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Hi Hav Fans: A few q's about neutering...
1. Timing: our little clown is nine months. reasonably house-trained but a frequent sprayer outdoors and last night he tried to hump a male Golden Retriever who outweighed him by a good 70 pounds. (Pretty funny at the time but...yeesh). The breeder had asked us wait a year, saying he needed all the hormone flow for his bones/growth plates (or something like that). The vet said six months, b/c spraying etc is hard to break afterwards. Advice?
2)Has anyone heard about Zeuterin? Approved by the FDA; it's an injection that shrinks testicles, no anesthesia, much less invasive. No "castration" and it allows some testosterone to keep flowing. Used by increasing numbers of nonprofit clinics and a few vets (many vets are suspicious of it,plus they also have lucrative surgeries set up already). I am apprehensive but...?
3)How much careful watching does the Clown need post-surgery? For how long? Did y'all use the Elizabethan collars or not necessary? What impact does the surgery have on his behavior, short-term, long-term?
4)Cost. I was stunned. Petco which transports dogs to nonprofit clinic: $137; one local vet, initial visit , $40 plus about $200 for procedure; another vet, $53 for visit plus $340 for procedure and our vet? OMG. $640. Really? Really? But as crazyexpensive as she is--and highly regarded--I wonder whether we should suck it up and pay, because what if something goes wrong? Or is that likely?
Advice, folks??? thanks so much...FourPaws