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Old 12-17-2009, 05:42 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default neutering next week, laser or no?

most important part to me is recovery time. i was going to take the holiday time to sit at home with my lil buddy and help him recover. i read somewhere that laser surgery, while easier and safer, may not yeild a faster recovery time.

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Old 12-17-2009, 06:05 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I think Laser is amazing. Our rescue vet does all our neutering/spaying surgery by laser. I think it speeds up the recovery time b/c its less than likely to get infected. And the incision is smaller. That's what I've been told anyhow.
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Old 12-22-2009, 03:14 PM   #3 (permalink)
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just got a call, he's up and about. i went with the laser and did his chip at the same time. bout $425 at the end of the day. i felt bad skipping on the blood work, but when i dropped him off they told me that it was done with his surgery last time around.

on the phone, they told me that the incision is about an inch and should be healed up in 4 days or so.
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I hope he has a speedy recovery.
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Old 12-22-2009, 07:36 PM   #5 (permalink)
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$425 with no bloodwork? wow. That seems high, maybe just due to your location though.

I had laser done with Felix's neuter too, only had to worry about swelling. Keep him as still as possible for the swelling to go down faster.
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Glad to hear he is doing well! Maya had her spay surgery last week and had the laser treatment as well... she has done remarkably well recovering and has not licked/chewed the incision site at all.
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Old 12-23-2009, 07:02 PM   #7 (permalink)
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We had our Ruby done the old way about a month ago. She still has quite the gash on her belly, but it will dissipate I guess. We're in Canada and it cost about $425 to have her fixed and chipped. She was also given an iv during the proceedure which that told me would help keep her hydrated. there are places around here that will do it for about $125, but I think that it is all they do. and I think they may be a teaching vet.
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Old 01-29-2010, 10:33 AM   #8 (permalink)
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We're still havinf issues with Ruby's incision scar.
It wasn't healing properly so we had to take her back 2 weeks ago for the vet to have a look. She said sometimes it takes a little longer for some dogs to heal up. the knoting under the belly should dicipate. she gave her 7 days of antibiotics and we took her home. That helped but one week after the antibiotics were done it flaired up again. and two nights ago there was i large bump under the skin. when my wife moved it a bit it opened up and a large amount of blood oosed out. We took Ruby to the vet within an hour of that happening. the more experienced vet at the clinic had a look and told us to bring her back in the morning so he could clean it properly and have a good look. He sidated her slightly and cleaned out the wound and gave her an antibiotic shot that will last 14 days.
ruby was in quite a bit of pain last night but finally went to sleep. She;s doing a lot better this morning.... I hope that wasd it and the incision will finally heal properly now.

I guess I could have given her some aspirin last night, but I had thought they would have given her some pain medication at the clinic. I guess they hadn't.....
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Glad to hear that everything went well. Now all you have to do is keep him calm. Ty had his done last Friday and he pretty much laid around the entire day and slept. I was a little worried because he didn't want to drink much the first day but he resumed all of his normal habits the following day, all except running on the treadmill. We ended up paying $209 for everything including blood work and pain meds which he only took a half of one the night of the surgery. I have a friend that is a vet and she said young dogs really don't need any iv fluids because the surgery is so fast and they are not under very long at all. She does recommend being prepared with an iv though just incase anything happens.
Have fun keeping him calm!
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I guess you don't have to keep him calm, I just noticed that he had his surgery back in December.
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