My Dog's Finally Getting Neutered

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  1. Ms. I

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    My dog is scheduled to be neutered NEXT WK. I have the day off, so I can drop him off & pick him up. If anyone has any info to make me aware of, please let me know! I wish I didn't have to do it, but I guess it's better. My ONLY reason for doing this is to prevent testicular cancer & other potential health issues. (Getting a dog pregnant accidentally isn't an issue for us.) Thanks & send us good thoughts!

    I do have a question (if anyone knows the answer):

    I have the choice of having dissolvable OR non-dissolvable stiches. With dissolvable, the healing isn't nearly as fast & the vet requires 3 wks of inactivity. But w/ non-dissolvable, it's 1 wk of inactivity. My dog's not that active anyway, so that's not really the issue, but WHICH IS BETTER? I suppose the NON-DISSOLVABLE ones that heal quicker.
     
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    My baby only needed glue because the laser incision was so tiny. He was out of sorts for the day but recovered quickly!

    I understand your concern because it was a major decision for me to have my dog castrated. I know some may believe this to be a little odd, but I found it to be simply against nature, so I was very hesitant. But the health research finally swayed me.
     
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    My dog and I went through quite the ordeal when he was neutered...

    I had him neutered at the local humane society (low-cost) and he received the dissolvable stiches (no choice on what kind he'd receive), but after a day or two of being neutered, he developed a nasty infection at the incision site. I took him to his vet and discovered that he was allergic to the material of the stiches. Eek. The vet removed them and he went on a course of antibiotics - all was better within a week.

    No matter which kind you choose and as I'm sure you will, watch your pup closely for any kind of infection.

    Do you walk your pup much? I couldn't imagine not walking my dog for 3 weeks since we walk 2 mi. everyday! I'd go with the stiches that heal faster.
     
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    My cat had to go in and have the dissolving stiches removed because they didn't dissolve and she got an infection.
     
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    I'd go with faster healing.
     
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    Just got back from a 11.5 mile hike....... with an elevation gain of 3000 plus feet through rough terrain ....... I sit down at happy hour and log onto to AtoZ...... and see this thread......:eek::eek::eek:

    :lol::lol::lol::lol:
     
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    Congrats!!

    Make sure they do a blood screening before putting him under. I know it costs a little more but it's worth it.

    As for the stitches, I would go with the non-dissolving. My dog was glued (he was a malamute) and the glue didn't work well. My female Mya had dissolving and they didn't dissolve so they had to cut her back open to get them out. That sucked. Quinn the puppy had the kind you cut out. I liked them the best.
     
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    In my parish, you have to pay $500 a year to license a non-neutered or non-spayed animal so mine have all been fixed when they hit 6 months. We did the dissolving stitches with my cat but I also did it while we were in Disney World for a week and he had to board at the vets while we were gone.
     
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    With older dogs, sometimes there is some swelling. My rescue was about 7 months when we had him neutered, and (to be blunt) his balls swelled to the size they were before and almost pulled the stitches out! They went back down in a couple of days, but we had to really watch him.
     
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    I think some men should be neutered as well.
     
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    :spitwater:
    :toofunny:
     
  13. Grammy Teacher

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    :lol:
     
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    And, at the risk of being seen a traitor to my gender:

    There are quite a few women out there who should most definitely NOT be adding to the gene pool!!!!!
     
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    You got that right Alice, but if the men were neutered, we wouldn't have to worry about that now would we?!
     
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    No, but I think we should be more proactive.

    Do you want to take the risk of one of the borderline guys and one of those women??

    Just think: Roseann Barr hooking up with Joey Buttafuco... Paris Hilton with ANYONE....
     
  17. Grammy Teacher

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    I'm not in the mood for proactive. Truth is, I have no idea what you're talking about.
     
  18. mmswm

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    Now there's a truly frightening thought.

    Sometimes I wish there was a test you had to pass to unlock your fertility. Sort of like a video game...unlock your fertility at level 97!
     
  19. Grammy Teacher

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    I've always thought along those lines as well, but there would have to be a judge of some sort to decide who would qualify. I would love that job though!:lol:
     
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    Actually if you are a parent of a special needs child then you can have them altered at the age of 18. If you can prove to a judge that the child will not be able to raise a child.
     
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    Never heard that before Jaime. Interesting. Wow.
     
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    Well at least where I am that is the case. I only know because a mother of a special need's boy I worked with did have him altered. She had to go to court to do it. but the judge approved.
     
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    We had out cat neutered and the incision was so small they didn't stitch it up. It scabbed over and healed up fine. Our bull calves are neutered with rubber bands because it doesn't hurt after the first minute. In fact anything on our ranch that is domesticated that isn't supposed to breed is fixed - husbands included! :)
     
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    We had trouble with the glue as well, it just didn't keep the incision closed and then he got a slight infection.
     
  25. Ms. I

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    Hmm, some mixed feelings about dissolvable vs. nondissolvable, but I'll probably go w/ the nondissolvable.

    I walk him maybe once a wk honestly. (I know, should do it more often.)

    Yes, I heard about that too. Thanks for the reminder! I hope it doesn't cost too much.
     
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    My dog is in the hospital today. He is getting his teeth cleaned and some extracted. :( He has a heart murmur so he needs extra monitoring. He had the blood work done this morning. They will be waking him up from anethesia in about two hours. Poor little guy. I know he is going to be miserable. I can't wait til I can bring him home.

    He didn't have any problems after his neutering Ms. I. I'm sure Yoshi will be just fine! :)
     
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    kinderkids, I hope everything turns out well for your little guy! And thanks for your good wishes.
     
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    TY and you're welcome MS I. I picked him up and my poor furbaby! :( They had to remove 7 teeth. He is miserable. I feel sooooooooo bad for him. I am so glad this day is done. I worried about him all day.
     
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    Oh, Kinderkids, I can't imagine. Poor baby. And you as well...I would be a mess. :(
     
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    So he's back home now & seems to be in no pain. I can't believe how incredibly calm & docile he is! I'm used to the rather excitable, fun-loving character he used to be. I sure hope this is temporary. I fed him a small amt of turkey & some vanilla yogurt, which he ate right up! He hasn't drank any water yet.
     
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    I think it's best to go with the non dissolvable ones. That way when your dog goes back to the vet to get them taken out, he or she can check one final time to make sure everything is okay with your baby.
     
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    Is one type easier to pull out than the other? When my cat had his leg amputated he had to go back and get his stitches redone three times because he kept pulling them out
     
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    I chose to have dissolvable stitches. If not, I'm sure they would have been the metal types, which sounds painful in itself & I don't want him in any more pain/discomfort than he already is to have them removed. It will be easy for me to keep him inactive.
     

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