I need to get Casper neutered soon. I went in to the vet's to make an appointment, and the receptionist told me that I'd have to drop him off Monday night, the vet would do the neuter Tuesday morning, and I could take him home Wednesday morning. I said I didn't want to leave him overnight, and she told me I could drop him off Tuesday morning instead as long as I made him fast after 8pm the day before (which is not a problem), but he'd still have to stay Tuesday night.
I told her that I didn't want to leave him at all, and she gave me this little speech about how it's "harder on you than it is on him" and "most people think their dogs will be upset, but they're fine." That's not my issue, though. I don't see the point in leaving him overnight when there's no one even there to watch him. Chances are he would just curl up and sleep, but if he did jump around in the cage and hurt himself, who would know? At least if I have him here, I can keep a close eye on him, keep him calm in his own crate, and watch his stitches for issues.
Anyway, I didn't make an appointment yet because I wasn't happy about that rule. I will talk to the vet directly and see if she'll let me take him home (she's looked after my animals since 1994 and knows how much I know about dogs and how good I am with mine -- she comments on it during every visit). For those of you who have gotten your dogs neutered, did you have to leave them overnight, or did you get to take them home the same day? Were there any issues, or any things you had to keep a close eye on?