When April was only 6 months, we got her spayed. I dropped her off in the morning and picked her up in the evening. The next day, we took her down to my parents house for the weekend, we planned for her to be in her cage the whole day. While, my husband and I alternated going to the beach for the day.
Well, we woke up, and found out that she had taken off her cone (the plastic cone around her neck) and taken out two of her 10 stiches. Talk about PANIC! We quickly called all the nearest vets since we were about an hour from ours. And we went to the first vet that said, "COME IN." When we got there, they told us they could not take us in, because they had another emergency coming. I was so mad
because we drove 30 minutes to get to them only to go to another place.
So, we jumped in the car, while I was holding April, she started to move. She did not understand what was going on. So, we got to the second vet hosptial and they took us in right away and restitched her. By the time we got there, she was bleeding badly from her cut.
By the time we got there and home, it was about 4 hours. The vet instead of replacing 2 stitches ended up having to replace 8 of the 10, because by the time we got there, most had worked its way out of her stitch.
My advice, is when your dog is spayed make sure they keep the cone on the whole time. Make sure it is nice and tight, but comfortable, where they can still move and breath. And don't make any plans to go anywhere, make sure they can stay home.
We made that mistake, we thought if we were going to keep her in her crate, she would be okay. But, she was not and we were not able to go to our own vet. Definetly, keep them in the crate for the full 10-14 days, but keep a very close eye on them.