I have a 6 month old I am getting neutered. He is less than 10 lbs. My own vet wants $357.00 for an overnight with catheterization, pain meds, antibiotics, and constant monitoring. ALong with isoflourine anestetic ( this is what they say makes it more expensive) for its ability to wake them up instantly. I bout fell off my chair at that cost so I called 6 other area vets. The most expensive of which is $254.00 and least being $125.00 - then of course there are always the spay/neuter programs for 55$ , but I am able to pay for great care - why not get it , right?
When I called my vet to ask why it costs so much more, the lady seemed quite upset that I would question their methods, scoffed at me for wanting less than excellence in care for my pet and said she would have the doctor call me to explain to me why I was making a poor choice to go somewhere else.
Ok , so of the other vets I called, one even offers a laser procedure with the same anestetic etc etc for only $222.00
I think my vet is trying to take me for a ride - what do you think???? What would you do?? Thanks
i work for a vet and i think it is ludicrous for them to be charging you 357.00 for a dog neuter. at our facility we accept low cost spay and neuter certificates yet we do not do anything different protocol wise for those that use them VS people who pay our regular fee. the same anesthetics, antibiotics, etc. are used. however, i do not know if other places are the same.
vet prices in general vary from region to region, and county to county in most states. higher prices are not often indicative of better care though. its not necessarily a "get what you pay for" type of thing.
i live on the east coast and even in my state i have seen prices from other vets who have charged similiar fees to those that your vet quoted you. its insane but you have to decide whether or not you would feel comfortable allowing a vet you do not know perform the surgery. for me, trust in my vet comes before price and more so if i had a tiny breed that may be a higher anesthetic risk. get some referrals from friends and neighbors. if you get good references about the other vets than you may decide you want to switch.
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If they use the exact same procedure go to the cheaper vet. Or you could ask your vet to meet that price. My vet charged 130 for the blood panel.... 200 for the spay neuter.... 100 for his shots to be brought up to date since they all "expire" next month. I dont know what else they charged me for... but in the end I paid 474. Then I also had to buy some medicine for him which was not much. I guess it all depends on what they include. Like someone said earlier... it also varies from region to region due to cost of living fluctuation. I would expect 350 to be a minimum in California where a small condo can go for half a mil. I know my vet would not work me over for money. He told me the blood panel was optional. And I could have waited for the shots. But I wanted to do all I could for my Cujo. My vet has taken care of us too. Once when we were worried about Gizmo and her heart.... he did an ekg for free for us... did not even charge us an office visit that time. He has given her medicine for free when she was ill from eating too much Frosty Paws. He gave both me and my mom 2 months of interceptor and frontline for free when we first brought the puppies in. So even if the neuter had been overpriced... I more than made up for it at other times when I didnt have to pay for stuff. My vet will never be rich. His main concern is to make sure his patients are healthy and happy. I love my vet. He will even fuss at you if you are being an idiot. I like his bedside manner because he will not always use the PC words. Not that that makes him better... but he is not afraid to tell you EXACTLY what he thinks. I brought him in a bill once from a different vet and he said... I really need to go up on my prices. :)
Honestly, I think you have a right to know what exactly they will do... what they provide... and question why they charge so much if they are charging you so much more than a place that uses the same procedure but costs less.
My local vet charges $65 for a neuter and with the low cost certificate for those who qualify $30. I just had a male done for the $65 fee and he has recoverd quickly with no problems. It is much easier on a male.
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He gave both me and my mom 2 months of interceptor and frontline for free when we first brought the puppies in.
it sounds like you have a great vet who does not rake people over the coals in expenses. however, the companies that make interceptor and frontline offer free samples to all new puppies. so in that particular instance, your vet didnt do anything extraordinary just for you.
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I paid 225.00 to have Bentley neutered and hes like 7 pounds and didnt stay over night and the only pain meds they gave him where the ones i guess they give in a IV while he is under- I thought when they say includes pain meds they would send home meds but didnt. Now Its Daisys turn and i was quoated 250.00 shes about 15-17 pounds also they dont keep her over night of coarse the pain meds which they really dont send anythng home they say the pain meds last the rest of the day and your dog should be fine after that.
Why do some vets keep dogs over night and other vets dont? I really think tho that more ppl would spay and neuter their pets if the cost wasnt so high. I about fell over when they told me the price when i had Bentley neutered. And now Daisy? why more for a female? i read that having a female spayed is more complicated surgery so this is why they cost more. There are NO vets in my whole area that take the certificate for low spay and neuter plans. Cost really isnt a issue but i just dont know why its so much and yet ppl wonder why there are so many unaltered dogs running around. I know if i didnt have the money i wouldnt beable to have my dogs altered. Which i feel this is why tho there are so many unwanted liters and so many pups in shelters. Why do vets charge so much anyways? doesnt it seem tho that they would give a decent rate so all ppl could afford to have their dogs altered?? WE have no clinics around here that are cheaper or help with the cost. I did call around gosh months and months ago for my mom and also checked into the certificate for low cost spay and nueter and not one vet in my area accepted that.
Some vets keep the dog overnight and some dont... but here's what most people don't know. Even vets that keep the animals overnight, most of the time they do not have night staff on duty, so your pet is left completely unsupervised for most of the night.... compare this to the care of the dog that goes home the same day of the procedure, is with family who keep an eye on the dog that night, to make sure that nothing goes wrong.
$357 sounds crazy expensive to me, I'd request a written list of the price breakdown before I got it done there.
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Wow that does sound nuts to me. My vet charged 130 some bucks for a spay with Blaze. The rest where all done at the shelter. Blaze also had gas and was taken home in the same day.
I know of a clinic in Hawk Spring WY that charges less then 40 dollars to have it done. They have done over 1000 pets and never lost a one. So to me 357.00 sounds like the vet needs a new car. ha I would like to say you get what you pay for but I know better in this case.
Minniyar, my thoughts exactly. None of the vets where I live have overnite staff but the ones who do gas want to keep my Italian Greyhound over night when he has dentals and stuff. What good does it do to keep them over nite if nobody is watching them. Tater sleeps by my side so I will know much sooner if something is wrong rather than to have it go unchecked in a clinic with nobody around to notice. If something went wrong over night at the clinic they wouldnt find it until the next morning which could be too late. They know me at the clinic and know my dog has terrible seperation anxiety and fear of being alone so they let me take him home at the end of business hours. One of their vet techs is also my best friend with keys to the clinic.
It is ridiculous for a dog to stay overnight for neutering unless a problem develops that indicates the need to stay. I think that your vet is taking you for a ride...especially considering the response you received when you called and asked for an explanation. My vet would never behave that way if I asked him for an explanation of cost of treatment. I didn't pay that much when I had my Pomeranian spayed. I would go to another vet who has a better attitude toward his client's quaetions. Of course your dog should get the best treatment, pain meds and good anesthetic, etc., but I would not continue with a vet who becomes consternated when you ask for an explanation of his charges.
I think my vet is trying to take me for a ride - what do you think???? What would you do??
well, there you go.
the reason he charges more is because enough people are willing to pay more to make it worth while for him. It is as simple as that.
If more people were like you and challenged and questioned his pricing, and shopped around for cheaper vets, he would have had to adjust his prices to stay in business.
Personally, if it was me, I would have taken him to my local shelter to be neutered there for $10 (Ten Dollars). But that is just me. those vets over there are doing so many of those procedures everyday, they can do it in their sleep. You can't get experience like that for any price.
I just had 20 of them done there. No problems what so ever.
If I seem to have a superiority complex, it is because you make it so easy.
I never heard of vets keeping dogs over night unless the dog needed special care and a ER vet on duty. I guess I'm clueless on this topic since I take me dogs to a 24 hour vet clinic. The last time I had my Italian Greyhounds teeth cleaned (Feb. 07) I got $25 gift card because they kept my dog waiting around all day and I was very unhappy that they didn't reschedule him if they had emergency surgeries (I understand they should come first, but we could come back on another day). I thought they stressed and starved my little dog who already has a fear of the vet's office (we had been working on making the vet's office less stressful for several years and then we hit a set back). Besides the gift card we got a note telling us how sorry they were and it should never have happened and they will make changes.
One unspayed dog and her offspring can lead to 67,000 dogs in six years. One unspayed cat and her offspring can produce 420,000 cats in seven years. Approximately 70,000 puppies and kittens are born in the United States each day. Some of them are born to breeders who sell animals for a profit, some are born to people who want their cat or dog to have the “experience” of having a litter or who want their children to witness the “miracle of life,” and some result from allowing fertile animals to roam freely and mate.