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On Thursday the puppies went in for their neuters. They are six months old now, and since we won't be breeding them we had decided that having the procedure done would be better for them.

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Saturday, August 21, 2010
Black Labrador Puppies Get Neutered.

It was not a hard decision to have the boys neutered. We have no intentions to breed them and we want them to live long happy lives.

I know there are many different recommendations on spaying/neutering pets, and I strongly believe the earlier the better. Having worked in a veterinary clinic for over ten years, it was always interesting to hear what the owners of puppies had to say in regards to the procedure. I have heard "it will stunt their growth" to "it's not natural to spay/neuter" and everything in between.

Intact (not neutered) male dogs can be more aggressive, tend to roam, display hyperactive behaviours and most importantly have a greater chance at developing prostate problems. On the other hand, neutered dogs tend to be more obedient, less aggressive and are likely not to develop any prostate or testicular cancers or conditions that may normally arise with normal male hormones.

I have heard many say that neutering male dogs is not necessary, they aren't they ones that have babies. Although this may be true, it does take two to tango. Unlike female dogs which go into heat (usually) twice a year, a male dog is ALWAYS ready to mate. Having said that, a male dog can pick up a scent of a bitch in heat and want to find her which can lead him into many dangerous situations such as bolting into traffic.

Our black labrador puppies had their surgery done by laser, a less invasive procedure, as opposed to the regular scalpel blade method. Using the laser provides a cleaner, more precise incision, with less bleeding and less tissue damage along with minimal swelling.
They recover quicker as well. Although the cost is usually more than the traditional method, it is well worth it in my opinion.

For the next week the puppies need to remain as calm as possible... this will be challenging. They are allowed short leash walks daily, but no swimming or off leash adventures.

They were quite sleepy when I picked them up on Thursday night. We anticipated a quiet evening. I had fed them a little bit of food, they went out and did their business and came back in to rest. This didn't last very long. By about 10pm, they were getting back to normal. Taro wanted to run around the house like a mad puppy, and Kratos was picking up his toys and carrying it around the house. I didn't expect them to feel so good, so fast. (My other dogs were neutered as well, but they were done using the scalpel, and I can remember them being very lazy for a few days post operation). I had to separate and kennel them immediately.

The next morning they were feeling great. They woke me up fairly early - they were starving. We went out for a short walk around the block, and trust me when I say it wasn't enough. They were trying to play fight and carry on as if nothing ever happened. Once again, I had to separate and kennel them. I even emailed my veterinarian asking her if she was sure she neutered them!

Needless to say, it's going to be an exciting challenge to keep these two quiet. They won't be going on any adventures for the next little while, but I will be updating the site and letting you know how they are doing.

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