Weasley did well with his surgery, though he was certainly very groggy last night. Our vet followed this anesthesia protocol:
- Bloodwork the morning of surgery (of course)
- Fluids during surgery
- Induction with ketamine and isoflourane for the anesthesia
- Pulse oximeter and ECG monitoring
I am not sure if any body if any of you subscribe to the Whole Dog Journal but they had a very interesting article on neutering and spaying this month, here is a link to the article. The author echoes a lot of my own feelings about the procedure and does a good job with a controversial topic. While I certainly understand the need for population control at shelters my own feelings about when to alter have changed. That is one reason I waited until Bob and Weasley where about a year old to neuter them, where as I neutered Tubby and spayed Ping at about 6 months of age. I also worry a bit about Norbert because he had a juvenile neuter at the shelter which I now know is not really the ideal. I wish there was a way for shelters to adopt puppys out and then insure that owners followed through with the surgery at the appropriate age. As for giant breeds I am not sure I would want to neuter one I owned at all, as there seems to be such a connection between that and cancer. Its one of the reasons I will likely never own a giant breed dog. I was just wondering how you guys feel about this article.