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Hi everyone! Jack is getting neutered on Monday, 30 October (5 1/2 months old) and I have a couple of concerns.

1. I have been reading that sometimes when dogs come out of the surgery and go home, they acquire an aggressive trait -- but I find it hard to believe that this is because of neutering? Did your pups act aggressive post-surgery? I'd imagine it would just be because of pain.

2. Jack also does not do well being left alone and I'm worried that he will become extremely anxious and cry hysterically once I leave his sight. I know the vets have experience and know how to handle this, but I'm still worried! Anyone else have this concern?

I have searched this thread and have been very thankful for the people who have posted and responded about neutering questions. If you have any other stories to share or tips concerning pre/post-neuter surgery, I would greatly appreciate it. Thank you!
 

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There is so much going on in the Vet clinic that he shouldn't feel left alone. The vet should be able to handle it and if there is an issue they might do him first. It shouldn't be an issue.

Mine never turned aggressive after the surgery. If anything I have seen more intact males be more aggressive than those fixed.

Now he will be tired and might not want to eat. I use honey after surgery to help coat their throat as it can be sore from the breathing tube. (Just a finger full let them lick it or place in their mouth) I also get something soft like Weruva can paw Lickin Chicken to help calm the tummy.
 

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Maybe you can train Jack to be calmer during your absence. You can look up seperation anxiety and follow some of their suggestions. You've got about 10 days to work on it. Otherwise the vet will be able to give Jack some medication to deal with his hysterical outbursts.

Also I haven't heard of more aggressive behavior after neutering. Mostly it is helped by this. I wouldn't worry about that issue. Make sure after he is all healed up he gets plenty of dog-dog interaction.
 

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Hi everyone! Jack is getting neutered on Monday, 30 October (5 1/2 months old) and I have a couple of concerns.
Before You Keep That Appointment You Should Do Some Research On Your Own About The Best Age, For Your Pets Long Term Health, To Spay/Neuter.a

Current Thinking That You Should Wait Until Your Dog Is Fully mature, About 2-2 1/2 Years Of Age.

Here Is A Start:
https://healthypets.mercola.com/sit...angers-of-early-pet-spaying-or-neutering.aspx

Spay Neuter And Joint Disease

Early Spay Neuter: 3 Reasons To Reconsider

Health Risks of Early Spay Neuter
Age To Spay Or Neuter, Ovary Sparing Spay, Vasectomy, Cancer Links - Dogs Naturally Magazine

There is more out there if you look.

If it were my pet, I would personally wait until he/she was at least two years of age.

What you choose is completely your decision- it is your pet after all. I am just providing information that will help you make the decision that us in your and your pets best interest.

Once you make your decision, your vet MAY try to intimidate you, some vets do. Stand your ground and do what YOU feel is best for you and your pet.



 

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There is certainly more information coming out all the time about the risks and benefits of spay/neuter in general and the timing of it in particular. Keep in mind that Chihuahuas mature much sooner than the average-sized dog, maybe more like 18 months.

This Facebook group has a great compilation of the science in their document links as well as listings of vets that do the alternative surgeries like vasectomies. I don't know if they have any vets listed in Switzerland, but if not, you can ask the group.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/alternativealteringinfo/
 

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I like to neuter my animals soon rather than later. JMO I really don't want males to learn to 'mark' their territory which comes with sexual maturity. I know this is a very sensitive subject, and this is mine. I don't want a female to come into 'heat' either. I had all of mine neutered/spayed at 5-6 months. They are all fine.
 

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I like to neuter my animals soon rather than later. JMO I really don't want males to learn to 'mark' their territory which comes with sexual maturity. I know this is a very sensitive subject, and this is mine. I don't want a female to come into 'heat' either. I had all of mine neutered/spayed at 5-6 months. They are all fine.


I agree. All mine were 6 months. They were all fine. after the first day it was hard to keep them from running and playing.
 

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I like to neuter my animals soon rather than later. JMO I really don't want males to learn to 'mark' their territory which comes with sexual maturity. I know this is a very sensitive subject, and this is mine. I don't want a female to come into 'heat' either. I had all of mine neutered/spayed at 5-6 months. They are all fine.
Jack has started marking his territory outside a little over a week ago. I'm wondering if neutering him next week will nip this habit? This is my first male dog so I truly have no idea what to expect!
 

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It is normal for a dog to mark his territory OUTSIDE, but neutering will lessen this. Dogs get a lot of information outside sniffing where other dogs have gone.! Is this dog healthy, is it in 'heat'?, is it a male/female etc. Leaving his 'mark' is normal outside behavior.
 

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It is normal for a dog to mark his territory OUTSIDE, but neutering will lessen this. Dogs get a lot of information outside sniffing where other dogs have gone.! Is this dog healthy, is it in 'heat'?, is it a male/female etc. Leaving his 'mark' is normal outside behavior.
So very helpful. Thank you so much for taking the time to respond!
 

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Finley is one of those oddball cases where neutering caused aggression issues. He was a happy, friendly puppy before he was neutered, we went through the same extensive socialisation routine that we did previously with Gizmo (which is just about Chihuahua perfection!), then took him in to get neutered at 6 months old and BAM! Serious deep seated fear-aggression issues. I try not to think it had anything to do with his being neutered, but...it was almost like flicking a switch, and there is nothing else in his life that would have caused it. We've been dealing with it now for over a year and a half. He also still marks things (and not JUST outside!), and humps Tinkerbell for a day or two after she has her weekly estrogen pill (for incontinence).

Obviously I'll never know if he would be a different dog if we hadn't had him neutered, but I doubt he'd be worse. Don't get me wrong, we absolutely adore him to death, but it's frustrating never being able to take him within ten feet of another dog without him losing his ****.

And yes, I totally agree with spaying and neutering pets. But I do think that sometimes, it goes "wrong"...
 

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Finley is one of those oddball cases where neutering caused aggression issues. He was a happy, friendly puppy before he was neutered, we went through the same extensive socialisation routine that we did previously with Gizmo (which is just about Chihuahua perfection!), then took him in to get neutered at 6 months old and BAM! Serious deep seated fear-aggression issues. I try not to think it had anything to do with his being neutered, but...it was almost like flicking a switch, and there is nothing else in his life that would have caused it. We've been dealing with it now for over a year and a half. He also still marks things (and not JUST outside!), and humps Tinkerbell for a day or two after she has her weekly estrogen pill (for incontinence).

Obviously I'll never know if he would be a different dog if we hadn't had him neutered, but I doubt he'd be worse. Don't get me wrong, we absolutely adore him to death, but it's frustrating never being able to take him within ten feet of another dog without him losing his ****.

And yes, I totally agree with spaying and neutering pets. But I do think that sometimes, it goes "wrong"...

Oh my goodness, I'm so sorry to hear that! That is so strange, especially since he was thoroughly socialized! Is he only aggressive towards other dogs? Or people, too? Did he mark and hump before he was neutered?
 

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Dogs and kids. I have an almost-five-year-old nephew who Finley goes nuts at whenever they come over, because the kid just won't sit still. On the rare occasion that my nephew DOES sit and slow down, Finley will actually go over fairly calmly to investigate him; but mostly he just moves way too quickly and Finley freaks out.

No to the humping, but he was too young for that when he was neutered anyway. Marking, I don't recall, but I don't think so...again, bit too young at the time he was neutered I think.
 
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