So Baxter's big day is on Wednesday and I'm so scared. I keep saying to myself that he likes being 'whole' I didn't think that i'd be this emotional about it. I'm even thinking i should take some timee off of work. Did any of you?
It's really not a big deal. Personally I'd go to work, it keeps your mind off of it. He doesn't care about being intact or not. In fact, he'll probably be happier afterwards because he won't have all those hormones in him, and he can worry more about being a dog rather than where the females are. You're doing him a favor, don't feel bad. :)
when bentley was neutered i wanted to take the day off but i did work, i had told the vet to please call me as soon as he was out of surgery , so i knew he was fine and i could stop stressing. He told me it only would take a few hours or so ( had some teeth pulled also) but the vet didnt call me till like 1pm after dropping bentley off at 9am i was worried all day untill he called- i picked him up around 3 when the vet said he was able to go home. I did leave work early so my little guy didnt have to stay any longer then he had to- he was sooo happy to see me- I did cry when i got him tho, guess i was so happy he was ok and i was sad that he probably was in pain and also he had dried blood all over his mouth from the teeth being pulled- the vet did tell me they tried cleaning his face- didnt seem like they did a good job but none the less he made it and was fine- He healed very fast and he licked at it all the time i would of coarse but i think it was where they shaved him- thats what was bothersome it seemed. I waited till bentley was 8.5 months before i had him neutered because i was scared and felt bad for him so i kept canceling my appts and finially went threw with it- so i put it off for 2 and 1/2 months- Now its daisys turn- the vet wanted to spay her this week but with a few things he wants to test for ( constant diarhea) its on hold which i am happy about i guess- but she is only 5 1/2 months and she will be spayed with in a few weeks- i want to have it done before she goes into heat. my poor little girl- i hear its harder for girls then boys- bentley was fine and acted like really nothing was wrong and he even had teeth pulled and came home and ate and was his old self..
I have to get my Addley spayed soon too (she is 4 months...but she is small only 3 lbs...do I have to wait longer for that because of her size???) I am a little nervous. But I think people are right...work until they say you can go and pick her up at the vet. I think that is what I am going to do...maybe do it on a Friday so you can be at home all week end and make sure that things are going ok too...that is my plan.
ps...does anyone have any advice about when to spay a tiny pup? I have an appointment on Thursday for her second set of distemper and boosters...but just wondering what others thought.
Just remember to make him take it easy and let him rest because they are groggy and can fall down, or walk into things. Upset tummies... Not to mention since they feel odd, they can be cranky and since they are not themself, they may even nip.
Cats can be a pain in the butt since they like to jump up onto things...
So for both your safety, best to make him keep it quiet when he gets home. Good luck and you can baby him as much as you want to when he gets home :)
The surest way to corrupt a youth is to instruct him to hold in higher esteem those who think alike, than those who think differently."Friedrich Nietzsche "
Neutering a male takes 10-15 minutes. Its fast, its neat, there is a few drops of blood, and poof its done. Your boy is a bit sore, heals up and things are fine.
Dogs do not possess a concept of whole vs not whole. A dogs sexuality is strictly chemical based. Without a female in season a dog is not sexualy aware in one direction or another.
Being 'whole' is linked to a concept of sexuality and gender based off of your ability to or not to reproduce. There are sterile people who may have their organs who belive they are not 'whole' or as good as someone who can reproduce. This is nothing but an biological aspect of being human that has been altered by our social awareness.
Basicly your dog does not care. He does not care if he has nuts or if he does not. Remove them and you remove his interest to breed and therefor his interest in his own testicles. The harmones filter from his system and he becomes a different dog then he would be if he had testicles, but he does not then spend his life dreaming of how he could have remained unaltered.
He is a dog, not a person. He is not a furry human, he is a canine. He does not have the same concepts or social awarenesses that a person does. If you neuter him you are doing it for your own reasons based off of a decision affected by various factors around you.
But none of it has to do with the sexuality of the dog and his personal feelings as to himself and his various pieces.
On the best of days a dog is a dog, and on the worst of days a dog is a dog.
nope he doesn't have a medical condition. I think it's just what they do at the spca here. They kept my boy cat for one night and my girl cat for 2 nights. I thought that it was just how long it took for them to get well enough to come home.
I have a 7 month old puggle and I got him neutered a little bit ago. I dropped him off and picked him up the same day. It was no big deal. I did call the vet in the afternoon to see how he was doing becuase he was supposed to get a cherry eye fixed but ended up not needing that. I picked him up and he was full of energy and feeling fime that same night! You and him will be fine, don't worry!
Some clinics require overnight stays because they perscribe to the theory that most pet owners can't care for their recovering pet. My clinic closes at the end of the day and they have someone come back in at 10 PM to check on anyone who's there overnight, but they usually let all spay/neuters go at 4:30 PM before they close as they feel that it's better they be home and supervised by their owner than at the clinic alone.
If the clinic has 24 hour staff I think the overnight thing is fine. If they close up and leave them there you're just as well bringing your pet home same day. Make sure someone is there to supervise.
It does partially depend on when they do the surgeries too. My vet clinic does surgery between 7 AM and 9 AM each day. They will slide an emergency in, but the spay/neuters are done at this time so they can monitor the dogs/cats most of the day.
And don't be nervous... any boy I've had neutered is up and bouncing around in less than 24 hours. My Brady was ready to play 2 hours after he came home. I had to crate him for 3 days to keep him quiet... :) It's easy, and they don't really mind that much. In 2 days they've forgotten.
And with spays, I remind people that a spay is a lot kinder than Pyometra or an emergency c-section. :) Not to mention heat cycles. Your girl or boy will thank you later.