Leo Gets Fixed

Last week, Erich and I decided that it was finally time to get Leo neutered. We always knew we wanted to get him neutered, but we were iffy on the timing of it. Of all the articles I read, half of them said we should wait until he’s 18-24 months old and the other half said we should do it before he turned 1 year old. All of them said the timing was important to prevent any diseases or cancer later on in life. We also asked our vet when we first brought Leo to him. He told us the best time to get him fixed was when he started lifting his leg.

We took our vet’s advice, kept a close eye on Leo’s behavior and decided it was time to schedule his neuter. Leo got fixed this week and is doing well! He is taking some pain medication and is unhappily walking around in his “cone of shame”.

The evening after Leo’s surgery, I felt so bad for him. He was still very drowsy from the anesthesia and was having a rough time with the cone. The next day, he was a whole new pup! He ate his entire breakfast and was bouncing all over the place. It’s been difficult trying to keep him from jumping. I’m nervous he’s going to open his incision.

I was unsure whether to leave him at home to heal or if it was better to bring him to work so I could keep an eye on him. The vet technician said it would be fine to bring him to work, and I’m glad I did. Since I’ve been able to keep an eye on him, I was able to notice his cone wasn’t big enough and he could reach his incision. I quickly grabbed a bigger cone to stop that from happening. Phew!

Luckily, he only has to wear his cone for the next 4-6 days, and he’ll be fully healed in the next 9 days or so and we can go back to our evening walks.

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  1. Heal fast Leo!

  2. poor Leo, i hope he feels better soon, he is so darn cute. i hate those cones, they are so cumbersome for the dogs. i have small dogs and use large paper plates, cut out the middle.

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