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post #1 of 67 (permalink) Old 01-03-2018, 11:03 AM Thread Starter
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Booked 'THE' Appointment

Nero is now 19 months and I have just booked his check up ahead of his castration.
I do feel a little guilty to out him through it.
He has never had a problem with going to the Vets but has never been sedated before.

What is everyone's tips for aftercare and making the process as easy and stress free as possible.
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post #2 of 67 (permalink) Old 01-03-2018, 11:16 AM
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What is your reason for neutering him? Just curious. Many of us here have intact males that we choose to never neuter and will never breed. Unless, of course, there is a medical necessity for such surgery, we don't see the need.
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If there is no medical necessity, why risk anesthesia?
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Only advice I can give is treat it as much of a non-event as possible. Any apprehension you have can be felt by your boy. Everything else is up to the vet and their techs.

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Everything else is up to the vet and their techs.
I beg to differ and think it is up to you unless there is a medical reason. Neutering does not change behavior; training does. If there is no medical reason for it and your dog is not roaming the neighborhood, I'd cancel the appointment for his health.
Some of the reasons they will give to neuter is that it prevents prostate cancer. That would be like amputating his leg so he won't be able to break it.
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I beg to differ and think it is up to you unless there is a medical reason. Neutering does not change behavior; training does. If there is no medical reason for it and your dog is not roaming the neighborhood, I'd cancel the appointment for his health.
Some of the reasons they will give to neuter is that it prevents prostate cancer. That would be like amputating his leg so he won't be able to break it.
Definitely agree with this. If you have control over your dog and there's no risk of a mistake or unwanted breeding, I don't recommend neutering. Particularly before 2 years. If you do want to neuter, for whatever reason, at least wait until the dog is 2 years old. Right now, at 19 months, the dog is still growing and he needs those hormones.

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I beg to differ and think it is up to you unless there is a medical reason. Neutering does not change behavior; training does. If there is no medical reason for it and your dog is not roaming the neighborhood, I'd cancel the appointment for his health.
Some of the reasons they will give to neuter is that it prevents prostate cancer. That would be like amputating his leg so he won't be able to break it.
I think Car2ner was referring to the actual procedure... not the merits of neutering vs staying intact
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I think Car2ner was referring to the actual procedure... not the merits of neutering vs staying intact
Quite possible but many dog owners follow the vets' and techs' "advice" blindly.
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Definitely agree with this. If you have control over your dog and there's no risk of a mistake or unwanted breeding, I don't recommend neutering. Particularly before 2 years. If you do want to neuter, for whatever reason, at least wait until the dog is 2 years old. Right now, at 19 months, the dog is still growing and he needs those hormones.
Depends on if the growth plates are closed or not. There is nothing magical about a dog's 2nd birthday.

I've known someone who had x rays done and confirmed closed growth plates in large breeds as early as 16 months. Plenty more who did the same at around 18-19 months.
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Depends on if the growth plates are closed or not. There is nothing magical about a dog's 2nd birthday.

I've known someone who had x rays done and confirmed closed growth plates in large breeds as early as 16 months. Plenty more who did the same at around 18-19 months.
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For sure, but x-rays are expensive and if you're only doing them to confirm growth plates for neutering, I'd just as soon say forego the x-rays and just wait until the dog is 2.
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