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Overnight Stay for Neutering?

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!
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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!
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I've never heard of a puppy being kept overnight for neutering unless there were complications (which is extremely rare). Even the girls are most often spayed as day surgery these days, and that is MUCH more invasive surgery. If your vet won't negotiate, I'd be looking for another vet. I don't understand why they have this policy.


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look for a diff vet, no reason to keep him over night. Tillie was spayed when she was 8 months and she was home the same day.

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I've never heard of a puppy being kept overnight for neutering unless there were complications (which is extremely rare). Even the girls are most often spayed as day surgery these days, and that is MUCH more invasive surgery. If your vet won't negotiate, I'd be looking for another vet. I don't understand why they have this policy.
Maccabee had an undescended testicle, so he had 2 incisions: the normal neuter incision and an incision similar to a spay incision (so the vet could get the undescended testicle from his abdomen). Maccabee came home the same day. He recovered very quickly (only needed 1 dose of painkiller at home) and was trying to run around the next day.

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Every male dog that I have had neutered has always come home the same day. I think it's strange too. I would definitely find out the "why" behind the overnight stay. Hopefully it's not just so they can charge more!
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My two boys were neutered 14 and 15 years ago and neither of them had an overnight stay and that was way before modern medicine. I would definitely ask why as suggested by other forum members. Good luck


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My boys also didn't have to stay overnight. I would talk to the vet. If you are comfortable with them, I would let them know your concerns and see if they are willing to do the procedure in the morning and send him home later in the day. If not, find someone else.


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I had my Hav neutered last December and my vet also told me that he wanted to keep him overnight. When I objected, he told me that he tells his patients that just in case there are surgery complications or if the owners can't watch the dogs as some dogs are still pretty "groggy" when they'd leave.
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I'd look for another vet. No reason unless there's another vet there overnight as well.

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Both of my male Havs were neutered at 6 months. I had them at the vets by 7:00am and they had me pick them up by 3:00 that afternoon. They were good to go. I had diffuculty keeping them quiet and from playing too rough.

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