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Old 04-15-2010, 09:31 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I've had quotes all over the place from 117-570. I don't really know who to go w/ at this point. It's not all about the money, some tiems I think they add more on there just because they can. I wasn't all that happy w/ the vet I went too last wk, and I don't think we're gonna go back. They are not the same place they were years ago where we got both old girls fixed.


Has anyone ever used a Spay and Neuter clinic? Here is the major site, I would be using the Pittsburgh branch, Page 1 Are they any good? Are the so low in price because that's all they do or are the butchers? The one around here has like 5* rating, but ... would I risk my dogs life going there? Yes, I like the cost, but I love my dog more.

We need to decide quick, she's 6 mos now.
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usually they are so low because they are funded through govt programs and/or donations. Some also have vets who volunteer their time/services to keep the cost down.
I've never used that one, but have used a spay/neuter clinic once before. had 0 problems.

When we just spayed Freya, it was $135. That included the cone and pain meds. It really varies by clinic and you have to ask what EXACTLY is included in the base price. If you want them to do pre-op blood work, that is usually extra. I don't think most low-cost clinics do that, so if it's something you really want done, you might have to go elsewhere.
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yeah, the others wanted pre bloodwork, EKG, all kinds of stuff, cones, which I thought they used to just give you? Pain meds before and after, antibiotics, anastetic, thought that one would be included also?


I think I read on here that you can use a floaty from a pool? Is that true?

I just want what's best for her and I don't necessarily think that spending top dollar is always the way to go sometimes. Just dont' want to take her to a chop shop.
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Close to us we have the Humane Society and Wayside Waifs. Both are funded by donations and Govt. programs and are low cost. In my opinion, the vets in those places are just a qualified to do that procedure as the expensive ones. I have used them myself for other pets (am not getting Prince fixed) I also have freinds and family that have used them and have never once heard of a problem.
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Ok, thanks. I'd think they'd be almost more experienced, wouldn't you think they do more of them?
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That would make sense. Plus they have a lot of volunteers helping, where the expensive places are paying help and have all the bells and whistles to pay for, probably a lot of advertising too. Resulting in a higher cost
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Ok, that' makes me feel soooo much better about this. *dances happily*
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I had my vet give me an estimate for getting Nikki spayed and it was around $560. That was for a 75lb dog, she won't get spayed until she is a little older.

I can't find the print out right now so I can't tell what all it includes but I know that pain medicine wasn't part of the quote.

I have never used a low cost clinic so can't help you there.

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yeah, the others wanted pre bloodwork, EKG, all kinds of stuff, cones, which I thought they used to just give you? Pain meds before and after, antibiotics, anastetic, thought that one would be included also?
Not sure how if I am understanding this right but you expect to receive all these services for free? Pre-bloodwork is important to make sure there aren't any underlying conditions before your dog goes under anesthesia. But you can choose not to have it done, you can also decline pain medications but I wouldn't want my dog in pain after major surgery.

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No, I don't expect it to be free.. kinda thought it was all included, you know.. if you cut a dog open, you have to put it to sleep first... should be together. And no, I would't skip the pain meds either.
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I had my Golden neutered at our local Humane Society. I had to wait a bit as there was a long waiting list - but it was a fraction of what my vet was going to charge. My vet understood, and we didn't have any problems. Everything went well.

Well, I suppose if you were to ask my Golden, he would disagree.
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