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Old 01-04-2013, 09:20 PM
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Now I'm confused. I've just read an article that states neutered male dogs are 4 times more likely than an intact dog to get prostrate cancer. This is the only reason I want to get him done, to prevent cancer in later life.


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Intentosmile, Rolo is 9 months and will be just off 10 months if I do decide to have him done during the week I was thinking of. He weighed 3lbs 11 last time I weighed him about a month ago. I REALLY don't know what to do now


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I'll go on a limb here and say that if your dog does not mark and you have no females you're worried about him impregnating neutering is really not THAT mandatory, the cancer risk for males is pretty low and elevated in altered dogs.

If your dog was female I'd have differing opinions.
Just go with your gut feeling & speak to your vet, don't let anyone make you feel like you're doing something wrong if you decide not to do it.

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At the moment I don't want to do it


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I had Leo neutered at 6 months and he weighed 3.5lbs at the time. I went to my regular vet who I love (she also spayed Lola 3 years ago), and we did labs beforehand to make sure he didn't have any underlying issues. We picked him up the that same day, while he was groggy and whined a but, he acted like nothing happened the next day. We also paid extra to have laser done, which makes the incision smaller and then it heals faster (I think?). It was easy and smooth. There is a risk with any surgery and being put under, you just have to weigh the pros and cons.


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Honestly I've owned my dogs over the years both ways.. my current male came to me altered, so it was a choice I had nothing to do with, is he healthy? yes, is he very small? yes, but he's also never had sugar lows and he made the surgery just fine at just 2 pounds, it's like russian roulette.

If you're really not comfortable with it.. then don't do it.
You can always have it done later down the line!
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Old 01-04-2013, 09:36 PM
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The Internet is absolutely no help at all. For every person recommending it there's one telling you not to do it. I think I might postpone it, just that the week I had in mind was so ideal as my grandson is away so would be no risk if him pulling Rolo about and I would have 3 days free to be with him. Why is nothing ever simple?


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I'd do it. There is a 1 in thousands chance something could go wrong. But he could also god forbid get hit by a car. Things happen in life- there is risk in everything. As long as you take the proper precautions, get pre-op blood work done and go to a trustworthy vet, chances are extremely slim of anything happening to Rolo. Unless a dog has an underlying condition (which blood work will usually find) or the vet makes a mistake or there is some very rare circumstance- like if the dog is allergic to anesthesia- there is very little risk.

Does your vet use gas anesthesia? It's safer for our little ones. And they come out of it faster. Toby had gas anesthesia and he was fine when he was neutered at 3.5 pounds.

In the end, you have to do what you feel comfortable with.


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