Dudley had The Big Boy Operation today. I was able to bring him home the same day, and he is currently snoring in his crate, still pretty drugged up. But the rules of recuperation are going to be challenging - he has to be walked on a leash instead of turned loose in the back yard for TWO WEEKS. We are both going to hate that. And the impossible one - no jumping. Yeah, right. The minute he came in, he jumped onto the couch, and he's still so dopey he lost his balance and almost fell off - I caught him. Tonight he'll have to sleep in the crate, I can't have him jumping on and off my tall bed. This seems like a lot of fuss for what amounts to about 4 stitches on a dog this size. I know there is some more stitching "inside" but I can't remember these restrictions when my golden retriever was neutered. As I recall, he came home and moved a little slowly for 48 hours, and that was it. And he was a whole lot bigger.
I will restrict his activity as much as I can, but he runs like a rabbit and jumps like a kangaroo. This is not going to be easy. It's good that we did this while I am on FMLA myself.
Edited to add: Okay, after he woke up from his 2 hour nap, Dudley is Dudley, he is wide awake and ready to party. I have yelled at him for jumping on and off the furniture, I turned my back for a minute and found him in my room, standing on my bed. He refused to poop unless he could have some privacy so we've abandoned the "must be on a leash" and substituted me standing in the yard discreetly watching him as he sniffs for the appropriate spot. Success. "Small dinner" - please, he is hungry enough to eat one of the cats. I just turned around and he's on his favorite chair. I think I'm going to have faith in his youthful energy and intelligence, and let him do what he wants, within reason. He's in his crate tonight. That's the concession to his invalid status, or mine, because I would like to get a good night's sleep and not worry about him pulling stitches jumping on and off the bed. But that's about as much as I can do about this, short of keeping him sedated for two weeks.
The dog is a lot like his grandma. We don't do invalid well.