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Old 07-20-2007, 06:00 AM   #1
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Id just like to say first of all how good this board is,im a new member and just by readign the posts ive learned so much already!

Im after some further advice, with having a male puppy Bailey who is nearly 7 months, and an 11 week old puppy Amber (hard work doesnt even cover it!), im presuming that unless we want to mate them, which we dont s we are inexperienced and I think to many people see it as an opportunity to make a quick buck, but then one of them needs to have the op, and i think it would have to be little Bailey with him being older? I feel really bad that im forcing this on him and I hope it doesnt hurt, does anyone with a dog whos had the op know, how long it will take for them to recover so I can take time off work? And whats the ealiest age to do it? I dont want to do it too early but before Amber comes into heat. And if I leave Amber 'undone' will Bailey still be attracted to her when shes in heat and will he be trying it on with her all the time? Im not sure if we need to have her neutured aswell, I didnt want to if I didnt have to as I dont want to put her through unecessary pain.

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Old 07-20-2007, 07:12 AM   #2
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HI Gem and welcome to DogForum.org. Happy you found us!!!!

Being " done " is probably harder on the owner then it is on the dog itself. We tend to fret and worry ( I know I do everytime ). A dog hardly notices and will get back to normal within a few days barring any kind of infection at the incision sitr.

Male dogs can come home the same day while females usually send the night at the Vet's. My male dog Rudy, was wanting to run and play almost the next day.

You can expect the first day after the dog will be sleepy and most likey not feeling up to much but come the second day after you will see a great improvement.

Try not to worry, do not feel bad it is better in the long run for your dogs to be fixed if theya re only going to be pets. They will be better adjusted !

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Old 07-20-2007, 07:17 AM   #3
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I would have them both "done" You will have much nicer pets imo
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Male dogs can come home the same day while females usually send the night at the Vet's.
Hmm, that's odd, they sent Colbi home immediately after the surgery...
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Hmm, that's odd, they sent Colbi home immediately after the surgery...

I think it depends on the vet. My vet sends the females home the same day if there are not any complications...
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I've never had one spend the night after surgery but I have had vets offer to keep females overnight if I didn't feel like I could care for them properly. I always opt for home care over spending a night in a cage at the vet's office unattended if possible.

All the males I've had neutered were subdued the first 24 hours to some extent & pretty much back to normal the next day or so. Females take a little longer as the surgery is more evasive but I've never had one who was difficult to tend to at home. It usually takes about 3-4 days for a female to start feeling herself again.
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Cassie came home the same day, she was very groggy and so pathetic but was feeling fine the next day. Her incision healed in about a week. She had to wear a cone for a couple of days but was so clumsy with it (and our house is so small) that it eventually she just smashed it off on her own. We watched her to make sure she didn't lick the stitches - didn't have to take any time off work.

I agree with dlambertz that getting both "done" will make your pet household more harmonious. Not only will you avoid potential complications between your own pets - sometimes 'fixed' animals smell odd to intact ones - but also between them and other animals.

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Ashenpaw, our Border Collie had the op at 6 months, and we had a hard time keeping him calmed down when he got home. He was bopping around the house like nothing was wrong... I'm pretty sure that was the pain meds.

Calypso was a might bit more dazed when I saw her <at the time I was working at the Vet's as a kennel worker, so I saw her while I was cleaning cages>. She was not in pain, but she looked like she couldn't track anything... her head kind of teetering back and forth. She slept most of the time that evening after I brought her home... this was a long while ago, so memory isn't serving me so good! I know we had to keep her calm for at least 2-3 additional days. Basically it was to be sure the incision in her abdomen is well sealed.

Seriously, get them both done Bailey can be fixed now and he'll be much calmer. Amber you should probably wait til she's closer to 6 months. You'll be thankful never to go through pyometra, and Amber will to!

We have an indoor dog pack of two females and a male <all fixed> and they're just fine getting along. As far as Baily trying to umm... err... get it on... some dogs will just do that, even fixed. Females have been known to mount males. It takes a bit of training to discourage that, especially if the dog decides a visitor's leg is fair game!
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Thanks all for your replies, thats really good advice. I will look into them both having the op then, and youve put my mind at rest that my little babies wont be going through too much of a painful time when it comes to it, im sure i will still treat them like theyve had major surgery or something, I am a bit softie when it comes to my pups!! Thanks all x

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As a child(a million years ago), I remember always seeing boxes of "Free" puppies and kittens. I knew, even then, that "Free" meant unwanted. And I also understood the fate of those "Free" pets. As an adult, I have spay/neuter every pet I've owned-and yes, I've paid for the spay/ neuter for friends who didn't realized the cost involved with pet ownership. Yes it was very traumatic for me, when any one went in for the operation. But I got over it, because there would be no boxes of "Free" pets because of me, and the long term health benefits are numerous. So please, spay/neuter. Shelters are full of unwanted pets.
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