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Old 07-23-2017, 03:11 PM
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Unusual living situation vs recovery after neutering

I have a Lab Pit mix named Riley. He is 11 months old (ish) and I need to get him fixed. BTW he is getting up towards a hundred pounds, although I haven't weighed him recently. We live off grid in a camper in the Southern California desert. I got him from a friend's tweaker girlfriend who bought him and then stopped caring for him and left him at a property she wasn't allowed on. He was fed by other people there, but he was getting beat up by a boxer mix, and didn't really have anyone to love him there. That was about 4.5 months ago. We're doing well together, training is slow, but we're getting there (he's my first dog). He goes to work with me (outdoor work weedeating and brush clearing) and hasn't been away from me for more than a few hours since I picked him up. I usually leave him on a tie out at the car (doors open so he can get in amd out as he likes) within earshot of where I'm working (unless the property we're on is fenced and then he gets to roam). He has no problem with the car or car sickness. We're getting ready to head home to my parents house in Virginia in a week or so.

So here's the question. I'm thinking about getting him neutered right before we leave so he can recover in the car. Option B would be to do it back in Virginia. I've already gotten the basic run down from the vet on the surgery and keeping him clean. E collar for a week, no playing in dirt or active/rough play. (Essentially, Riley won't be allowed to do anything he loves, except for maybe chew on some rawhide.) I don't need to make the trip fast, and we will be taking main roads so veterans are going to be a google search away, and the procedure is common enough I'm expecting any vet along the way to be able to help if he has complications.

Would I be crazy to try this? Or am I killing two birds with one stone by having his road trip time cooped up in the car coincide with him being doped up on pain meds for a week and not able to go out and really play anyway?
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Old 07-23-2017, 04:16 PM
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My recommendation is to wait until you get to your parents' place. It's always best for any follow-on care and post-surgical checks to be done by the same veterinary practice that performs the surgery.
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even though I can completely understand your reasoning on doing it before the car trip, I agree with JohnR. its better to have his procedure and follow up done at the same vet.
For a first time dog owner you seem to be thinking things through nicely. Well done on that one! Im glad this boy landed up with you.
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