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Ok, so I know there are a zillion posts about spay/neuter, but short of reading them all.......

Anyway, 14 days no activity!? Not even a walk around the block for 10!? Is that excessive? How in the heck do you keep a high energy breed like a GSD down and confined to a leash for 14 days?! I was expecting a week, not 2! We are on day # 3 (if you include the day of surgery)! Suggestions are welcome!
 

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Honestly, we give them about 48 hours restriction and then it's pretty much back to normal if they seem back to normal. Usually the day they get it done they're a bit groggy and sore so that one is a no brainer. Then the next day they may be a little slow but by day two they're usually acting fine. Exceptions would be an older dog or where the clinic uses injectable rather than gas anesthesia - then your mileage may vary.

You can check the incision and see if it's closing up nicely. Usually by a couple days post op you can see that the skin is growing back together and everything looks fine. At that point, I pretty much let the dog return to normal life although I would discourage hard running or serious romping. Walks around the block should be fine.

Spays are much more invasive surgeries and the restriction is longer. If a dog gets too active post op you can get a seroma (fluid filled swelling) and other issues but neuters are pretty minor really.

Just make sure he's got attractive chew toys and discourage him from licking or chewing "the area."
 

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We were told by the vet to try to keep Jesse calm for 48 hours and then regular activity started after the 48 hours, he had no problems and we are 4 weeks since neutered and he is completely healed up.
 

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I agree with the above posts--my dogs are often up and running 24 hours after their neuters! 2 weeks is excessive and unnecessary. If you want to be on the safe side you can limit his exercise to leashed walks for a week but as long as the incision looks ok he should be fine to resume normal activities.
 

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Thanks for your responses! I thought 2 weeks was a lot. I don't even really have too much of a problem with restiction of no ball, no jogging, ect. But not even a walk around the block? Just wanted to see what others experiences were. I did not know if age made a difference, Dallas is 3 1/2 (although I am not sure where all that time went
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At his age it may take him slightly longer to bounce back than a puppy (who seem to bounce back in hours), but still, a couple days should do it. And, like you say, maybe limit the super vigorous exercise - I'm thinking things where he'd be leaping and straining, but leash walks should be totally fine after 48 hours if he seems to want to do them.

My guess is that your vet clinic uses the same recommendation sheet for all surgeries and you're getting advice more appropriate to a spay (and even THEN it's pretty strict) rather than a neuter, which is much more superficial surgery.
 

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Thanks again for your help! I think a week will be tolerable. Will probably wait the 2weeks before jogging and balls. Maybe start short walks after today. But he is already starting to get antsy and just doesn't understand why he has to be on a leash to go potty in the backyard...
 

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The leash walking restriction is so that they do not tear or rip the internal sutures. Some owners do not listen and then it requires a longer healing period. Leash walking around the block would not be a problem at all and I do not know why you were told not to.
 
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