Andy Gets Neutered

I hate to say it, being his dad and all, but we have decided finally to neuter the poor guy. As anyone who owns a wheaten knows, they can be aggressive (in a fun way) and the neutering is supposed to reduce that urge somewhat. Andy really hasn’t shown any noticeable aggAndyPlaysression that would worry us. However, after speaking with the vet and doing a bunch of research, we have decided to go through with it. I hate the idea of the little guy going under the knife, but I’m confident that given the routine nature of the procedure that he will be ok. My wife of course is concerned that his personality will change post surgery. I am also a bit worried about this because he has such a charming and loving disposition. I will be sure to report back on how his little wheaten brain reacts to the loss of his little man parts. As you can see, he has no idea what’s coming. Poor little guy.

Update:  Andy is now a neutered dude.  He’s hanging in there.  Guy is actually behaving really well given the circumstances.  He has about 6 stitches and is dying to lick/bite the area.  Luckily the lamp shade he has on his head has kept him from getting anywhere near the area.

Also, his attitude hasn’t changed a bit.  Still the same old rambunctious dog that he was before all of this.  I guess we’ll see what happens over time, but for now he hasn’t changed a bit.

Update update:  Andy is now about 6 weeks out from his surgery and all looks good.  He did have a little issue with his body rejecting the dissolvable stitches which required his return to the vet for a checkup on the area.  He is still crazy, so no worries there.

6 thoughts on “Andy Gets Neutered

  1. Hope Andy is doing well! We have a 6 month old Wheaten, Linus and we just love him! Our first Wheaten, our beloved Gordie, died in October. Gordie was neutered at 6 months. I am trying to decide when to have Linus neutered. If I did the math right, you waited until Andy was 9 months?

    • You did the math perfectly. Andy is doing well, thank you! He just got his stitches out earlier this week and is healing up nicely. He has been a little nippy lately, but nothing really out of the ordinary. His personality is just the same as it was before the neutering, which was a concern of ours. The vet didn’t seem to have any qualms regarding his age. Sorry to hear about Gordie. The best remedy is to celebrate the lives of our past wheatens by bringing new ones into our homes. I’m convinced.

      • I’m going to try to hold off on the neutering until Linus is 9 months. My breeder felt very strongly that we put off the neutering for as long as we can for developmental reasons, that I’ve also read about. Andy is adorable! (and of course so is my Linus!) Are you still feeding him Blue Buffalo? I’m having a bit of a hard time finding the right dog food for Linus.

        • We are still feeding him the blue buffalo puppy food (lamb and oatmeal). He seems to enjoy it. He is about 10 months now and only 33 lbs. so our vet recommended we incentivize him to eat a little more so we have been adding some brown rice and a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese which he goes nuts for. Probably starting a bad habit here, but neither of those things are bad for him (we don’t think!).

          • I am going to try the Blue Buffalo puppy food and see if that agrees with his system. He loves to eat (unlike my first Wheaten) and gulps down his meals in a flash. Life is never boring with a Wheaten in it, enjoy every minute with Andy!

  2. We have a Wheaten, Henry, and we waited until he was 9 months as well to neuter him. Our breeder said to go as long as possible, up to a year for developmental purposes. After the procedure, we did not notice a single change in his behavior. He remained as bouncy as ever. I think when Henry turned maybe 18 months — that was the first mellowing that we noticed.

    We laughed when we read your comment about holding the bone. Henry does the same thing. We continue to have what we call “chew therapy” every night after dinner; we sit on the floor with him and hold the bone as he gnaws for up to half an hour. Good bonding time.

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