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post #1 of 34 (permalink) Old 03-23-2010, 12:44 PM Thread Starter
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I'm nervous about neuter day tomorrow!

Colby is getting neutered tomorrow and I'm nervous! My regular vet charges about $500 so I decided to go to a low cost spay/neuter clinic (for those of you in the bay area, ARF)....this makes me even more nervous! I'm sure that they do a fine job but since it is lower cost it scares me a bit. A friend of mine got her lab neutered there a few weeks ago and everything was fine.

A few questions...
- How long do the stitches last? (if not dissolvable)
- How long do they typically have to wear a cone?
- I read about using a onesie so I was planning on doing that. Is that ok for boys too? What size would I get (he is about 13 lbs)? Should I have a cone also?

Sorry for all of the questions. This is my first puppy so I'm not sure what to expect.

p.s. They only do neuter/spay...no baby teeth removal/dew claws/microchipping. I think that all of his baby teeth are finally in and I decided against the dew claw removal so that is ok with me. I do want to get him microchipped but I think you can easy do that another time without anesthesia, right? Petco offers microchipping for $25.

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I can relate. I was very nervous with Dexter. He had his neuter at Vet in the early morning and I took him home after 4:30pm.

I did not use a cone, but watched Dexter the following days,,,, if he was licking at the area, I would give him some pain medication. I think I used the pain medication 2 times after the neuter.

If Dexter did try to lick or pick at anything down there.... I said "No!" and we did something else.

Dexter was pretty much back to normal in two days. He had dissolveable stitches.

$500- Geezzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz that is a lot for a neuter!

The Micro-chip can be done at another time since you will be going to the clinic. I think, I would want the area numbed with the insertion of the chip.

The Vet does have to put the pup under with baby teeth removal. Dexter had to have some baby fang teeth removed.

My opinion.....I am not a vet, but a pup Mom.



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Milo did just fine with the surgery and his was a bit more complex since he had an undescended testicle. He stayed at the vet's office overnight and was fine when I took him home the next morning. He wore a onesie for days (with the back on the front and two of the snaps snapped on either side of his tail. It worked really well for us. His stitches were dissolving.

Good luck with him. Even though it went fine, I'll still be just as nervous with Bailey, who is next.

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Wow - that's a LOT of money for a neuter!!!

Bandit was neutered by our vet, and he did not need a cone. We also did not use onesies - he just didn't need to be treated any differently than normal. We did our best to keep him quiet for a couple of days (which did not work out nearly as well as we had hoped), but it's almost like he didn't even notice the stitches or the surgery. He licked at it a couple of time as it was healing (I think the hair growing back was a little itchy) but he never chewed at it or bothered the actual stitches. His were disolving, so I'm not sure when they were completely gone.

I have had several experiences with the low cost spay/neuter clinic in my area. I live on a creek, and for whatever reason that seems to attract people who seem to think it's the perfect dumping ground for their unwanted pets - I've rescued 8 week old pups from back there, all the way to a very old, barely able to move, nearly blind dog on one of the coldest and wetest days of the winter.

But I take them all in, clean them up, nurse them back to health when necessary, spay/neuter them, get them up to date on vaccines, then rehome (most of) them. So I've used the clinic many times over the past 5 or 6 years.

The main difference I've noticed is in bedside manner. By bedside manner, I mean the way they treat YOU not the way they treat the dogs! They all obviously care about the animals, but they aren't really concerned about establishing a long-term relationship with you (the owner), so they can sometimes be pretty abrupt and matter-of-fact with you. Not so much hand-holding and coddling you might get from your regular vet.

But the quality of care seems to be great, the surgeries have all gone extremely well, recovery time has all been just as quick as the animals I've taken to my own vet, and the docs all seem to be quite skilled - you really can't even see where the incision was when it's all healed (just like my own vet did it).

I know this is very long-winded, but I wanted to try and give you a little peace of mind. If you've been there and the facility looks clean, and the people you talk to seem to care about the animals, then I wouldn't hesitate at all.
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Thank you all so much! I was hesitant to say that I was going to a low cost place because I thought that some of you may have bad things to say but I'm very glad to see not. ARF's facility is very clean and I've heard good things about them so I'm sure it'll be great!

Do you remember what size onesie you got?

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Both my boy's neuter went without a hitch. No cones, no licking, incision healed wonderfully and stitches were removed after 2 weeks. Other than a little out of sorts the afternoon they came home from the anesthesia, they did great. The next morning you would never know they had anything done to them. I put a onesie on for a few hours but they really didn't need it. The hardest part was keeping their activities limited for 7 to 10 days. I could only accomplish 7 to 10 hours.

Good luck little Colby.

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I got Milo Carter's medium. They're kind of a little stretchy. He was 11 lbs. at the time. Bailey is bigger. I'll probably have to get him the next size. I'll look for the photos and put one up for you.

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Get a big onesie, don't go by weight. Like 24 month or something, the length is going to be the most important.

I have a friend who had a very bad experience, I'm not trying to worry you but want you to be aware. Please watch what medications you're given for him and immediately Google it to be sure it hasn't been recalled.

I really hope it all goes well! (I hope I didn't scare you, not what I meant to do!)

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A spay is different than a neuter... but Lola had dissolving stitches inside and then surgical glue to seal the wound outside. I kept either a cone or a shirt on her for about a week, until the wound looked closed together. Lola is a licker, so I really had to watch her.

I know two people who used low cost spay/neuter clinics and they didn't have a problem.

Its a pretty routine surgery, I'm sure Colby will do just fine! I was surprised by how quickly Lola recovered.

BTW, $500 seems high for a neuter on a small dog. Vets are such a rip-off!
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For what it's worth, with the presurgery lab work and consult, laser neuter, it was in the ballpark of more than $550.00 (less than 1 month ago).

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