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    Geoff the Airedale is having the op today. He is 7 months. I'm never going to be involved in breeding, so I think it's the right thing to do.

    I have noticed his behaviour changing a lot lately (I know he is also now a teenager but..) so I think it's a good time. This morning for example, he walked into the bathroom, had a sniff around and then did a wee next to the toilet on the bathroom floor. He has never done that before and has been very good with his toilet training. When we go for a walk now, it's very hard to keep him focussed and he has to stop and sniff every tree, lamp post, car tyre. This wasn't an issue even a couple of weeks ago.

    What can I expect post op? Is this likely to change, or is this just adolesence?

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    Yes he will stop pissing on everything after he has been desexed

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    my boy stopped raising his leg in our backyard.
    I love cooking but I love eating even more.

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    how quick does the 'change' take.... old Boof still likes to sniff and pee on most things.... not all! We have a rule though, if it's not a tree and it 'belongs' to someone, ie: car tyre, wheelie bin, letterbox etc... he's not allowed to pee on it at all. He got done last monday, we have sutures out on thursday!

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    Boss pisses on OH work car all the time cos another male dogs piss on it all the time

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    how quick does the 'change' take
    Soon after the operation, Hauser (minis) stopped raising legs. Chookie who came desexed, still does raise his leg in the backyard mainly bushes.
    I love cooking but I love eating even more.

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    My boy still marks his territory at the park but nowhere near as bad as it was pre-snip.
    My girl on the other hand seems to have gotten worse, she actually lifts her leg and marks absolutely everything

    They still have sperm for up to a month after the op so you still have to be careful with bitches in season. Usually it takes around a month or 2 to see any big changes as well. The younger the dog, the bigger the change, by the time they are older it becomes more of a habit than hormonal issues which is why I recommend desexing before 12 months of age.

    When he comes home I would highly recommend getting a cone for him (elizabethan collar) my boy was very distressed by his stitches to the point he would lick and chew constantly and refused to walk for almost a week. However, he had a bad reaction to the stitches they used so his recovery was harder than most.

    Another important thing is to make sure you keep the stitches dry. No bathing or washing. If there is seeping from the cut (clear or pink fluid) just dab gently with a clran dry cloth.

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    It's amazing how different each dog is.....

    Boof was woefully morbid when we brought him home, crying and whinging and carrying on, he settled to sleep that night when he finally got to lay beside Lilly. He wasn't remotely interested in his sutures or anything. I was not prepared for how sooky he was at all.... my last girl was nothing like him when I bought her home (7 years ago).

    The next day he laid around quite happily, would get up for a drink/feed/toilet stop and back to bed, still no interest in the surgery site.

    Day three we are all but normal, we want to run and play and carry on like nothing ever happened, we kept him quiet and did short controlled walks to use up his energy. That night he went to 'lick' so we growled him and he stopped.

    Day four completely normal, we went for our normal walk no worries, thankfully that wore him our and he happily laid around til mid arve, went for another walk and that was him for the day. OH caught him once going for a 'lick' and growled him, thought past (thank god again).

    Day five he came to the vets with Lilly (she was having vaccinations) and vet did a check up.... 'perfect' healing, OH YAY!!!! Since that morning he has been left to do as he wants, thankfully the walks wear them out enough that they don't do a lot of running in the back yard. Normally I would run them on our 'walk' but I have just walked further instead.

    Today is day eight and you wouldn't know he'd even had it done, sutures will come out on Thursday and so far so good. The elizabethan collar has sat near his bed this whole time and no use needed. He's a good boy....

    Not looking forward to her though in 6 weeks time, she will be a terror I reckon.... for that one I may need luck.

    Just keep an eye on them and I'm sure you will be fine. Hope all is well!

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    Well Geoff was very woebegone when he came home yesterday and pretty much slept most of the evening. He has to stay behind the baby gate when we have dinner. Normally, he is not happy but he just lies down and waits. Last night you would have thought his throat had been cut. Whining, yipping, yodelling. Then he refused to go for a walk last night, which was ok by me as it was pouring with rain.

    Woke up this morning with more yipping and wailing. Normally all excited to go for a walk, but this morning is was more like 'Oh well, if I must'. I had to do a lot of look at that to even walk down the street. It was windy and he was arcing up at everything from leaves blowing across the road to a garbage lid flapping. He hasn't done this before so I'm guessing he is still out of sorts.

    Came home and tried to do some training which is our habit, and he just looked at me and went to lie on his bed. Definitely not in the game. He has licked his stiches once, but doesn't seem obsessed by them. My husband will check on them again when he gets home at lunch time.

    I think it is a combination of the snip and hitting 7 months. My teenager has arrived.

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