having to calm her down.
I was so afraid she would rip a stitch y'all! And that is not cheap, I know from experience!
But, by Monday she was back to herself and when I called to ask the vet if I needed to really focus on restricting her activity which was getting to be nearly impossible, they told me that at this point she would do what she could handle. If she needed extra rest, she'd take it, and if something hurt she'd stop.
Out of four female pups getting spayed in just as many years, her recovery was not only the easiest in terms of pain, but also the quickest.
Thanks so much Petsmart Charities for giving us this opportunity, and thank you Tampa Bay Humane Society for treating our girl so great!
Disclaimer: This post is my own opinions and is in no way affiliated with any other organization including but not limited to Humane Society of Tampa Bay as well as Petsmart and/or Petsmart Charities. I paid for her surgery out of pocket with my own paycheck. This is NOT a sponsored post.