Playful Pup On The Loose

I’ve been looking after my brother’s dog, Zappa, for a few months while my bro is overseas. He’s a very large and very energetic ball of love – essentially, playtime embodied (I’m talking about Zappa, not my brother). Yesterday, my neighbour told me that Zappa had been jumping the backyard fence, which seems like it should be tall enough to hold in a hound. Worse, I was informed that young Zap had been wandering around at the park making a nuisance of himself, if you know what I mean.

I had thought that this dog was desexed, but it appears that I have been misinformed. Today I’m going to look into options for pet desexing. Moorabbin vet clinics seems to offer that service, according to my online research. The situations seems to call for immediate action, since I’m fairly sure that nobody wants Zappa harassing their furbaby. And as beautiful as he is, I doubt that anyone is going to be putting their hand up to take on his offspring (heck, he’s still a puppy himself).

I’ve heard that here in Melbourne’s Bayside, it’s mandatory to desex all newly registered cats. I’m not sure if the same applies to dogs, but it probably should. While I do believe it’s important for dogs to have opportunities to roam freely (my bro lives in the country, so Zappa does get plenty of that), it’s just not that viable in the city, where cars are the dominant species.

So, where’s the best Bayside pet surgery? Moorabbin must have one, surely. I want Zappa to have the operation in a way that’s as low-stress as possible, and performed by a highly experienced veterinarian. Pain relief and cuddles as required following the desexing procedure are a must.

Of course, I’ll have Zappa assessed by the vet first to check that a previously incomplete desexing is, in fact, the problem to be addressed. When I spoke to my brother about it earlier today, he said he was told Zappa had already been desexed when he adopted him from a friend of a friend. Going by what my neighbour had to say, though, it seems likely that the supposed previous desexing procedure either failed (for whatever reason) or was not carried out in the first place.