Dog Neutered, Wife away, how will i cope..
So not as dramatic as it sounds but the good lady wife was away in the west of Ireland with her sisters this weekend and I had a freshly neutered puppy to look after with the kids, what could go wrong?
Nothing as it happens, Wife was away with her sisters on Achill Island for the weekend, Given her little sis was back from Oz I suggested that she spend the weekend with them in Achill and what a weekend weather wise, amazing by all accounts and a fun time was had by all. This left me alone with two boys and a puppy. Charlie was in the vets on Friday being neutered, In case you missed the last few posts he is an 11 month old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, very puppy like and into everything. We decided on getting him in September that he would be neutered as we had zero intention of breeding and looking at the health benefits (below) not withstanding more puppies it was a option we felt very happy doing as soon as was possible. I wanted to get it done earlier than 11 months but life takes over so he was booked in a while back for this past weekend.
Now onto the health benefits for Charlie, neutering helps to prevent many kinds of cancers that are common to this breed. For males specifically, there is a high incidence of testicle cancer, they become much more affectionate and sociable and are less likely to wonder. Having him neutered can help to prevent this. On the down side some say he may increase in weight but a good diet and exercise can counter this. While not everyone agrees with this action we decided to have this done and i think each option has merits, this works for us.
Now as I picked him up on Friday evening after a successful op took him back to the house and made sure he was comfortable for the night. Very groggy but in general all good he had a great night sleep. Having had a series of Kidney stone removal operations I know what its like to pass water after this and had a feeling Charlie would feel something along these lines on Saturday morning when he awoke, which he did, The poor little fella whelped as he went to the toilet the next morning however a few seconds of discomfort and all well again and back to the create for more rest.
Charlie is making great progress after his op, not enjoying the cone of shame but will be ok, a lot more back to himself yesterday evening and will be fine in a few days. We just need to make sure he is not picking at the incision site.
Liam and I decided to bake a treat for Charlie, Peanut Butter and Oat cookies. The below is a recipe we found but made a slight change and Charlie loves them.
Homemade Peanut Butter Oat Dog Treats
250 ml – Chicken Broth
175g creamy peanut butter (make sure it does NOT contain artificial sweeteners such as xylitol)
1 large egg
170g all-purpose flour
85g cup oatmeal
Preheat oven to 200c.
With a hand blender or by hand, blend the broth and peanut butter, when well mixed add in the egg, blend well.
Mix the flour and oatmeal in a bowl. Slowly add in the broth and peanut butter mixture to make the dough. Knead for a few minutes.
Roll out the dough on a lightly floured, flat surface, about 1/4″ thick. Cut into desired shapes using cookie cutters.
Transfer the dog treats onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
Bake for 30 minutes or until the surface is lightly browned.
We ended up with between 30-40 treats of different sizes and split between three bags. The great thing here was myself and Liam having a blast making a mess in the kitchen for an hour or so and Liam just enjoying giving something he made to Charlie. We made bone shapes by making a template and also used the end of a shot glass (dont judge) to cut into smaller circle shapes.
Please note: you can substitute plain flour for gluten-free chickpea, rice, Amaranth, etc. As always, if you’re unsure, double-check with your vet. again with the peanut butter (make sure it does NOT contain artificial sweeteners such as xylitol) we had the Kelkin which is 97% peanuts and has no added sugar or sweeteners etc.