Post # 1
I hope you guys don’t mind me picking your brain about dog stuff, I’m going to go over this with the vet, of course, but I tend to worry, so of course I’m worrying NOW.
Quil is going to be neutered on Tuesday. What can I expect during his recovery process?
Should I have someone with me to help him get into and out of the back of the car? They said he can’t run or jump for a week.
I read on a site that accidents and vomiting are common, so to take him outside frequently during the night. Is that true, or is that just dog dependant?
Is there anything else you think I need to know? I have NEVER done this before, and while I’m home all day, Fiance is not, so I’m very nervous.
Post # 3
How old is Quil? It’s easier on them when they’re fairly young, but it varies from dog to dog. When we got R’s family dog neutered he was only about 20 lbs, and always had to be lifted in and out of the car (English Bullys have really stubby legs!) so I can’t help you with that… but he didn’t have any accidents, we just made sure to take him out often.
The only other experience I have with neutering instead of spaying is cats (my dog was a girl), but cats are pretty tough. I’ve never had any problems with any of our animals.
Good luck! I’m sure more posters will have better info. I think it’s wonderful you’re being a responsible pet owner, not enough people are! You wouldn’t believe the number of people we get working with FSIL’s rescue who swear they “meant” to neuter their animals over and over again, yet they keep getting out and getting other cats/dogs pregnant. Like we don’t have enough of an overpopulation problem as it is!
Post # 4
I believe that the nausea just has to do with the anesthesia wearing off. Just like with people, there is a chance he could get sick for the first day after the surgery. You might need someone to help him get into the car if he is a larger dog. He will also be sort of out of it so he might not be able to walk very well on his own. Neutering is a pretty minor procedure, don’t worry about it too much it will be fine!
Post # 5
Is your vet having your pup stay overnight after the surgery? When we adopted our pup we could not take her home the same day because they had not got around to spaying her. So we had to pick her up a day later to give her a night to recuperate.
Isn’t your dog still a puppy?? You should be fine getting him into your car by yourself no?
Def no strenuous activity for him otherwise the stitches can tear and be cognizant because he’ll probably want to lick it. We were fortunate in that our pup healed pretty quickly from it.
Post # 6
They said all the same stuff about no running, jumping, etc after we got our dog neutered. They also said when we picked him up that he will probably be a little lethargic. They were so wrong! When they opened the door he came RUNNING out to me, all excited and happy and jumping around! Didn’t even phase him! But you should try to keep them a little less active so they don’t tear. Our dog had to wear a cone to keep him from licking, so just watch that. He seemed pretty blue and embarrassed with the cone on! 🙂 He didn’t have any accidents or anything, and healed really fast..
Good luck and kuddos to you for fixing your animals!!!! 🙂
Post # 7
No, I’m supposed to drop him off at 8, and pick him up at 4. He is still a puppy (15 months) but he is HEAVY, so I can’t lift him by myself.
Normally he jumps in the back of the SUV himself, but, well, sometimes he misses. And it’s cute in a mildly pathetic way.
I’m thinking of putting his food, water and his bed in my bedroom, so he’ll be isolated from the cat, because she definitely riles him up. But a whole week of him being penned in the bedroom seems like a long time.
Post # 8
HERE‘s a good resource from ASPCA.
If he needs help getting in the car I’m sure someone from whereever your taking him can help.
Post # 9
Neutering usually never even phases them! I would just make sure he’s not running around like crazy for a few days, but he should pretty much act as usual. It’s really no big deal.
Spaying is quite a bit more invasive, but one of my girls acted liked nothing happened, while the other was a bit sore and tired for a few days. Still didn’t really phase them.
Post # 10
Your vet will likely give you a sheet of discharge instructions or go over them with you. Be sure to get a phone number to call when something goes wrong, if the vet clinic is closed at night also get the number of an emergency vet close by, just in case.
If he is young and healthy, he’ll likely be very happy to see you when you go to pick him up! Don’t let him jump and make sure someone helps you lift him into the car, even if he seems fine. You don’t want anything to tear!
Vomiting is pretty common in dogs that were anesthetized. He shouldn’t get any food the day you bring him home, just some water in the evening. You can feed him again the day after, but don’t be too alarmed if he throws it back up, just try again 12 hours later.
It usually takes seven to ten days for the majority of healing to occur. The first three to four are the most critical to keep him calm. It’s best to keep him inside and watch him carefully when he needs to relieve himself.
Most puppies do really well after being neutered, to the point where it seems silly to keep them calm. It’s always better to be safe than sorry!
Most dogs do extremely well with neutering, even when owners don’t exactly follow instructions. A little extra precaution and you puppy will be back to normal in no time.
Post # 11
Our dog was lethargic when we brought him home. He did need help in and out of the car, he didn’t have the balance to jump himself. You should have someone who could help you put him in (I’m sure a vet tech would help) AND take him out (a neighbor? Maybe your Fiance could come home early that day? Maybe you could pick him up an hour later from the vet?) of the car.
He’ll have to wear an elizabethan collar (a cone) on his head. Dog proof anything you don’t want him to knock over, because he can’t see with that thing on, so he’ll run into a lot of stuff he normally wouldn’t.
We didn’t feed Ryder when he got home, we just put him in his room and let him sleep. He was tired and groggy. The next couple of days he would wimper every now and then, but I think it was more because he wanted the collar off, not because his stitches hurt. We kept him in the apartment for one week, just to make sure he healed. Then we took a look to see how he was doing down there, and took him out for a much deserved walk! So we gave him 6 days to rest before we let him go out (on a leash at OUR pace) for a walk without his collar on. After that he was peaches and cream!
Post # 12
My dog was a little out of it for a day or two and then back to his old self. I tried to keep him seperate from the girls but he really wanted to play, I just made sure it wasn’t too rough. Just keep an eye on the stitches and make sure he’s not fussing with them and that nothing is getting infected. He should be just fine!
Post # 13
Ours was out of it for that evening. Climbed into the car like an old man and then just stared at us (probably like WTF guys) for the rest of the evening, and barely any appetite. No puking though. The next day his appetite pretty much returned and the tenderness was down a lot, we took him on a walk that next evening but didn’t take him on any runs (like he was used to going on everyday) for probably like 4 days and then just a short one. After a week he was really back to normal.