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So Ziggy is going to be neutered on the 17th. $235 - that's it!

And this is the best part....I get to be there. I get to be there as they put him under and throughout the procedure and then in recovery. I can stay until he's ready to go.

They did say because he's older - 19 months - that after they remove the testes the scrotal sac will be a little saggy and not heal flush to the skin like younger dogs.

I wonder if they do scrotty-tucks! :D
 

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That's great! I think it is awesome when owners can and want to stay! A neuter is pretty quick, don't blink! j/k! :) It will be nice for Ziggy to have mom there when he wakes up!
 

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I know. It's best for him for me to be there, I think. I'm actually excited about this!!

The surgical tech also said she would schedule him first so we can be in and out of there (relatively speaking).
 

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That is great!

Imagine how it looks on a 10 year old dog who has just been neutered! I called the vet's office in a panic. Now, keep in mind that I had only had female dogs and I was new to fostering when this happened. I told them it was all black and asked if it would fall off after a few days. I'm not sure how the girl on the phone managed to keep from laughing at me over the phone!
 

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Gus and Ace both had a sad, saggy sack for a little while afterward, but it's not noticeable anymore :) Gus was 2.5, and Ace was almost 2 years old.

You're lucky they'll let you be there with him. We had to leave Gus and Ace overnight (which is not the norm I learned here), and it was torturous.
 

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That is great!

Imagine how it looks on a 10 year old dog who has just been neutered! I called the vet's office in a panic. Now, keep in mind that I had only had female dogs and I was new to fostering when this happened. I told them it was all black and asked if it would fall off after a few days. I'm not sure how the girl on the phone managed to keep from laughing at me over the phone!
Are you talking about the extra left-over skin? It turns black?
 

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That is great! Bailey is getting spayed next Thursday. In Alabama they do a program called "SNAP" (Spay Neuter Action Project) and with a coupon you can have your pet spayed for next to nothing. I think it is like $50 for Bailey. Our wonderful vet accepts the coupons, thank good ness. Our old vet did not and it cost me around $200 to get my male neutered. Really though, I would pay anything to keep my babies from having babies.
 

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That is great!

Imagine how it looks on a 10 year old dog who has just been neutered! I called the vet's office in a panic. Now, keep in mind that I had only had female dogs and I was new to fostering when this happened. I told them it was all black and asked if it would fall off after a few days. I'm not sure how the girl on the phone managed to keep from laughing at me over the phone!
Oh, too funny !! My vets did warn me ahead of time since I generally don't neuter until the dogs are older but it does look like they forgot to do something :doh:
 

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Are you talking about the extra left-over skin? It turns black?
Ummm, apparently it does when you are a 10 year old dog. It did look like they forgot to actually do the surgery for the first day and then it turned black.
 

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I think it's such a simple, routine procedure. I worry too as I have no idea how he will react to anesthesia, but I'm confident that he will be okay. I would worry much more with a female.

Ziggy's a healthy weight without any problems that I'm aware of right now....I got his skin issues all cleared up through months and months of diet scrutiny. I think it will be a breeze except for licking. Sometimes he licks. The good thing is that I will be able to be with him for several days afterward, so we might be able to avoid any cone. They don't automatically put a cone unless he does lick.

I feel ya missmarstar!
 

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Ummm, apparently it does when you are a 10 year old dog. It did look like they forgot to actually do the surgery for the first day and then it turned black.
Owie! I think that would freak me out too. Glad you mentioned this because now I will ask about it.
 

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I'm not sure what profession you're in, but if you've never observed surgery- I would recommend eating breakfast. Sometimes people feel a bit faint or weak in the knees. I just want you to be prepared and not hit the floor. We had a volunteer faint this past summer where I work and so I like to caution people just in case. :) It really isn't that bad but some people have a lot of empathy and "feel" their pet's pain and can't stay/faint/etc.
 

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Even Mojo had a saggy-ish sack and he was really young.

He'd never talk to me again if he knew I posted this.



Poor dude had some nasty razor burn down there. :(
 

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LOL You are too funny!!!! :D
 

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What vet do you use? I'm in your area, so I'm curious. You can PM me if you don't want to post the name. Thanks!
 

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kwhit - Adobe Animal Hospital in Los Altos. Check out their website. They really are wonderful. So friendly and they love my Ziggy! They are a large practice with a really small, familiar feeling. They have everything in one place. The only type of specialist they do not have on site is a cardiologist. They even have a chiropractor and a holistic vet. Most are UC Davis grads.

Also, CarolinaCasey - I'm an RN. I work in a busy cardiothoracic surgery ICU. I've seen some stuff, I think I'll be okay. ;) But thanks for your concern!! I will actually be going straight from work so I'll already be in my scrubs!
 

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Jamie's still got that little empty sack and it has gotten kind of dark. He was neutered Dec 6th. If the sack got really black right after the proceedure I would be concerned it was necrotic but if you are a nurse I'm sure you would recognize that.

I was really stressed out about Jamie's neuter even though I am a physician and do surgery myself. I don't think I could have watched!
 

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Jamie's still got that little empty sack and it has gotten kind of dark. He was neutered Dec 6th. If the sack got really black right after the proceedure I would be concerned it was necrotic but if you are a nurse I'm sure you would recognize that.

I was really stressed out about Jamie's neuter even though I am a physician and do surgery myself. I don't think I could have watched!
When I read black I thought right away...necrosis. I thought that can't be normal and OUCH!

I'm sure they'll stick me in the corner somewhere. LOL!! Maybe they'll put me to work? LOL!! Maybe I'll go get a cup of coffee instead and just be there for him as he wakes up. I know my guy will be in good hands.

We do emergent open chests in our ICU. I never thought I'd ever "get used" to stuff like this, but over time it's almost like a coping mechanism to be "used" to it. I think the thing that really grosses me out is .... I can't think of anything. :)
 
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