Skyler, our almost 6mo old mini aussie, was neutered yesterday. Because he is one of the breeds that have been have the MDR1 gene mutation. Skyler tested to be effected by this. He is mutant/normal which means he has a strong chance of reacting to certain medications, some of them he cannot ever have and others on the list he can have, with caution, in normal doses.
Because of this mutation our vet worked with WSU to learn more about it and develop a plan of care for his neutering. Many of the meds on the list are preanesthesia & pain meds. Turns out the vet at WSU is my vets old professor.
So...soon after the plan of care was developed my vet had a collie mix come in for a spay, since collies are on the list she used the treatment on her. Worked great. When Skyler came in for his neuter she, of course, used the plan of care that was developed 4mo ago for him.
When we got to the vets to pick him up he was happy, perky and all full of excitement. NOT at all like I've seen in our females (dog and cat) that were spayed. He didn't seem sore, woozy, drunk, sleepy...just happy.
She was so impressed with how he woke up and how happy he seemed that she is now changing this to be their standard protocol for all spay/neuter no matter the breed. So with the 2 dogs she has used this on they both woke up the same way, content, relaxed & none to very little nausea.
When Chloe, our 18mo eskie, or even our cats, were spayed they were sore, puky, sleepy, drunk on drugs. I realize a neuter is not near as invasive as a spay but wow, such a difference on his alertness & energy level.
Besides how the protocol used for his meds & am amazed at how much simpler a neuter is from a spay. He is not acting any different now then he did pre-surg. No obvious pain. The only thing we had to do was keep a e-collar on him through this AM, he was wanting to lick but I really think that was due to the shaving, not the incision.
We have the collar off this morning & using it as a great chance to enforce his 'leave it' command