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There are some benefits to the procedure, however. If you do it early enough, the pig will not grow as large as an intact male. There also will be no sac to drag the ground, which pretty much eliminates the need to do anal sac cleanings -- "stuff" doesn't get dragged up inside them. A neutered pig can also live with either sex, which expands your options for living conditions.
Neutering does not, however, change personality nor does it curb desire for mating. They can still "do it" -- there just won't be any babies.
You do need to wait about a month after the procedure to place him with any females, as guinea pig sperm is some of the hardiest stuff on the planet and can stay viable inside the "duct work" for that long -- which means a recently neutered pig can still get a female pregnant until about a month has passed.
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Neutering is not as invasive as spaying a female. I think the biggest risk is usually reaction to the anesthesia. My guys have been up and at em within 24-48 hrs, and been mostly back to normal within 3 days. Again, I would only trust an experienced exotics vet who does the procedure with some frequency, but that goes for any surgery.
After reading all these comments plus many many posts we decided to try another male and see how it goes. The vet in our area is knowledgeable but not sure if she neutered pigs very often. If it doesn’t go well Spooky will have to be a lone pig in a neighboring cage.
Oddly enough right after I posted here another male kind of fell into our lap. He’s also two, has been vet checked and appears in good health, is it ok to do introductions now or do we still wait?
After a few days when they seemed calm and used to each other we took out the divider. They were good for a day and then had a huge fight and blood was drawn from both. Spooky got a cut above and below his eye, S’mores got a cut on his mouth and two on his back. (Both were minor) So we separated them.
We instead introduced S’mores to Halloween. After 5 minutes of mounting and rumble-strutting from S’mores he realized Halloween didn’t care who was boss and they were best buds. They were already in side by side cages so we moved S’mores into Halloween’s cage and no issues at all. I had wanted to keep Halloween separate cuz of his health issues but Spooky is just too much of a bully.
Spooky spends a lot of his day chewing his cage bars on their side trying to get to them, but that’s as close as he gets to be for now.
Mr. Bubbles is substantially larger and heavier than Scruffy and could inflict serious damage if he ever got ahold of him, so it's separate cages for both permanently. As I've said before, their cages are butted together so they can interact on a limited basis, but they can't get at each other. It works well. They eat, drink and play together through the wires all the time and are content with the arrangement.
You can leave your aggressive, unsociable one in his separate cage the same way I have to and as long as he can see, hear, smell and communicate in the guinea pig way with the other two, he shouldn't feel isolated or alone. You can also increase his lap and floor time to offset having to be in a cage by himself if he starts to feel depressed.
Bottom line is that you have to become his cage mate, so to speak.
Spooky has a house he sits on to watch the other two. Hoping when he’s older he’ll mellow out a little.