|09-05-2013 04:32 PM|
|jmoney||Wow that is crazy, I have never seen prices like that for such a simple procedure down here in the south, it might be that there are more vets out in the country. Our vet in the city is a bit pricey, but we only go there for the 1x year check ups.|
|09-05-2013 04:22 PM|
Jmoney, I live in the Philadelphia area and I have to say that $700 for a spay for a big dog doesn't sound that unusual. About 6 years ago I had an 85 lb foster dog nuetered and most of the vets I called were quoting me $400 to $500. I had to really hunt (and really drive) to find a vet that charged under $250. Considering it has been 6 years, I wouldn't be surprised at all to get a quote of $700 for a spay.
And to answer the op, I really can't tell you what to do. It depends on the what you think of the vet at the shelter. They could be a wonderful vet, they could be not so wonderful. But the same holds true for any of the priivate vets you called. You really have to look into it on your own. So I guess my answer is that I would not eliminate the possibility of going to the shelter but I would have tomlook into it. I actually like the cheaper vet that I found for my foster dog better than any of the other vets I have found. He is very easy to talk to and very knowledgible. I now use him as my vet despite the long drive.
|09-05-2013 04:04 PM|
|09-05-2013 02:25 PM|
Safe to Spay at Shelter
My shepherd, Kida, is getting near the age I'd like to have her spayed, and, maybe I was completely clueless, but I'm shocked at the prices I'm seeing for the procedure. The average cost is around $700+ (and that's excluding the removal of her umbilical hernia we would like removed at the same time). Our last rescue, Coco, was spayed at the shelter we adopted her from and they did a great job. Our dog, Marty, was neutered as well by the same shelter.
I know our shelter offers the spaying procedure for much, much less, but I've always been nervous about them spaying vs. neutering because its a much more in-depth procedure. But honestly, at what other places are asking, it might have to be considered as an option. Has anyone had any experience using shelter spaying services? We are located in Santa Cruz, CA if it makes any difference.