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I have Marley scheduled for his neutering next Wednesday the 19th. He just turned 6 months on the 8th , we have company coming on the 25th, older adult company . Will that be a problem? Some say it's better younger, heals faster,...then there are cons that I have read that say it increases their odds of getting different kinds of cancers later in life doing it too young .... how long do they have to wear the cone? At what age did did you fix your doodles? I have heard 6 mo then I've heard 12 months ? ? You hear all kinds of stuff, I just want to do the best for him. Thanks !

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Comment by Grace and Pemon The Gentle Giant on March 9, 2014 at 1:12pm

Laura, I take it that everything turned out alright?  Did he wear the cone?

Comment by Lois - Izzi on February 17, 2014 at 9:31am

Both of mine were neutered at 6 months; others were neutered between 10 and twelve months and I don't recall one difference between the months.  Neither males or females were particularly concerned or bothered after bring them home.   No cone, not a one.  My actions and expectations were no different than the day before surgery.    (the only thing I did was check healing.. no redness or open sore  which would take less than a minute, hand them a treat/toy and let them alone to play at will. )

Comment by Harrison, Brodie & Kris on February 16, 2014 at 2:07pm

Harrison was neutered at 6 months and he did fine. In fact the vet wished us good puck keeping him quiet and calm. The vet was right it was hard. We had to kennel him when he would get to wound up. As for the cone we only put it on at night when we couldn't watch him to keep him from licking. He has healed nice and in fact his sack is so small you can barely see it. The vet told us if you neuter earlier then there is a better chance the sack will be less noticeable.  

Neutering is said to calm dogs down. That has not been the case for Harrison, he is still high energy all the time...

Best of luck

Comment by Grace and Pemon The Gentle Giant on February 16, 2014 at 8:51am

Laura don't laugh, that was what I meant some of the members did put pants on their Doodle. And Rose that donut sounds pretty neat.

Comment by Rose on February 16, 2014 at 1:25am

I've seen a new alternative to the cone, it's kind of like a donut, stuffed.

Comment by Martha Barberino & Carly on February 15, 2014 at 11:40pm
Carly is a girl and she was spade at six months. We never needed a cone because she didn't fuss with the incision, and it went pretty far up her tummy. She was pretty sleepy for the first couple days, but after that it was like it never happened. We were supposed to keep her from jumping or running but that didn't happen. We kept an eye on the incision but she was fine. I think you'll be fine with company coming a week after.
Comment by Laura , Marley and Oliver on February 15, 2014 at 10:05pm
Thanks everyone! Going to keep his appointment...yes, it's scary for me, but this will pass and all be over before we know it! Guess if I don't use a cone, I could put pants on him, lol just kidding, but maybe, lol
Comment by Linda Szalay on February 15, 2014 at 7:36pm

We neutered Frankie at 6 months. It was hard for the first few days, but he recovered pretty well after about a week. I think Marley will be fine. It is kind of scary, but it's a good thing to d o and you will be glad when it's over.

Comment by Catherine & Jasper on February 15, 2014 at 7:14pm
6 months is perfect!! He won't remember a thing either. Jasper wore a cone for 2-3 days, as he kept trying to lick the incision. But if Marley doesn't need the cone, you don't have to use it. But it's better to have it just in case. The hardest part was trying to keep him 'quiet' for 10 days or so after surgery...apparently our vet had never owned a doodle!! LOL
Comment by Beverly and Eli on February 15, 2014 at 12:30pm

Eli was done at about six months (maybe 5). He never did use a cone (the vet didn't give us one). His stitches were done so that they were dissolving from the inside. We never had a single problem and he only occasionally licked the incision. He did have some pain meds and we used them for two days. If you're concerned, call the vet and ask what their procedure is and what they think would be best.

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