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05-20-2014 03:22 PM
AddieGirl
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I wouldn't. Sorry, GSDs should have the bloodwork done, because they can have a clotting disorder, and you don't want them to find that out on the table.

That being said, shop around, find a good clinic with a good reputation, and a reasonable cost, and to Hades with the vet that is spearing you for a simple spay.

I do not like the idea of low-cost because of the lack of bloodwork/physical exam to ensure the dog is healthy, and because of the lack of follow up care if there is a problem, and because too many of them in our area, are staffed like a revolving door, and dogs may have a partial spay, complications, etc.

Of course, I don't spay/neuter unless there is a problem with those parts, and well, that would probably make the operation more of a concern anyway, and I wouldn't do it at a low-cost place for that reason as well.
So happy to read all the positive replies. Low-cost clinics may not offer bloodwork on site, but that does not mean that you are not allowed to have it done prior at a full service clinic. We do have clients who go for bloodwork and still come to us for surgery. We REQUIRE bloodwork on older patients. Every pet receives a pre-op exam and we always decline surgery to dogs or cats who are not healthy enough. We also re-check any of our patients at no charge. In the three years I have been here, I've seen 1 dog with a clotting disorder and it was a Golden Retriever. We gave her the meds to help (sorry, I don't recall what it was as I work in the office) and she survived. She actually stayed the night at our doctor's home as the owner could not afford hospitalization.
05-20-2014 07:00 AM
llombardo
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Originally Posted by selzer View Post
I wouldn't. Sorry, GSDs should have the bloodwork done, because they can have a clotting disorder, and you don't want them to find that out on the table.

That being said, shop around, find a good clinic with a good reputation, and a reasonable cost, and to Hades with the vet that is spearing you for a simple spay.

I do not like the idea of low-cost because of the lack of bloodwork/physical exam to ensure the dog is healthy, and because of the lack of follow up care if there is a problem, and because too many of them in our area, are staffed like a revolving door, and dogs may have a partial spay, complications, etc.

Of course, I don't spay/neuter unless there is a problem with those parts, and well, that would probably make the operation more of a concern anyway, and I wouldn't do it at a low-cost place for that reason as well.
I'm more interested in the blood work to make sure all organs are in good shape. The low cost clinic won't even do a dental on a dog over 6 without blood work. There isn't a lack of follow up care either. My golden had to go back in for a re check within a couple days. The low cost clinic vets are also one of the only vets in my area that not only offer but recommend 3 year shots and don't push shots that aren't needed.
05-20-2014 12:05 AM
MustLoveGSDs I am a vet tech and I utilize low cost clinics for common procedures and wellness stuff.
05-19-2014 11:57 PM
selzer
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Clotting disorders, of which I have never seen in a GSD won't show up on pre- anesthetic blood work. You may see low platelets. But that's it.

Before anesthetizing an animal, a vet us REQUIRED, to do a physical exam.


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I don't think I have every spayed or neutered a GSD or GSD mix without running a vWd test. We have always come up negative, but still, not something I want to find out with the dog on the table.
05-19-2014 11:54 PM
KayDub Wow I would have never thought of this costing so much in some places. Both vet hospitals near my area offer the whole nine yards so to speak when going in for spaying or neutering. It's $30 & $60 that isn't low cost either. The clinics offer more affordable deals for those with low income. My girls rabies vaccination is just $10. Don't feel bad about anything I think $800 is steep as well, even after reading what most others have paid in this thread.
05-19-2014 11:39 PM
gsdsar
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I wouldn't. Sorry, GSDs should have the bloodwork done, because they can have a clotting disorder, and you don't want them to find that out on the table.

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Clotting disorders, of which I have never seen in a GSD won't show up on pre- anesthetic blood work. You may see low platelets. But that's it.

Before anesthetizing an animal, a vet us REQUIRED, to do a physical exam.


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05-19-2014 11:32 PM
selzer I wouldn't. Sorry, GSDs should have the bloodwork done, because they can have a clotting disorder, and you don't want them to find that out on the table.

That being said, shop around, find a good clinic with a good reputation, and a reasonable cost, and to Hades with the vet that is spearing you for a simple spay.

I do not like the idea of low-cost because of the lack of bloodwork/physical exam to ensure the dog is healthy, and because of the lack of follow up care if there is a problem, and because too many of them in our area, are staffed like a revolving door, and dogs may have a partial spay, complications, etc.

Of course, I don't spay/neuter unless there is a problem with those parts, and well, that would probably make the operation more of a concern anyway, and I wouldn't do it at a low-cost place for that reason as well.
05-19-2014 11:19 PM
ZoeD1217 I really appreciate everyone's input and opinion. I feel so much better about finding something more affordable for us.

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05-19-2014 09:23 PM
Mikelia I have. I kind of feel like a traitor but the clinics are much cheaper.
I have had a female cat and female dog spayed at our local low cost spay neuter clinic and the vets did a wonderful job, the dog had the nicest spay incision I have ever seen. It was about half the price of our regular vet. It did not include pre-surgical screen blood work though.
I also take them to a country vet for vaccines. They have `basic procedure times` on Fridays where vaccines are $50. So when my guys are due for rabies, that's where we go.
I try to reason it by thinking that when I need to spend big bucks on the pets, my regular vet gets it. The basic stuff can go to the clinics.
05-19-2014 09:06 PM
AddieGirl I work at a non-profit, low cost spay neuter clinic. I had my own dog K-bar (cryptorchid) neutered at work and would do it again in a heartbeat. Our doctor is an experienced, fully licensed vet who works emergency on the weekends and for us four days a week. She has a passion for spay/neuter.

There are nasty rumors that spread about low-cost clinics, and unfortunately they can be perpetuated by other veterinarians who feel that their "business is being stolen" from them. The reality is that some people cannot afford high prices, therefore the pets go unaltered and/or without vaccinations.

I'd be happy to answer any questions about low/cost spay neuter.

The two biggest rumors that spread are that we use vet students (never had a student step foot in the door) and that we do not use anesthesia (we are not fond of chasing animals around trying to make incisions, lol so again, UNTRUE!) General anesthesia, full pain protocol and monitoring is done on every pet.

Our clinic is modeled after Humane Alliance (the mecca of spay/neuter in Ashville, NC). Below is a video entitled "Follow a patient". This is exactly what happens to your pet at our spay neuter clinic, even though the slideshow was produced at Humane Alliance and is not our staff or facility. The procedures are the same. Please watch!

http://vimeo.com/33547208


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