I got both of my B's spayed a month ago today WOW! And Topaz took it much worse. The Vet gave me specific instructions as well as pain meds for both of them. She was much more difficult since she is actually having organs removed and her incision was much larger than his. So her sutures had to be watched carefully. She also warned that their hormones get wacky and so be careful for personality changes but they DO return to normal after a week.
Day1-Topaz was too sleepy to go outside & wanted no food
Day2-went outside but no potty & only a few bites of food. She only wanted to be on my lap no daddy & DEFNITELY no C3 (he's her best buddy)
Day 3-went outside still VERY moody & only a few bites of food
Food is very important for their recovery so we went back to the Vet to help us make her eat something.
Day4-finally ate a full meal of prescription diet & went potty normally. Still moody!
Day5-picky eating (only wet food no kibble at all) & was moving about very gently. Starting to get more playful now but was possessive about her food & nyla bone
Day 6-eating more & was now trying to jump around but yell when it was too much
Day7-10 was much more normal & much less moody..unless C3 accidently ran into her with his lamp shade (poor guy!) By the time the stitches were removed she was absoultely back to normal.
I think mine was the worse case scenario so I hope this will help prep you. And good job going with a private vet vs. a clinic. Make sure you know someone who's had their dog spayed with the vet too because I have heard of vets who do hack jobs with stitches.
Good luck & best wishes for Mali