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We have many questions about juvenile spay & neutering. I have enclosed some photos of 2 puppies 1 male and 1 female that were just altered 24 hours before these photos were taken. The medical field for human medicine has changed with leaps and bounds in just the last 5 to 10 years, and the same is true with veterinarian medicine. Great strives new in techniques are evolving all the time and it is also so where spay & neutering are concerned. We get lots of questions on how we can have our puppies altered so young, and we are so lucky to be located so close to the Ohio State Collage of Veterinarian Medicine. Our Veterinarian Cathrine Allyn Darr D.V.M., at the Animal Medical & Surgical surgery Center Of Coshocton is one of their graduates. She offers state of the art Laser surgery and does all our alterations for the kennel. Most people are shocked to see how tiny the incisions are and how easy it is on the puppies. When we take our puppies in at 6 am in the morning and are back home with them by 10:30 am with the entire litter done, awake and ready for breakfast. First day after they get home and get something to drink and eat they usually nap for the afternoon and start playing in late afternoon and the next day you would never know that anything was even done to them the day before.
We are always striving to do all we can do for our clients and by having our puppies altered before they leave us we take on the responsibility and care of the puppies after surgery. Many vets want you to wait until the puppy grows into a young adult at 6 to 9 months and this is due to the fact they are an older vet and have been out of school longer and were not taught laser techniques that in many cases was not even available when they were in school. There are several reasons below that highlight the reasons who it is
Recovery takes longer on an older dog. Our puppies are up and back to normal play the same day and no plastic cone is required. They totally act like they have never had anything done what do ever.
High cost of spay/neuter depending on the area that you live in. I have had clients return a copy of their spay/neuter bill ranging anywhere from $450 to $800 depending on where you live.
Surgery site on older dog requires a much larger incision and many more stitches and dog is under anesthesia much longer.
Older dogs must wear a large plastic cone collar for a week to 10 days to keep he or she from chewing on their stitches (puppies hardly ever pay no attention to their surgery site)