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One more neutering question

How long does it take them to fully recover from being neutered? How long do I have to coax him to lay low and relax (and not get rowdy)? How long do they wear their cone (or blow up donut) or similar?

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from what I've heard a week is usually the most it takes for the boys as long as it is uncomplicated.

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If i remember correctly-Keep them calm for ten days. Wear the cone, onesie, etc. as long as needed to prevent him from chewing, licking stitches/incision site. He will probably be feeling fine a day or two after but should be kept calm for longer than a couple of days. The vet will give you full instructions. Mostly no RLH or jumping.
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My experience with the boys is that I keep them confined to a crate for 2 full days. Only allowed out to potty and eat. After that, it really depends on the dog. The three that I have neutered are feeling pretty darned good by day 4ish and are allowed free run of the house again. Of course, no running around like crazy or jumping, going up stairs etc.....


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How long does it take them to fully recover from being neutered?
Timmy probably took longer then most other pups, two weeks. He complained miserably for the first week, scooted around on his butt, but he seems to be a drama queen. He was neutered the end of April. I would suggest that you recommend as little shaving down in that area as possible and not too close. Timmy's biggest problem seemed to be a reaction to how close they shaved him and the large area done. I ended up getting an anti itch spray and giving him benadryl, which helped a bit. He's fine now.

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Since Timmy doesn't go up and down stairs nor jump on or off the couch I didn't restrict him a whole bunch. I did take him out on leash for the first week to keep him from running around.

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How long do they wear their cone (or blow up donut) or similar?
Timmy had the blow up doughnut which was a life saver (no pun intended). Timmy was also a licker. I kept it on him pretty consistently for the first week until the scab came off and things looked good down there. Depends on how much he seems bothered by the stitches, some here don't need one at all. By the second week I kept it on him at night and when I couldn't watch him.

Good luck! Timmy was a PITA with this whole procedure but I survived and looking back it doesn't seem like the worst experience but at that time you would have thought he had major surgery.

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My experience with the boys is that I keep them confined to a crate for 2 full days. Only allowed out to potty and eat. After that, it really depends on the dog. The three that I have neutered are feeling pretty darned good by day 4ish and are allowed free run of the house again. Of course, no running around like crazy or jumping, going up stairs etc.....
WELL, in that case he's gonna need extra crate time, longer than the two days. He doesnt have a tshirt that says "I do all my own stunts" for nothin'!!! LOL, wouldn't have him any other way.

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I think it depends on the pup. Brody never even acted like anything ever happened. He didn't lick at the incision site (so I never even had to use the cone or a onesie). He was just his usual happy self right from when I went and picked him up at the vet's in the afternoon. I just tried to keep him calm (and he wasn't able to jump on anything yet either, so that made it easier as well). He's not a super high energy dog anyhow, so that made things much simpler, I think.

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Tucker was older (18 mos.) when he was neutered. He slept most of the afternoon and night, but was his usual self the next morning. He's laid back so usually pretty calm. After about 4 days he did want to RLH, but we stopped him until day 6 when he was gonna do what he was gonna do. There didn't seem to be any ill effects from it. Thankfully, he didn't try licking his stitches, but he would lick the shaved area occasionally. All in all, he acted like nothing had happened.
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Neutering was pretty much a non-event for Beau. When I picked him up the day after the surgery (they kept him overnight), they told me to keep him QUIET. I asked, "For how long." They said, "Two weeks." I laughed all the way to the car (after they assured me they were serious when I started to giggle). By the 1st stop sign, I had taken off the lampshade. He never licked at or even seemed to notice the incision -- but the collar was a major NO-NO-NO! He was throttling at full speed within 48 hours of the surgery. I kept checking the incision and it was clear there were no signs of redness or swelling. He really wasn't touching it.
Of course, I don't recommend ignoring doctor's orders -- but I really felt that I knew my baby. I also kept one eye on him constantly!



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WELL, in that case he's gonna need extra crate time, longer than the two days. He doesnt have a tshirt that says "I do all my own stunts" for nothin'!!! LOL, wouldn't have him any other way.
I was told to keep Kodi quiet (no stairs, jumping or outdoors off-leash) for 10 days. He was pretty miserable for two days, a little subdued on the 3rd day, and fine after that. The challenge was keeping him quiet..

Kodi never needed a cone. Even at the vet's office, he totally left his stitches alone. He wore a onesie for a few days, becuase they gave him such razor burn when they shaved him that his skin got swollen and we had to put ointment on his poor peepee and tummy. But even that didn't last long.


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