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I'm planning to have Roshi neuter next month. What do I need to prepare for it? (i.e. day off work?)

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I wanted to be with Kodi for the first couple of days, both to make sure he didn't bother his stitches and because it takes them a while to get over the anesthesia. You'll probably want to "mother" him a bit the first day too. But I would think, after that, that his day care "mom" could give him the TLC he needs. He probably won't be able to rough house with other dogs at day care for a week or so, and I seem to remember no stairs for the same length of time. Kodi took about 3 days to feel himself again, but I know that some pups bounce back, and act like nothing ever happened by the next morning. From what we've heard about Roshi... I'm betting he'll be one of those!


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Some people have reported success with an infant's onesie instead of using an Elizabethan Collar or "cone of shame."

There is an inflatable cone available, but whatever you choose to use, be sure that the puppy cannot reach the stitches with his mouth or tongue.

Some dogs do not bother their stitches at all, and some won't leave them alone. When I fed Buster or gave him water, I took off the cone so he could eat and drink. I also took it off so we could go for a walk more easily.

The rest of the time - including in his crate at night - the cone was on.



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The day after neutering, Tucker acted like nothing happened. He didn't bother his stitches at all. The hardest part was keeping him quiet for 10 days. After about 5 or 6 days we gave up. We've been blessed with a very great little boy in so many ways. Hoping Roshi has a easy time also.
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I'm glad you posted this question, Cassie. Rollie's getting his done next month too. (I think we're on the same schedule!) I was curious as to whether folks noticed any behavioral changes post-surgery. I know neutering is supposed to help with hyperactivity and spraying etc., but I wasn't sure if those changes are just observed in older dogs neutered later on or of if there will be changes in a young pup too.


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From what I read on other sites, seems like only hormonal driven behavior will change (i.e. marking, maybe humping, etc.).

I did notice that Roshi started a nightly roam lately. Every night, he just likes to roam around the room.

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Does anyone have any thoughts on or experience with using laser when neutering? Are there any benefits? I've heard it might be more beneficial when spaying but the benefits aren't as great with neutering.

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I recently had a girl spayed with the lazer- she recovered SO quickly I was amazed!! (like 3 days!) Then I had a boy neutered with lazer about a month ago and he was very slow to recover, his incision took at least 10 days to fully close and heal.


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The day after neutering, Tucker acted like nothing happened. He didn't bother his stitches at all. The hardest part was keeping him quiet for 10 days. After about 5 or 6 days we gave up. We've been blessed with a very great little boy in so many ways. Hoping Roshi has a easy time also.
Kodi needed a little more time to get on his feet, but he, like Tucker, completely left his incision alone. They didn't even send him home from the hospital with a cone. Once he DID feel better, like Tucker, the hard part was keeping him down.


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I'm glad you posted this question, Cassie. Rollie's getting his done next month too. (I think we're on the same schedule!) I was curious as to whether folks noticed any behavioral changes post-surgery. I know neutering is supposed to help with hyperactivity and spraying etc., but I wasn't sure if those changes are just observed in older dogs neutered later on or of if there will be changes in a young pup too.
Well, Kodi never sprayed and he wasn't hyperactive, so I didn't notice any changes there. But he HAD started trying to hump people's legs on a regular basis. We discouraged that (strongly), but he still kept trying. The humping stopped IMMEDIATELY when he was neutered. I know that's not true for all dogs though. I know there are lots of people here with neutered males AND spayed females who still regularly hump.


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