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Question about neutering recovery time

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So I wanted to get some opinions. Archer is 7 mos old & going to be neutered this coming Wednesday (Aug 27). The vet said they are usually back to their old selves the next day, but he'd have to wear a cone for 7-10 days potentially, and reduce activity for several days or up to 7 days after. I know neutering is way less hard on the pups than spaying as no abdominal muscle is cut, right?

Here's my dilemma: a friend is asking me to potentially "board-and-train" her 11 week old labradoodle puppy. He is a sweet puppy and I am pumped to do it as part of my potential dog-training business, and to help her have an amazing dog.

However he would be coming over on the Friday, 2 days after Archer's neuter, and staying for 3 days. While both of them are crate-trained, and I will likely be walking them separately, I am sure there will be a fair bit of play while the new puppy is here. I could try to reduce that but I am not sure just how easy that would realistically be, especially as my apartment is only 850 sq feet so it's not like I have major separated areas other than my bedroom.

Should I re-book Archer's neuter to a later time? My schedule is cleared to accommodate it at least for the day of and the two days after to keep an eye on him. Will I be putting Archer at risk of some problem if he is playing with a puppy a lot 2 days after his neuter? I guess the puppy could bite & damage his stitches or something? Or maybe just wear him out?

What would you all do in this situation and what are your experiences with your dogs playing with other energetic dogs after a neuter??

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I'd give him two days after with no play and very limited moderated for a couple more after that.

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Well my little dude did well with his neuter surgery. He is pretty whiny about the cone so I may go out and get a onesie today.

He was missing several teeth, and had retained 4 puppy teeth, two of which needed to be pulled, and two of which were rooted nicely and in a spot where there was no adult tooth coming in, so he is keeping those. He had a fair bit of plaque so I need to really work on brushing in earnest after he heals up from the surgery. I did have them scale and polish those teeth though so they should be ok for a bit while we work on the brushing more.

I haven't given him chicken necks yet. One suggestion the tech gave was potentially cutting chicken necks up into smallish pieces that they can crunch up in their mouth to help clean the teeth, in addition to the usual cleaning routine. I'd be worried about a choking hazard of course- has anyone tried this technique with chicken necks? Any tips or tricks or warnings?

In the meantime I am pulverizing his kibble with hot water in the blender and adding a bit of tripe, which he is loving.

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Your little one looks sweet in his cone. Hope he's doing great.

Is the other puppy coming over?
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I would re-book and give Archer sufficient time to recover. I'm glad he is doing well.

He's a big boy, how much does he weigh?


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Oh Archer, you look sad in your little cone. Don't worry buddy it won't be long till it is off.







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I would re-book and give Archer sufficient time to recover. I'm glad he is doing well.

He's a big boy, how much does he weigh?
He weighs a little less than 11 lbs now, at 7 mos & 1 week old...

I got a onesie and put it on. He seems to be adjusting to that but I'm not sure I would trust it when I leave him alone.

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Oh and good news, I won't be boarding the puppy, so I have plenty of time to dote on Archer. He is doing well. The onesie works pretty well though sometimes the cone makes more sense, and he is managing that, too. He is definitely seeming happier today overall, especially after the dose of pain medication.

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Archer sure has the "poor me" look down cold in that shot of him in his cone. I wish him a speedy recovery.



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Well oddly enough we had 3 pee accidents in the house in a 24 hr stretch recently, after probably 3 months of no accidents at all. I think Archer is maybe not feeling the need to go early enough, possibly due to the surgery, or is messed up due to my mixing his kibble with water since he had to get some teeth pulled... but it was very unusual! So he is back in pee kindergarten, with close supervision, crate when we are out (I had been leaving him in his ex pen before) and major prizes when he pees in the right place. I think he is back on track now but that really took me by surprise!

Otherwise, he is doing great.

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