My puppy, Benjamin, just turned 6 months old, and I am starting to think about neutering. I'd like to wait a couple more months, but want to do it before too long because it would open up more options in terms of daycare. (Haven't used one yet, but I think he would enjoy it, as he loves to play with other dogs!) Anyway... after speaking with my vets office this morning I am feeling a little shocked and upset. I just wanted to get a cost estimate and an overview of their procedures, and was told that the puppy would have to stay overnight. Benjamin has never been away from me overnight since I got him, and I know he would hate it! He is gradually getting used to the idea that I might need to leave him alone for a few hours at a time sometimes, but I do not want him to have to be away from me all night in a strange place! I love my vet, I think they are really good, reasonably priced, and are right down the hill from me, but now I am thinking of taking him somewhere else for his neutering surgery, unless they are willing to negotiate.
Anyway, how common is it for male puppies to have to stay in the hospital overnight after neutering? If it is necessary for his safety, hopefully they will keep him all doped up, and maybe they can prescribe something for me, too.
I would sleep on the floor in my sleeping bag if they would let me stay with him!