|Barked: Fri May 3, '13 2:36pm PST |
|Thanks for the advice and comments, everyone. I think I've made my decision... and that is to go through with the neuter.
My reason for deciding is... I feel like the behaviors, however minor (I mean it's not like we've got a compulsive humper, or like he's marking indoors or anything, but still...) are nonetheless creating bumps in our relationship, and even if they don't 100% go away, I have decided I'm willing to take the chance that the things like urine licking/lip smacking, obsessive sniffing, and particularly the bullying other dogs will at least be reduced to some extent.
I've been worried about how it would effect his health, but through research it sounds like weakness in bones and joints, ACL tears, thyroid problems, etc. are really a bigger concern for dogs who were neutered too early... So in other words: not a big deal for dogs who were neutered post-maturity.
...So his appointment remains for Tuesday.
... But I do hope I can tell the vet not to shave his entire leg. As shallow as it may seem, I don't want them messing up his lovely feathering. When Ava got spayed they just shaved a teeny patch, just big enough to fit her with the IV for the surgery. Hoping this vet (which is a different one) to do the same tiny shave for Nix.
Edited by author Fri May 3, '13 2:37pm PST
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