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post #1 of 28 (permalink) Old 05-15-2009, 10:00 AM Thread Starter
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Xrays for prevention?

Hello All,

My vet mentioned that it would a good idea to take Xrays of Maya (4 months female) when she gets spayed in July (she will be 6 months then). He said it could help detect bones problems at an early age.

What do you think? The cost is $300 just for 2 Xrays ($100 per xrays plus $100 for specialist to review the xrays (I want that job!!).

Also, they mentioned a blood sample, which is $65 (optional).

If we go with everything listed above the bill will be about $800.

To spay only it will be $300.

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post #2 of 28 (permalink) Old 05-15-2009, 10:26 AM
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Re: Xrays for prevention?

Your vet is ripping you off with the "specialist eval".

Send the xrays to the OFA and for $35 they will eval both hips and elbows (or $30 for just hips).

http://www.offa.org/hdappbw.pdf
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Originally Posted By: Lauri & The GangYour vet is ripping you off with the "specialist eval".

Send the xrays to the OFA and for $35 they will eval both hips and elbows (or $30 for just hips).

http://www.offa.org/hdappbw.pdf
And not only on the x-rays!!!!! 300.00 for a spay?????
185.00 in our area when you go to a vet that isn't trying to rip you off..... and in Pasco the county even gives you 50.00 back after your pet is spayed or neutered!!!!

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post #4 of 28 (permalink) Old 05-15-2009, 11:17 AM
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Yeah, should be; Spay $200, Xrays - $30, Radiologist ? Can't remember other than the $35 ofa. I've had medved in Columbus ohio look at xrays, but I'd have to look for it.

Maybe you should find a new vet before the spay. Texas can't be that expensive.

Maybe you should go to the general forum and ask for referals from other Texas people in your area.

If you dog is generally healthy, you can skip the bloodwork.
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I phoned another vet in my area and they charge $165! That also includes1 night stay, bathing and stiches removal after 7 days.....I guess I need to swtich vets!
They also told me the Xrays are not that important at that age (6 months) since I won't even be breeding her and hips problems don't even become apparent until they are at least 3 years old.

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Another thing, when my (old) vet gives estimates on surgeries, they list a price range from minimum to maximum and all the options. Sometimes the options include Frontline, and microchips. Go figure. But the minimum price is around $150. Options add up and include, bloodwork, laser, head cone.
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It's not always true that hip problems don't become apparent until 2-3 years old. I had a dog that showed obvious signs and had problems getting up at 6/7 months old. X-rays at that time enabled me to decide if I wanted to have TPO done on his hips.
I'd say if you haven't seen like trouble getting up or severe limping that its true you don't need to have x-rays done at 6 months, but be vigilant in observing your dog.

PS - I had the TPO done on him and he lived to almost 15 without any further hip problems.

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Re: Xrays for prevention?

Let me ask? Is there something that might look right when your girl runs? Do you suspect something might be a miss with her hips?

When we bought our last GSD (Now living with my mom) she ran funny and was not out growing the "bunny hop" that GSD pups can sometimes display as pups. Because of this I had her Hips X -rayed at 6 months old and the vet said they did not look good and explained what he saw.

We had her X rayed again at 2 years old and sure enough she was real bad on 1 side but the other side was O.K we then had her re evaluated at 6 years old and her good hip was then her bad hip and her bad hip had no change.

Hexen is turning 11 years old on July 2 and she still can get around and does not show any signs of pain...

With my current GSD hella I saw right away the difference in her gait from Hexens. Wow what a difference in the way they run and move.
So no do not get her hips done yet unless you suspect something.

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I would even wait on the spaying if you can. Maybe after her second cycle or at least after she turns 1 year old.
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Re: Xrays for prevention?

She does do the "bunny hop" when she runs but she is only 4 months! Is that still normal?

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