Ok. I called Scruff's vet today and asked about the price of neutering.
I was put on hold at least three times before someone was able to help me. I finally got someone to respond, and she asked me what I wanted. I told her that I was inquiring about the price of neutering a miniature schnauzer. Her next question was, "Is the dog male or female?"
WTF? Do female dogs get neutered? She then told me that it would be $150, that is if there were no complications. She said that it could be $200 more if complications came about.
Now, do you think that this place is competent to do the job, and is $150 minimum a fair price?
I'm getting worried.
***Edited By: yavin02 on 4/28/2005 1:28:55 AM*** Reason: sp
The reason they ask if it is a male of female is because people are often confusing the two words. I get people calling me all the time about a male I have for sale and asking me if it is spayed or if I require it to be spayed and vice versa.
They just covering their butte and make sure they quote you the right price.
HOPEFULLY it was simply the receptionist who was "confused"? Unless it was the vet, him/herself who asked the dumb question of the day, I would imagine you're safe there. Is this a new vet or one you've been to before? I had to know my vet before I'd allow for ANY surgery to take place. If you're not comfortable with him/her, then go with your instincts.
As for fees, it seems to vary widely from state to state. The local vets charge by size/weight/breed. Beau, 95#s cost me about $85.00, with the surgery and a week of antibiotics to stave off any opportunistic infections.
There are also the vets who will accept a reduced spay/neuter certificate.
I don't know what my vet charges because I've always gone through friends of animals for their certiticates. www.friendsofanimals.org Call your vet to ask if s/he takes freinds of animals certificates.
Go ahead and call around. That way you will feel better and won't have second guesses roaming around in your head giving you worries. It won't hurt anything, heck, you might even find a vet clinic that you LOVE in the process. Good luck!
I agree with the other posters...call around, however, I wouldn't NOT trust this vet because of the response the lady gave you....like someone else said, it's because people often get the 2 confused with male and female and she was probably just making sure you had the correct word with the correct sex.
And $150 is about the norm in my area..If not, then it's even higher here.
I'm paying over $300 for my puppy's spay tomorrow. I know I can get it done cheaper, but I trust my vet 100% and I couldn't imagine taking her anywhere else. It also includes an extra fee because they are using lasers to do the incisions. She's worth every cent!
If you have the blood tests and all that done too, that sounds about right. I would have the blood work done even though they don't require it. We almost learned the hard way. My baby schnayzer had just been to the vet a couple of weeks before and everything was okay, we thought. So, I didn't think the blood work was that important. They couldn't stop the bleeding and she almost bled to death of a condition we were unaware of and the blood work would have told us. Now I have everything done. Better safe than sorry. Just check him out and make sure he is a good vet if he is one you have not regularly used.
Perhaps you first had someone on the phone that was in training, People don't know who gets neutered and who gets a spay. Some people say I want to neuter my female, so its a good idea to ask. Also if the female has gone into heat already the price rises.
I live in South Dakota (so midwest) and a neuter at my vet is $150 and a spay is close to $250 (pain meds included in both). We recently placed a female puppy that want to a family in a suburb of New York City and her spay was $350. A neuter on one of our male pups that went to Seattle was $225. It depends on your area and your vet.
My BIG word of advice - don't just have your dog neutered at the cheapest available clinic!!! I have heard from people who went for the $50 neuter and got a dog with an infection (most likely from unsterile instruments) and it cost them an additonal $200-300 to clear up the infection and they also had a sick dog on their hands. Find a vet you trust with your baby's life and pay what they ask. A good vet is priceless - and you never find this out until you have an emergency that you need answered at 2 AM and you want to talk to someone you trust. We just had a breeding female have a stress reaction about 2 weeks into her litter (her body was stressed not her emotions - it was over compensating for her puppies and literally giving her milk all her nutrients. Even with supplements and good food she had complications) and had to rush her to the emergency room. The emergency vet wanted to do a spay right away to rule out the chance of pyometra. Our vet came down to the emergency clinic at 10 PM (she just had a baby 3 weeks earlier and still met us!) rediagnosed our dog, got her on antibiotics and meds, and a week later she was her perky normal self again. We got calls from our vet (in person - not a tech or receptionist) twice a day for over a week to check on our dog. I will say it again - a good vet is priceless. It's like picking a pediatrician for your kids - you wouldn't call around to every pediatrician in the area to see who was the cheapest - so why would you do that with you vet?
Visit with the vet in person, have him/her meet your dog and make sure they click, AND make sure you are happy with the vet. Visit with some of the technicians and make sure you are happy with them and that your dog is comfortable with them (they will interact with your dog as much as the vet will - when we spayed our deaf puppy one of the techs held her as she came out of the anesthesia just so she wouldn't get scared). Then make your decision. NEVER base your vet care soley on money (I know for those on a budget it is a factor!).
And I wouldn't be put off by the receptionist's response to your neuter question. Most folks don't know the difference and she was probably checking before she went any further. I get a lot of puppy families that think neuter is the word for both so I always check as well. :)
I took Scruff to my parents' vet yesterday and the people were really nice. They seemed to care about his health and not just get me "in and out". I'm honestly not sure how to tell which one will do a better job. This place is $20 cheaper than my original vet, but as you say money isn't the only factor.
The vet at this place is also very young, at least the one I saw yesterday. She looked to be in her early 20's. That sort of worries me since she may not have much experience. Her assistant seemed to know more than she did.