For those of you who read my blog a couple months ago "Something's Missing" you know that Finnigan is a Cryptorchid puppy which means he has one testicle dropped and the other is retained in his body. We've been wanting to get him neutered because I think his hormones are getting the best of him, but because of the Cryptorchidism the vet wanted to wait until he was 8 months old.
He will be 8 months old the end of April so next week we've scheduled his appointment to be neutered. The vet's office is supposed to call us back today with a quote on what the procedure will cost (it's more expensive and more invasive since they have to go into the abdomen and find the other testicle) and we wanted to find out about getting his hips x-rayed since he will already be sedated for the surgery. Now we're wondering if we should get a stomach x-ray too. A few weeks ago Finn was sick and throwing up and the vet did an x-ray at the time looking for something he may have swallowed but couldn't see anything because of what appeared to be built up waste in his bowels (I had a blog on that as well). He was fine for a couple weeks then he threw up a few more times (this time string came up) then he was ok for a couple days until yesterday morning when he threw up two more times. Nothing ever comes up except for the one time we saw string and we're worried maybe there is something in his belly. During the first visit the vet had said if there were an object that wouldn't come out, they would have to go in and get it so if that is the case, during his neutering would be the perfect time to do so since they will be in his abdomen already.
I'm really worried about what all this will cost but I want to make sure Finn is in good health. I guess if we had to skip one of the procedures the hip x-ray would probably be the one though that means if we want to do it down the road he'd have to be sedated again. Does anyone know at what age the presence of dysplasia can be detected? We just want what's best for our little boy and, like everyone else who's had their dog neutered, we're nervous about how he will do during the procedure and how quickly he will recover. The interesting part will be how we take him out to go potty. We live in a 2nd floor apartment and we always carry him down the stairs but I don't know if that will be painful with his stitches... So many things to worry about, I'll be glad when it's all over and he's back to normal.