Convince my husband neutering is OK!

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Thanks!  I think I will.  I'll try to post one, if he will hold still long enough for me to get a decent pic.  Do divas give problems like that??  :-)

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Sofia is always ready for the camera.. Loves to pose.. knows her best side!!

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blue4 - Rick is fine.

If it is just a small lump, keep an eye on it. If it doesn't grow, don't worry, dogs get a lot of those over time. To find one on a puppy is a little unusual.

Here is the link to the discussion about Brinks histiocytomas.

http://www.gentledoberman.com/forums/histiocytomas

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Thanks Rick! :-)  It's almost as if his rib curves in and then protrudes out sometimes.  I can cup the lump in the palm of my hand.  But sometimes, I don't even notice that it sticks out much.  So maybe it's those funky ribs and I'm being "hypocondrish" (a word, no??)!  The vet felt over him really good in the pre-op and didn't feel anything - don't know that I really noticed it until this week. 

Oh, Sofia!  If only Reesie would stand still long enough to look at your picture!  He would be captivated by your beauty.  You know how those little boys are - always going for the older woman!! 

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I feel a little silly.  Reesie stretched out on his back and I tried real hard to find that "spot" while he was stretching.  But, umm, well...you see, there wasn't anything but beautiful lean dobie.  I guess it's just the way he's standing sometimes.  Ribs weren't deformed or anything.  I don't know what I felt, and I'll follow up with the vet (recheck on the neuter) but in the meantime, thanks for listening!!!    

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I am having the same issue with my boyfriend and his black lab that i got him for his birthday. The lab is now 3 years old and i have always told my bf to get him neutered. but just recently i noticed that brodie only had one testicle. i was looking it up and saw that this procedure can be a tough and expensive one. i told him all the issues of having just one testicle and he STILL wont have it done. what is it with men and not wanting their dogs to get rid of their balls???

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Ok, I started to post a really sarcastic reply about the males & neutering...  Then I re-read it & decided that it was totally inappropriate, so here's a slightly less sarcastic reply:

Sympathy pains  

It's the only thing that makes any sense when an intelligent, caring, loving male gets into a tizzy when the subject is neutering his male dog...

When time came to have Brinks neutered, Don wasn't crazy about the idea, but agreed it was better for him.  It also helped that Don was out of town when the time came (as has happened every time any procedure had to be done...)!

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Here is an interesting thought...

What about doggie vasectomy? ;-)

 

My husband was worried about having our Ratty spayed because he's convinced it will inhibit her ability to be "a good squirrel dog". So, even though I'm not at all worried about it, I'm going to talk to the vet about a Tubal Litigation. Essentially, it's just getting her tubes tied instead of taking her whole female parts out.

Same for the male.

In fact (just for kicks, I'm about to play the devils advocate), I've read that a neuter has adverse effects on the future health of most male dogs (I can't remember the statistics, but it significantly increases a possibility of multiple types of cancer, while decreasing a very minor form of cancer that can be fixed later in life by a neuter done at the time the cancer shows up). Also, neutering a dog doesn't really help with behavior problems that it's said to help (marking, mounting, agressive behavior). On the contrary, many dogs start those behaviors AFTER they were neutered and it didn't decrease the desire in dogs that already exhibited those behaviors. However, the point in neuter is ultimately to have the dog sterilized, right? Why not have a vasectomy? It's a much less invasive procedure, and it solves the biggest issue without the dog "loosing his balls". Though finding a willing vet... ???

(I had Gunner neutered, and I will probably never even bring up this possibility in the real world. I just want to see if any of you would be open to something other than a neuter that still provides complete steralization).  

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you hear so many differing opinions about what it does/doesn't do- All I know is that when I had my Akita neutered at 18 months - It stopped all bad behaviors (jumping,marking in house,) He basically became a proper gentleman... I know that doesnt hold true for all dogs-

I often wondered why they didn't do a doggy vasectomy... It does seem alot simpler than a castration, but then again I am not a doctor...

If it was an option and I knew it was safe and effective I would consider it if it was beneficial to the dog...

My trainer told me I had to get Cisco done if I wanted him to stop dominating me/or trying to at least... He also said do it before he reaches sexual maturity...

We shall see he goes finally April 7th after almost 3 weeks of trying to get it done!

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You have been trying!!  Hope everything works out this time!

 You know Paisley, if my hubby read your comments, he'd probably say "see!!"  But, I'm not going to let him see them!!!  I wonder too, if there's something about making their boy "tame".... you know??  Here's this big male dog, and you're going to break him.  I don't know.  Maybe that's not really true, as there are many men on here who don't have a problem with neutering.  Ahhh, no easy answer.  I wouldn't be opposed to the "snip" if I could see enough proof to outweigh what I read about neutering being benefitial.

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Yeah... It's really pretty controversial with some people, the neutering thing. Sometimes I think I would be willing to do it FOR these crazy people who believe that their dogs "should keep their balls." It's like a win-win to me! Haha.

 I 100%, without a doubt want my dog secured to not have puppies. I don't even want to deal with that. But if I had the option of having him neutered vs just having him sterlized? I don't know... It just seems like a fair option and worth considering.