GREETINGS FROM SOUTH AFRICA!
Hello there everyone,
Some of you will be aware that my sweet hooligan has been had a serious post-op side-effect after his recent surgery. I know that people are concerned and I thought I'd take a moment to explain it publically...
After much research, talking and advice from various sources, I elected to have Toby neutered. My decision has been conscientiously considered. He's recently become very difficult to handle in public places and I am scared that his behaviour may morphe into dominant/aggressive behaviour which I cannot control. He has become very unfocussed when he is out in public and is seriously distracted by other dogs, whilst refusing to obey me (despite being very firm with him)
Whilst I know that neutering is no guarantee of a change in behaviour, I feel that much of Toby's is indeed testosterone related. My gut feel told me that in his case, it would be the best for both him (and me) to get the 'op' done. I am petrified of dog-fights (as you will all know from my book MAXDOG) and wanted to ensure the best outcome for his maturation and for our long-term relationship. I also wanted to feel comfortable about taking him to run freely in the dog park. So the decision was made.
Toby was castrated on Tuesday morning but unfortunately has been one of those patients that has suffered all the dreaded side-effects. Within 24 hours he developed a large scrotal odema. (I could paste up pictures, but I am not going to - they aren't for sensitive viewers) In addition,the incision became neucrotic (despite stringent efforts to protect him from infection - keeping him indoors, quiet, etc, etc) and he had to go into surgery again today for the surgeon to try and fix it up.
They cut quite a bit of 'dead' tissue away and the swelling is likely to remain hectic for a few days. He's been on anti-inflammatories, anti-biotics and pain-killers for the past 4 days. He's back home now, but very sleepy. Hopefully he'll heel up soon.
Trust Toby to be the one dog, in how many "hundreds", to have the side-effects to what should generally be a fairly simple procedure. My heart aches for him though.
I know that the jury is out there with regard to neutering and that the public is divided. I hope that everyone is not too cross with me about my decision for Toby in particular - effectively withdrawing him from dog shows. But, to me, it is was the most responsible decision I could make.
I am sure that he'll be back to his old self in a few days.
Get better my 'Sweet Hooligan'!
Sending lotsaluv to you all