Originally Posted by gamermouse0213 View Post
Ok, well now that Zeus is a big grown up dog, I have big grown up dog questions!
(Haha I know the 1 is not quite grown up, but I still have questions!)
LOL--big grown up dog questions--I like that..
#1 - Food.
Zeus has been on Taste of the Wild Puppy formula since he was weaned. We are thinking of changing his food to TotW Adult formula. What is the best way to do this transition? Half puppy food, half adult food? Or should we start with less than half of the adult food?
I basically switch foods the same way Control Freak does--but I don't make up packages number for use--I put it on the calendar in the kitchen. And I have never kept a puppy on puppy food for a year--mine are usually transitioned at 5 or 6 months.
#2 - Neutering
The time has come ... for our big boy to be neutered! He has an appointment on the 16th. My question is, what should we expect after his surgery, behavior wise? What is the heal time after a surgery like this? Should I not walk him? Not running, but like our usual strolls around the neighborhood. Should his feeding schedule be the same, or should I hold off food? (I was told already that he'll have to fast before the surgery...) I'm sure the vet will let us know all of this closer to the surgery date, but I'm sure there are people here who have answers.
Any and all advice is welcomed! Thank you!
Most vet clinics give a post surgery hand out and either the vet or a vet tech go through it with the owner when the dog is discharged.
My dogs mostly are not neutered--partly because all the puppies start out a show prospects and for the conformation ring they must be intact. Unless there is some pressing reason to neuter my males generally are intact their entire life. But I do sometimes neuter for medical reasons so one of my dogs was 7 when he was neutered and Toad was 9--both of those dogs had a prostate issue. I neutered a young male champion at 3 because he was so ridiculously testosterone ridden that he was spending all his time looking anxiously for bitches. We thought he had a good chance of being a really good performance dog and he had a litter brother who was already being bred so he didn't need to keep him in the gene pool and he went on to earn a bunch of titles in Obedience, Rally and Agility. And I neutered a young (in my household he was young to be neutered) male who turned out to have a genetic form of hypothyroidism. I absolutely didn't want for someone to use him for breeding and his pedigree was very good and he was vWD clear and is now starting to earn performance titles.
Most vets want you to be giving the dog minimal exercise for about two weeks post surgery for neuters. No exercise except on leash for the first two or three days to go potty--leash walks (short) for at least a week and longer on leash exercise for another week.
If you mean should you feed him on the day of the surgery--if the surgery was in the morning you'll usually be told to give him a light meal in the evening and after that he can return to the amount he usually gets.
I haven't had the experience that 4x4 John had with any of my dogs post neuters. Because the amount of exercise they got post neuter was the same the only time my neutered dogs really gained weight was when they were older. Toad is a good example--he has eaten 4 cups of kibble (daily--2 cups in the am and 2 in the evening) during the winter (because I keep the house pretty cold) he might get a 1/4 cup more with each meal. But I watch the dogs weight and adjust amount they get accordingly. Toad at nearly 13 now gets about 3 cups of kibble per day--1-1/2 cups with each meal. But he's retired from every thing and simply doesn't require nor get as much exercise as he used to.
And I've never seen any sort of personality change in any of my altered dogs. And since things like marking inside is never an issue (that is a training issue-not a neutering issue) nothing changes there. The dogs that were neutered very late (like Toad) KNOW if there is a bitch around and it's obvious from their posture and attitude but they aren't pushy about it.
I'm presently doing ears on a 4 month old red puppy bitch--Toad cocks his head, arches his neck and stacks himself showing off for her if she's in the house--it cracks me up but he's very polite around bitches (but he aways was).
If we've missed anything here--ask your vet--they would always rather you asked than feel that you might be bothering them with questions.