I apologize for the delay, typically I am at my clinic during the day and home in the evenings to respond to questions but have a break so will do my best to assist you now!
When we have a bump or bubble or anything irregular at the beginning or end of a spay incision it is commonly a reaction to the suture buried under that area. In some cases if it is a bubble it will rupture and you will see the underlying knot there.
You definitely should be able to bathe her if it has been two weeks since adoption and spay. Using an oatmeal-based dog shampoo and focusing on her most itchy areas, leaving the shampoo on contact x 10 minutes before rinsing to relieve her itch and then rinsing well.
How to find a good vet is a great question! I will guide you with a few questions:
- Asking friends and neighbors
- Calling vet clinics in your area and ask to speak to the vet or interview and tour the clinic before scheduling an appointment. I would say at least 50% will not bother to call you back, a tell tale sign that this is not someone willing to give you the attention nor time you need to feel comfortable with them. Then the other 45% you may decide you don't fit with their way of practicing. Come to meet the vet with a list of questions- how do you practice? When a pet presents with an illness do you take things step by step or want to do all the testing at once (most costly as you can imagine)? What is your vaccination
protocol (some vets do still over vaccinate, now rabies
primarily only 3 year vaccinations after the first two years of boosters
)? How many vets are at the practice (so that you may see a different one every time)? I have met with a handful of new clients or talked to some on the telephone before scheduling an appointment and that is perfectly fine!
- Lastly if you hone it down to a few different clinics go to yelp.com and googlebusiness and look at reviews of the clinic
I hope that information makes sense but please let me know anything else I can do for you both!