lambelly, I just joined paw-talk & look forward to hearing from everyone. To fix or not to fix? I have mixed feelings on this topic. My first pd was a male. When Beefcake was a baby I took the book Prairie Dog Pets by Pat Storer to a vet in Amarillo, Tx.who claimed to have experience with pds. There is a section specifically for vets(by Jim Gleason DVM& Phillip Thiac DVM) She apparently didn'teven look at it. We absolutely beleive this local vet used this an opportunity to do exploratory surgery on an animal she had no clue how to treat, even though she had the info. right in front of her. I had a hysterectomy after the birth of my son. I swearBeefcake's incision was almost as large as mine. She cut him from stem to stern. He couldn't lay down, or get any real rest for weeks. I have never felt so low in my life. Neadless to say I was very sceptical about having another one fixed. When I caught my next male, I talked to Linda Watson about Dr. Gleason. Linda said when he neuters them, you would be hard pressed to be able to insert a pencil lead into it. I wound up taking Norman & Teddy all the way to Levelland, Tx. for their surgery. Norman slept, & Teddy did that packing thing they do on the way home! I wish I had felt that good after my surgery! I don't beleive Beefcakes vet even found the testicles. He certainly didn't act like he was fixed. He was always tempermental, especially during winter. If my husband or son walked into the room Beefcake would cling to the side of the cage & chatter. If they tried to pet him on the wrong day, they were subject to pulling back a bloody nub. We adopted an adult male(not neutered) who had been abused by a man,if you want to call him that. We were afraid Cricket being full grown already, when we got him would be agressive towards men. He got a little testy once or twice but has been an angel most of the time. When he gets to run loose, guess who's lap he crawls into? My husband's. We also have 4 females(not fixed) none of which get agressive.