|08-28-2013 01:40 AM|
|Maximus0311||Thanks for the reply. He did actually provide an itemization. I will post it here when I get a chance. Perhaps some subject matter experts might be able to weigh in if they see anything that is unnecessary on the list. Thanks again.|
|08-27-2013 10:25 PM|
Hard to tell by the picture if he is skinny or not, but he looks pretty darn healthy to me! (and handsome!) But this really is a question for your vet. Every dog is an individual and grows at a different rate.
Neutered and rear dew claw removal for $450.00 sounds decent, also depending what they do..
The spay for my dog was $235.00, but it included many things including iv catheter, inhalant, etc. They did some blood work before hand as well, to be sure all was sound.
I also had a gastropexy done. Which was $215.00. So with everything together, including medications, microchip, and a few other things for the surgery, my bill was $700.00 for her spay/gastropexy.
When they gave you the estimate, did they have everything out in detail as to what the cost was for every individual thing? If not, ask for that. That is what my Vet does when they give an estimate.
Also it doesn't hurt to get estimates from other vets. Perhaps they are cheaper and do even more things for your dog to be safer and keep it more comfortable. Don't be afraid to check around!
|08-27-2013 09:44 PM|
Meet Maximus (Underweight?)
Meet Max. He just turned 4 months old and today he weighed in at 34 lbs. My research shows that is about 8lbs below the "average". How concerned should I be?
After doing some research, I am now more aware of the ingredients of commercial dog food, and thus will be transitioning him from Puppy Chow (main ingredient is corn grain) to Science Diet for Large Breed Puppies (main ingredient is Lamb). Starting today, I am mixing two cups of the Science Diet with one can of wet dog food that contains even more meats. I have read about raw diets, but am not sure I have a budget for that. I am also not convinced a raw diet is the best way to go. I am sure it has its merits, but I think it probably also takes a certain degree of expertise to do it right. Ultimately, price is the determining factor in the near term.
Max was also unfortunate enough to have been born with double rear dew claws and came from a breeder that did not take care of it when he was only a couple of days old (I am the third owner). He was purchased from the breeder at 8 weeks, spent 2 weeks with his first teenage owner, 4 weeks with his second teenage owner, and ultimately came into our lives via an internet ad and a $250 re-homing fee at age 14 weeks, and has been with us for just over three weeks now. Rest assured, he has found his final owner. I am still trying to get more information about his pedigree, but am not optimistic. We made a trip to the vet today to get his rabies shot (among others) and also received a quote of $450 to have him neutered and rear dew claws removed. That seems high to me...should I adjust my expectations on the cost of these procedures?
At any rate, I am new to the GSD breed and want to make sure Max is as healthy as he can be. I look forward to data mining all the information I can from this forum. Thank you in advance to anyone who sees fit to chime in as I update this thread with any questions or concerns that may arise with regard to Max's health and training.