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    14 week old boy neutered today

    I had a wellness exam scheduled this morning for my little 14 month old boy, Caramel. I weighed him a couple weeks ago and he was at 820g, which meant I could go get it done. They had an opening today so they went ahead and neutered him. They sent me home with .1mL of Buprenorphine to give him in the evening. I asked for a probiotic as well and they sold me a small bottle of biosponge, with instructions to give 1/2 tsp one time a day (sprinkled on his food).
    After reading many aftercare articles and looking through many forums, I am not sure if they gave me everything I need. Do I need to ask them for any other medication?

    When I brought him home and put him in his 2x1 fleece lined enclosure, he imediately went to his food and hay. Now hes in his soft tunnel sleeping.

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    Re: 14 week old boy neutered today

    Watch him like a hawk on the buprenorphine. It can really zonk a pig out, and you have to make sure they're eating and drinking properly.

    He may have less pain and be less zonked out if you split that into two doses and give it twice a day.

    No antibiotics? Then be sure to keep his cage very clean, especially the area where he sleeps the most. He'll also pee and poop there the most, and you don't want the incision site to get infected. Check his incision two or three times a day, and take him right back in if you see any signs of infection (pus, redness, unusual swelling). Some swelling is normal after any incision.

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    Re: 14 week old boy neutered today

    Thanks!
    I only have the 0.1mL of the buprenorphine. Should I give a half done tonight and the rest midday tomorrow?
    should I ask for more buprenorphine?

    Also, should I ask them for an antibiotic?

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    Re: 14 week old boy neutered today

    If you've only got the one dose, you'll have to go ahead and give it.

    I would have wanted antibiotics, at least to have on hand if necessary.

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    Re: 14 week old boy neutered today

    I tried to give him half but the syringe is so small, it all went into his mouth. So that works out I guess.
    Tomorrow I will call and ask about antibiotics. I’m starting the new semester tomorrow and so I won’t be home as much as I’d like. I need all the help I can get to keep the incision healthy.

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    Re: 14 week old boy neutered today

    Before the neuter he weighed 852g. Then evening on the day of he weighed 814. This morning he weighed 800 and this evening he’s at 788.
    Should I be worried? He’s eating hay and pellets and drinking water. I’ll weigh him tonight before I sleep and keep up weighing him the next few days.

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    Re: 14 week old boy neutered today

    The only weights that are really comparable are ones taken first thing in the morning before the pig has been fed. You'll get the most pig weight at that time, and the least food and poop. Trying to compare from morning to evening means you don't know how much is food/poop and how much is pig.

    Losing 52 grams after surgery isn't surprising. Keep weighing him in the mornings and see what the trend is. He might lose a bit more, but should stabilize and start to gain in another day or so.

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    Re: 14 week old boy neutered today

    He’s doing great! Weight is stabilized around 814 or so. He is constantly going 20 over or 20 under. He’s peppy and popcorning. He’s still in the 2X1 cage but in the middle of the week I plan on moving him back into the split enclosure he was in before (3x1) and then in three weeks I’ll introduce him to his sister.
    Here he is non the wiser about anything missing xD
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    Re: 14 week old boy neutered today

    Thanks for the update. I'm so happy to hear that everything went so well. He is such a handsome boy.

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    Re: 14 week old boy neutered today

    Good thing you don't live nearby. I've been known to pignap Abys! He certainly is a cutie.

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    Re: 14 week old boy neutered today

    What a handsome little fella. Thank you for the positive update. We really like good news around here :D

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    Thank you everyone!! He is way adorable <3 (which is why I spent $202 to keep him with me!)

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    Re: 14 week old boy neutered today

    So this last Monday made two weeks since he has been neutered. I’ve been researching and reading a bunch of different articles on how long to keep them separated. I’ve seen 2 FULL weeks, 3-4 weeks, 6 weeks, and even 3 months. Would I be fine to put them together now? At 2 weeks and 4 days?
    I really would like to put them together now since I am traveling home next weekend. It would give me enough time to see if they get along and so I can put them in the same carrier, and be able to set up their makeshift cage more easily when I get there. I don’t want babies though. Especially since they’re siblings.
    I am very torn on when it is okay to put them together.

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    Re: 14 week old boy neutered today

    I believe it's 4 weeks.

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    Re: 14 week old boy neutered today

    Four weeks. GP sperm are determined little buggers, and it takes a long time for them to die.

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