Confidence Boosters?
#11
Same here with the cone. The males were the only ones who used it. I even used kids sized underwear for Pax. 

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He was fine with them on in the house. Also saved my legs from the cone. I did use the cone at night though. 

Spay and neuters are very common practice. I truly believe he will do fine at home. If by the very off chance something does come up you can always go to the vet to have it checked out.
Linda

One Border Collie Is Never Enough

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#12
Thanks everyone for your support on this. I thought the stay was a little unnecessary as well and I was getting kinda nervous (could you tell? Tongue) I figured I'd need to use a cone. He does enough locking down there to begin with without being sore from surgery.

The underwear idea sounds interesting. I feel like Kep wouldn't want it on and figure out how to take it off in two seconds... I must say though Pax looks a little humiliated in it. But better than the cone of shame I guess! Tongue
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#13
I'm late in on this but wanted to say that I have never had to leave a dog (male or female) at the vet after a neuter or spey. I also had a GSD with cryptorchidism and it was quite a large surgery in that it took 3 incisions to locate the testicle as we did not have the benefit of ultrasound. Dropped him off at 8.30am and collected him at 1.30pm.
I personally can't see any reason to put Kep through a night away from where he feels most comfortable. Max pretty well put himself straight into his crate where he felt safe and cosy. As with any time they are unwell I camped down in the lounge nearby and I know he appreciates it.
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#14
Thank you Trifan! Hearing everyone's thoughts is making me feel better about refusing to let Kep stay there.

His appointment is still a month away so there's still a bit of time to prepare for it. Glad that I now know the stay is unnecessary, giving me peace of mind. Thank you everyone! 5170
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#15
Since you still have a month get a cone and start getting Kep used to it. One of my dogs had no issues with the cone but the other would panic when I put the cone on him and then would lie down and refuse to move until it was taken off. It made his recovery time really stressful for everyone.
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#16
As for the people I thing it is lot like any training I would and do carve out the time and get my dog out get in the car pick places and work on my comfort level and then the dog's. With us it is other dogs and pardon bluntness but idiot owners. I know my breeder takes her litters off the farm.
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#17
(04-08-2017, 11:20 AM)Keller-b-border Wrote: As for the people I thing it is lot like any training I would and do carve out the time and get my dog out get in the car pick places and work on my comfort level proximity and then the dog's. With us it is other dogs and pardon bluntness but idiot owners. I know my breeder takes her litters off the farm. She also brings people in. Dogs are easy outs for people not comfortable talking to others. The person usually stops wants to talk dog. Your dog. their dog that is not with them. And you usually are easily on your way as both of you are out for walks they are on way into library or shop or whatever.
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#18
Thanks KBB! I think you're right and I'll confuse myself less if I think of it as training myself like my dog. Take small steps and be patient with myself.

T&MM that's a good idea.
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#19
Nine times out of ten if that voice in my head says am I personally up to walking the next few steps forward it happens before the dog will react and I don't NEED to read his language. I move out and maybe after a few more outings and different confidence boosters there will be progress closer in that situation should it arise again.
“If having a soul means being able to feel love and loyalty and gratitude, then animals are better off than a lot of humans.”
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#20
Makes sense. Thanks for the tips!
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