06-04-2018, 11:48 AM
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I have worked at clinics that did things both ways. Keeping dogs overnight is a policy by some places suggesting that a dog will be better off staying in a smaller, confined area and not moving around too much. Also this will allow the clinic to continue to monitor a pet's recovery, continue fluids if they feel that is needed, continue pain medication(s) and be sure the incision looks good 24 hours later post op (and be able to correct it if it's not perfect).
However, some clinics do not have overnight staff that can monitor/treat the animals all night. If not, then I feel it's better to let them go home the day of surgery (both males and females). Owners can watch their pets (though rarely as well as a technician can) and intervene/take the pet to the EC if something is wrong. Plus, your point about the pet feeling better at home is certainly a valid one.
However... feeling 'good' at home may also mean roughhousing with other pets, being more active in general, overeating, jumping off and on furniture etc.... all things that would be better NOT to do and things that would not happen in a padded, comfortable cage overnight.
I have also worked rescue for years for years and they literally never keep anything overnight... and rarely run into problems.
Where I work now we keep all 'major' surgeries overnight (the really involved ones get sent to an emergency clinic two doors down for even more intense observation), which male dog neuters are included in that group (not 'involved' but 'major'). But if I have a client who really wants to take their pet home that night, I have no problems with that so i break policy regularly. So far, have not had a situation that made me regret that. So you might talk to your doctor if you really want your pet home AND feel you can handle the responsibility of being sure he stays quiet and has no problems.