Am I ready? Is Jaxson ready? Today our Doodle Doc is neutering my dog! And while I know this is a common practice for male dogs, I can’t help but feel like…
As I write this – my baby doodle Jax, who seems to have grown up so super doodle fast…
…is in the middle of his procedure.
OMDoodle – where did the time go?…
While I adore the Goldendoodle breed, and I think Jaxson is absodoodletutely the cutest little guy ever – I’ve never entertained the idea of using him for reproduction #studmuffin
This procedure is certainly an individual pet parent decision, one that should be discussed with ones favorite vet.
There are advantages to neutering male dogs. It reduces:
- the risk of hormone-related diseases
- testicular cancer (the 2nd most common cancer in intact dogs
- sexual urges which usually decreases roaming behaviors
- certain types of aggression
Most of the perceived disadvantages are false. Like the popular one about your dog becoming fat, lazy and useless. Simply not true. Remember – obesity is the result of overfeeding and not exercising enough. #slimdoggy.com
And neutering doesn’t cause a change in personality, guarding instincts, intelligence, playfulness or affection.
Most veterinarians recommend neutering at around six months of age. While neutering at an earlier age does not appear to be detrimental, your veterinarian may have a different opinion.
In larger breed dogs, Doodle Doc prefers to wait (if possible) until the 7th or 8th month. Jax will be 8 months old on the 31st of August.
I didn’t know there are now alternatives to surgery. Apparently there have been recent advances in non-surgical neutering. These involve injections of a compound directly into the testicle. One would (and should) discuss this procedure with their veterinarian.
The other day, Harley took the time to have a lengthy discussion with Jax in the backyard about “what to expect.” …
Jax strutted into the Animal Hospital early this morning with not a care in the world. Harley and I will try not to worry and find something to entertain ourselves for the rest of the day.
I understand that Jax needs plenty of rest for the next few days. No worries there – he’s a professional at that task…
If you follow the boys on FaceBook #comeonover stop by later. We will share post-op photos and updates later this evening and throughout the weekend.
*information shared in this post is based on material written by Ernest Ward, DVM
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