to have a bigger dog spayed than a smaller dog? I'm not complaining, because I know the prices here are a lot less than other places in the country. I'm really just curious. I've had all my dogs fixed at 6 months, expect for the ones that were shelter dogs and done at whatever age, etc. For my chihuahua it was 75.00 at 6 months, for my great dane (she is going in tomorrow) it's 135.00. I'm just curious because it seems like it would be harder to work on a small dog due to the size and therefore would be more expensive. Can someone explain this to me?
I know the shelters are less expensive, but I trust my vet. When I adopted my golden from the local shelter they left a sponge in him! It took my own vet to figure out what was wrong. Now, I don't go anywhere else and our county doesn't have a vet on staff, they just refer out anyway.
my vet charged 175.00 to neuter my pup he was 8 month old and weighed like 5 pounds if that i dont remember but i thought that very pricey. no wonder why tho alot of ppl cant afford to have thier dogs spayed and neutered.
Now daisy is going to be spayed next month which she is about 6 pounds and im wondering does it cost more to spay? or is it the same price? i didnt ask when we were at the vets, daisy has to go in tomororw for her boosters so i could ask then but since spaying is more dificult im assuming it costs more for a female?
I dnt know why they charge so much tho- seems like the cost would be much more affordable so more ppl would spay and neuter.
i was directed to a site that helps with the cost of spay and neuter for a friend of mine that couldnt aford to have her dog neutered but no vet in our area participates in those programs-
low income family cant afford this cost, why isnt it more affordable?
before i got my dogs i always thought that to have your dog fixed was like 50.00 -so i didnt understand why more ppl didnt have their dog fixed but now since i have my own pups i relize the price is alot higher and it does very vet to vet but mostly the 2 vets ive been to are about 20.00 differnce thats it. and paying 175.00 for bentley to be neutered that wanst any pain meds to come home or anything- they didnt give him any meds at all- he didnt have stiches he had the glue so we never had to go back to have stiches removed either.
so do they charge more for smaller dogs then large? i think i remember when i was geting a price quote on bentley they asked me how much he weighed and what breed. so im assuming that has something to do with it- now im really wondering im going to call my vet and ask how much to spay daisy-
wow gina that is pretty cheap. pretty much what everyone else said..... it takes more of everything with larger dogs, including time. it is much more time consuming to spay a large dog then it is a smaller one. i hope all goes well with her surgery and she recovers quickly !!
RILEY - i cannot even come up with enough charges off the top of my head that would equal a $1000 for a dog spay. unless your cousins dog has health issues and requires more expensive pre anesthestic screening such as EKG's and/or ultrasounds ? does your cousin have an itemized estimate in front of her of all the charges ? i'd be curious to see what she is being charged for. a lot of vets will charge for things like tech time, O.R. usage time, material costs, things like that. but even going by the costs of those charges i have seen other vets use, it still doesn't come close to 1000. in all honesty i would tell your cousin to go elsewhere. charges, as what i have listed, are just money making charges.
Up here the charges are based upon the size, age and weight of the dog, as well as the sex. I was recently quoted $145 for my Mom's Chihuahua, because she is 3 years old, not a puppy. Puppies are not as costly to spay.
However, cost should not prohibit anyone from spaying or neutrering their animals. Most vets or Animal Societys have a Cinderella Fund. It may not have the exact same name as this in your area, but check into it.
You would get an application and truthfully fill in the information that they request. They Cinderella Fund will pick up partial to all of the spaying or neutering costs, depending upon the income of the family and other criteria.
Cost is NOT a reason to not spay and neuter.
If a person uses the argument that it costs too much to spay and neuter, they should be thinking of the costs and heartache of raising unwanted puppies in the future.
Also, check with your vets. Our vets work with the Animal Society on another program every year. For approximately 2 months, at the beginning of the year, the Animal Society holds a Snip and Clip clinic. You apply to them and if accepted, you make an appointment at your vets and the only charge is $20 or $25 for a basic spay or neuter. If your dog requires extras, like more pain killers or whatever else would cause extra procedures (possibly hernias, ect.) then the owner is responsible for those costs.
We had our Pit Bull mix spayed using that program. The procedure was done by our own vet, whom I feel very comfortable with. Kesha recovered very nicely and is a much better dog for it. No worrying about heat cycles and especially no worries about puppies.
If people don't think what their vet is charging is fair, then they need to call around and see what the average prices are, they also may want to call vet sin different local cities. It may be worth an hour drive to save $100 or more.
Every one always knocks on 'bad breeders' there are just as many vets that are in it for the money NOT the animals. There is no reason for some of these vets to charge 2 to 10 times more for the same things as a vet 3 miles away.
Also look at some of these 'vet rating sites' and take the time to rate your vet experineces.
The last spay I had done was 2 months ago on a 4 year old boxer female that weighs 70 pounds. It did end up more than expected because she about died on the table and he needed to do some extra things. My total bill which included a very nice e-collar, extra pain meds and anti-biotics was $150.
Scout, no she has no health issues. I'm not sure if what they gave her was an estimate. But they also told her about the same price for her 2 pom's. Which is just insane. She's going to get the friends of animals spay certificates and find a vet that accepts them instead. Big difference between $90 and $1000 lol.
Well, if they aren't going to provide a Gucci leash, collar or carrying bag for my dog included, or at least dinner and a movie before hand, then I'd be looking for another reliable, well recommended vet.
Thanks for the replies. I understand that the meds and stuff are more. I guess I just didn't think of that. It just seemed to me it would be more difficult to work on a tiny dog than a big one, lol.
I'm sure she will be fine. I will let y'all know. I think the hardest part is going to be that she is used to eating at 5:00 am and she can't eat after 10:00 tonight. I don't think she will be very happy tomorrow.
by the way, I think 1000.00 with no health issues is absurd and I don't care where you live! Wow. I just can't get my mind around that one.
***Edited By: Gina on 12/26/2006 5:20:10 PM*** Reason: add
I'm a part time surgical tech and my best guess is the price of sutures. My vet's prices went up 25% on ear crops due to that factor alone. I know we have a problem with sutures disappearing from time to time and it's usually when we have a lot of agency nurses, who might jack them to score brownie buttons with another doctor......