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    DefaultUPDATE: Neutering... anything specific I should ask for?

    UPDATE: Well... my vet said that they don't require bloodwork on young healthy dogs before neutering, but said it certainly would be done if I wanted... (I WANTED)... so he's going to have blood drawn on Monday... 2 days before neutering... they say they get the results in 24 hrs.

    Penn hip: my vet doesn't do them... but they referred me to one that does in our area. I'll probably have this done at 1 yr old (for peace of mind)... $448 seems pretty reasonable to me. That's all inclusive, procedure/eval.

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    So Ender gets neutered next week. They tell me they use surgical glue instead of stitches for most cases (not sure when they decided stitches are necessary). They say no jumping/running/swimming for a week (oh boy is THAT going to be fun : )

    Is there anything else I should ask them to do while he's there? I was thinking about asking them to run a full blood panel... just to kind of check things out and maybe have a benchmark for later.

    I know some people do x-rays at neutering but will they be worth it at 9 months old?
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    DefaultRe: Neutering... anything specific I should ask for?

    I had them do the full blood panel work done. They do a complete blood work anyways before surgery. THere is one part that isn't routine and I said go ahead and do it. I forget what it was...I'd hav eto look at the paper work which is at home.

    The X-ray isn't necessary but if you want to you can get it done...can't hurt.


    They used dissolvable stitches with Buck. It was gone and healed in like 3-4 days but I still kept his activity level down.

    I just asked the usual stuff...what to look out for. What an infection would look like. How much to feed etc etc. What to feed what not too. Stuff they go over with you anyways.
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    DefaultRe: Neutering... anything specific I should ask for?

    No advice here... CoCo's surgery was a bit different... I never thought of having a blood panel done though!

    Good luck to Ender!!
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    DefaultRe: Neutering... anything specific I should ask for?

    I would definitely get the pre-surgical bloodwork done. He'll be groggy his first night at home; so lots of pampering in store.

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    DefaultRe: Neutering... anything specific I should ask for?

    Frankie isn't neutered yet and he's 18 months old. My vet said, at Frankie's age they require a complete blood panel first to make sure everything is functioning properly before the surgery. I don't know about a 9 month old though.




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    DefaultRe: Neutering... anything specific I should ask for?

    I am a fan of getting the X-rays at that time. First off, you will save a lot of money and second, it may put your mind at rest. While 9 months is young, it still will be a fairly good indicator of what is to come. You can also ask if you vet does Pennhip Evals.

    IMO, if the hips are perfect at that point (9months), I think the worst you will ever deal with is mild dysplasia later in life. If they are really bad for some reason, then you caught it early and maybe you can do something about it. If they fall somewhere in between then there is not much to do but wait and see what happens.

    But I am pretty sure, if they show up bad at 9 months, they won't get better, they can only get worse or stay the same. Maybe i am wrong on this, please let me know.

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    DefaultRe: Neutering... anything specific I should ask for?

    As others have said, if your vet is worth the neutering fee they'll do complete bloodwork before he goes under anesthesia. It's standard where I work on any animal over 6 months.

    As for x-rays, if you want to avoid putting him under again and are planning on doing them anyway - then why not? However, I personally would not have non-Penn HIP x-rays done on a dog of mine unless it was an extremely experienced vet in shooting films for OFA. Owning a lab you're already predisposed to most vets assuming it will have hip problems of some sort - so anything odd that shows up, or if the hips are positioned wrong (which is very easy to do), can look like the beginnings of HD.

    Penn HIP is only done by specially trained and certified veterinarians, and there is a specific rating system for the hips based on an equation, not just someone's subjective opinion. And Ender would be compared to all labs, not all dogs rated - and i would much prefer a rating (percentage) relative to the breed than relative to all dogs looked at.

    I have to say I'm biased though, Jake was diagnosed as dysplastic by two vets before I had Penn HIP done and he came back in the high 80th percentile on both hips (very good). But the first films we took looked dysplastic to me too, so it's all in who's shooting them and how. PM me if you'd like some sites to look at too

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    DefaultRe: Neutering... anything specific I should ask for?

    Thanks everyone for the information... I'm going to call and ask if they are doing the bloodwork anyways (I didn't think to ask)... and I'll ask regarding the Penn hip rating and such. If they aren't certified then I'm not going to bother and I'll find somewhere else to do that later on. (perhaps when he is a year old?)
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    DefaultRe: Neutering... anything specific I should ask for?

    yay for the Penn HIP - it will be a little more expensive than just OFA films, but for the same reason going to any specialist is more expensive - and I think you will find it well worth it. Here are some papers off Penn HIP's site about the two methods:
    http://caltest.vet.upenn.edu/pennhip...oof/papers.htm

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    DefaultRe: Neutering... anything specific I should ask for?

    I agree with having the full blood panel done. It'll show if there would be any potential problems before surgery, and it's a baseline for him, for comparison in the future.

    I think you'll love having internal stitches. That's what Tucker had, with just a very small external incision with surgical glue. He never licked at all; nothing bothered him. I loved having it done that way.

    They'll give ya all instructions when you pick him up after, and what to look out for if anything out of the ordinary would occur. Tucker was like a drunk the first night, and cried some just from being so groggy. He slept most of the evening, then was back to his regular self after. He had pain pills to take for the first 2 days. We had to keep him quiet (no running, jumping etc) for 10 days (took him out on a leash to potty for a few days, then he just walked out after).


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