Elderly dog has to be neutered

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VictoriaBun Sat 25-Apr-20 11:15:43

My friend had a 12 year old Border terrier. He has recently been having trouble having a wee and only a dribble when he does.
The vet has examined him and he has an enlarged prostate which neutering will help. She has been told his heart sounds ok so the op will take place next week.
Had anyone any experience of their dog having this op at an older age ? What is she likely to expect ?

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Nearlyoldenoughtowearpurple Sat 25-Apr-20 11:23:38

It will be fine
12 isn’t that old
It’s a really simple quick op with minimal recovery time
Prostate issues can be really painful, she will be amazed by how much better he is afterwards
Worth an X-ray during op or preop ultrasound ( depending on finances) just to make sure it really is just hormone related and not an abscess or tumour ( both much less common )
Hope all goes well

VictoriaBun Sat 25-Apr-20 12:45:26

Thanks I'll let her know.

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Scattyhattie Sat 25-Apr-20 13:27:34

Friends dog had signs of testicular cancer so was neutered at 12, he was fine, its usually quicker op than spay.

My dog had anesthetic for xrays/joint injection last year at 12, I go for the pre-op bloods & drip after to help flush the meds& keep hydrated, which cost extra but best I think for older dogs.

Darklane Sat 25-Apr-20 19:36:14

My thirteen year old Skye Terrier bitch had to be spayed last year, medical reasons, so I was really worried mainly because she was very ill at the time as well. She came through fine & it’s a much bigger operation for a bitch. They did keep her in an extra day to make sure she was ok but from coming home she recovered really well & is still fine now a year later, no after effects.

VictoriaBun Sun 26-Apr-20 08:47:54

His op is Wednesday , I've passed on your replies. Thanks again

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ducksback Wed 29-Apr-20 17:18:16

My old boy had the exact same operation and at exactly the same age. He was absolutely fine, came home the same day and was as right as rain.


ducksback Wed 29-Apr-20 17:18:52

Sorry I should also have said it was for the same reason!

VictoriaBun Wed 29-Apr-20 20:33:00

So I've just phoned my friend, he had the opportunity and it went ok. He came home early afternoon and the vet said he'd had a pain injection that should be ok for 24 hours. However , at around 6 this evening he was crying and seemed uncomfortable so she called to ask advice. The vet advised half a paracetamol to help him .

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ducksback Wed 29-Apr-20 20:48:23

Paracetamol? What? Are you absolutely sure?

VictoriaBun Wed 29-Apr-20 21:25:43

Just seen op typo'd into opportunity !
Yes she said was advised to give half a paracetamol.

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eddiemairswife Wed 29-Apr-20 21:38:01

Not dog, but my neighbour's 80 yr old husband was circumcised.

QuimReaper Wed 29-Apr-20 21:53:48

Same thing happened to our dog and he made it past 17! He'll be fine.

ducksback Thu 30-Apr-20 09:05:52

Hope he is doing well now. I love an oldie, nothing as lovely in the whole world!

VictoriaBun Thu 30-Apr-20 19:33:36

Just contacted my friend, they stayed up with him all night ( taking turns) as he was whining and crying most of the night. She spoke to the veterinary nurse again this morning who said as long as he wasn't worrying his stitches it was probably just a reaction to the anaesthetic .
She said he seems a little better this afternoon.

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ducksback Thu 30-Apr-20 23:04:42

Poor boy. I hope that he gets better soon. They need to get him proper pain relief.

Gingerninja4 Fri 01-May-20 07:04:12

My boy at a younger age had a similiar reaction to the anaesthetic took about 24 hours for it to wear of

Yes I seen that about paracetamol as well Friend was advised similiar for Jack Russell with a sprain

VictoriaBun Fri 01-May-20 20:43:33

Latest news - he's heaps better , eating well and even a few tail wags.

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