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neutering my dog next week - what can i expect

July 29th, 2008, 11:59 AM
Leo, my very recently adopted 5 year old bluetick coonhound is going in to get neutered in about 2 weeks. Does anyone know what I can expect in the way of his behavior or personality changes resulting from the operation? What is typical?

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Thanks, Lauren

July 29th, 2008, 12:02 PM
lol, aaaaw look at that face...
Leo will be pretty mellow for the first day maybe two 'cause hims is gonna be a little on the high side. After that he will pretty much be back to normal. Keep him away from the stitches if they don't send him home with a cone. And all will be well.

July 29th, 2008, 02:06 PM
your vet will send you home w/ do's and don'ts i'm sure. But you can expect... no vigorous exercise. you will need to limit exercise for the first few days at the very least. Slow, SHORT walks to start. Take him out to do his business ON LEASH, so he won't suddenly get the urge to do zoomies around the yard (or on a run). be sure to have plenty of things for him to just lay down and chew on. To keep his mind off his stitches, and to provide a "quiet" activity. Raw meaty bones are a good choice.

My dog came home the same day (My vet normally keeps animals overnight for observation following a s/n, however, mine was unusually vocal - demanding to go home, lol). The following day he was basically back to normal, but we kept his activity to a minimum until he was healed up. I did NOT notice any personality or behavior changes. (granted, my dog was a wee 6mths when snipped though - no marking behavior had been established yet)

July 29th, 2008, 03:10 PM
I didn't see much change in the way of personality. We had a neutered stray for a few months last fall. He still was a boy that's for sure. He was 4 when he got fixed. for the first day he will probably be pretty mellow. I didn't get many instructions when I got my female spayed Except for no running around for 5 days, use cone for 14 don't let her near stitches, She didn't eat for a day or two but, I'm told the recovery time is quicker for males. I know dogs do calm down some after being fixed but, at his age I'm sure you will still have some doggie, dog behavior. They tend to gain more weight after neutering as well. Not always though. My friend just had her male done and he couldn't go in water for 10 days. hope this helps. Blessings.

July 29th, 2008, 05:29 PM
at 5 yrs old you may very well see him calm down a bit, so i hear at least.

i know if you get it done when they are young you never see the true adult behaviour so there is no comparison really.

let us know though?

it would be interesting to know.

July 29th, 2008, 05:30 PM
one more thing...


July 29th, 2008, 11:39 PM
He's beautiful, Lauren! :flirt:

If you're wondering about long term behavioral changes...keep in mind that it takes months for testosterone to be cleared from the system, so you won't notice anything much for a while. Then he may mellow a bit, especially at age 5, since he's likely hitting maturity and past his wild and crazy puppy days. :D

Short term, after the initial grogginess from the surgery wears off, he'll want to play. Don't let him for at least 5 - 7 days. Watch for any signs of swelling in the scrotal area--one of our boys had a bleeder and it took a very long time for the swelling to subside. He actually looked intact for a number of weeks after the neuter because the swelling was so bad. Cool compresses helped some, but eventually the vet had to remove some fluid via needle aspiration (yes, we cringed, but Cole never even noticed when the vet did it :dog:) before it would heal.

Usually, though, males recover significantly faster than females because the testicles are easier to get at than the ovaries and uterus and the surgery is less invasive. So just keep him quiet for a few days and he should be good to take more pictures of to post here.

:o Oh, and did I mention we'd love to see more pics of your beautiful boy?

July 30th, 2008, 09:11 AM
Thanks all, for the tips. Sounds like the most important thing is to keep him calm for a few days - shouldn't be too hard with this sleepy hound. He just loves to snooze. I'll pick up some of those yummy bones he loves to chew, too, to keep him occupied when he's up.

July 30th, 2008, 09:31 AM
he is adorable! Thanks for posting another pic!

July 30th, 2008, 04:47 PM
Oh, he is adorable! :flirt: He looks like he has a great personality, too! :thumbs up

July 30th, 2008, 05:00 PM
OMG he is adorable....definately a keeper! :cloud9: Don't worry at all about the neutering thing, you most likely won't notice any changes in his behaviour right off the bat...and he probably will seem like the same old hound after. My Petie was neutered yesterday, and today he seems like the same trouble-maker he always was. He just seems slightly less inclined to do stairs right now, but any apprehension is quickly ignored and he is doing everything he probably shouldn't be. :o

The vet instructions were to go about daily routines as usual....just no EXCESS activity for a few days, and check the sutures daily for any swelling etc. Also...keep him from licking the site. I haven't had a problem with this so far, right now he is chewing a raw bone madly on his bed.....he couldn't care less about the sutures! :whistle: