Well, Ace went to the vet today for his rabies shot & the vet tech gave me an estimate on how much it would cost ($192) & she went over the procedure with me. Someone on the board told me to make sure I have him pre-tested against the anesthesia (or something like that) to make sure he is not allergic to it. They said it costed about $30 or so. Well, when I asked the vet tech about having that done for Ace she had no clue what I was talking about and said they didn't do that there, and she'd never heard of it. What should I do? I definately remember somebosy saying chihuahuas are not good with anesthesia and Id really like to make sure he's going to be okay. I feel like their not taking proper precautions to ensure Ace will be okay under anesthesia. If this was your dog what would you do?
Thanks for the reply. I think I am going to look around, I just wish I actually KNEW the vet who'd be doing the procedure. Ace goes to an animal hospital so there are lots of vets there. Out of the 4 times I've taken him there, he's had 3 different doctors. Makes me nervous.
I would make an appointment with the vet. Even if that meant paying the office visit fee. Decuse all the issues you have and ask them what their procedure is. You have that right just like you would if it was you going in for surgury. I haven't heard of the pre surgacel (sp) work to be for antisticia (sp) as more for checking kiddney's and liver functions out. I could be wrong, but usually the thing that people say for chi's and small dogs is that you have them use a certain type of anatisticia (sp). I don't remember what it is though. I'm sure someone will let you know. I would talk to the vet though and not the tech. Tech's are Ok just like nurses, but for surgical things I want to talk to my doctor who is doing the procuder. Not (no offence to the techs or nurses that are on here) their assistant.
Yeah, the tech told me about the blood test for the liver and kidneys, they do that. But I believe it was Minniyar (Im sorry if Im wrong!) who told me about the anesthesia test. I will definately talk to the vet before this is done & hopefully will feel better about it =-)
Well you can ask them who will be doing the surgury. I know my vet office back home has three doctors one mostly does horses away from the clinic. Anyway they have one that does the dogs and one that does the cats. Looking for a diffrent vet might by a good idea though. I would still have a one on one visit with them though so you can meet them before you leave your precious joy with them. Over the phone is good for a start, but you are only dealing with the reseptionist (sp) then and not the doctor.
Just my two cents here, but that seems awfully expensive anyway. Of course, it may very well depend on where you live. I just paid $45.00 to have my pug fixed, including the boarding overnight and removal of the staples. Just a thought, while you're shopping around...more expensive isn't always better. It's good that you know about the testing. When my chi is old enough to be spayed, I will certainly ask about that too. I remember reading about it in an earlier post.
the pre op bloodwork is to check to make sure his liver and kidneys are functioning properly. these are the 2 organs that filter the anesthesia thru the animals body. there is no way to test an animal for an allergic reaction to the anesthesia. there are many more drugs out there nowadays that are much safer than the anesthetics of even just a decade ago. the safest are the inhalant anesthetics like isoflouran and seveflo. seveflo actually is even safer than iso. it is out of their system faster than the iso. me personally if i were to prepare him for surgery i would give him an injection of butorphanol which is an analgesic with some sedative properties and mask him down with the seveflo. he would be awake from the anesthesia within a few minutes but would still have the benefits of the pain meds/ dopey effect.
Aceyface I'm sorry I gave you incorrect information on what's done during pre-anesthetic testing, regarding testing for reactions to the drugs used. Scout is right (since she works for a vet's office she would know far better than I would!) I've heard that the drug isoflourane is the one that chihuahua breeders prefer to be used, it apparently has the lowest incidence of bad reaction. I do think it's better to do it than to not do it.
I don't know where you live, but that does seem like a lot to have a Chihuahua fixed. When I got Oscar neutured it cost me $150 and it was that high because he weighed 160 pounds. When my lab was fixed it cost only $80. Just wondering why its so expensive for you. I don't mean to butt in or anything.
Actually I forgot to comment on the price as well. It cost me $220 to have my 90 lb akita spayed. I can't imagine why it would cost a chihuahua that much when it's usually done by weight. The only thing I can figure is that because the dog is so small there is more risk.
Thanks for everyone's advice! I am going to look around for a better price & I am also going to look into the vet Abby goes to. I don't know why the price is so high? I live in Chicago, but the place I take Ace is near my school in DeKalb. I e-mailed you, Minervasmother, so maybe you can help me out with good places you know of in Chicago. =-) Here is the list of prices I got from the vet, in case anyone cares...lol pre-anesthetic medication: 10.65 pre-anesthetic blood work: 46.40 Wellness Exam: free intraop cath/fluids: 20.60 anesthesia ketamine/val (per cc): 8.50 injection cefazolin (per cc): 16.00 anesthesia sevo (per hr): 95.50 surgical prep: 31.95 surgical pack fee: 20.75 suture material: 55.65 nail trim: free pulse oximetry monitoring: 11.30 hospital care (daytime): 16.45 castration-canine: 224.55 torbugesic injection: 5.40 rimadyl: 22.90, but they give it to him 14 times, so its actually 22.90 times 14 pet population countrol dicount: (-382.00) that was a lot of typing. but thats what they charge i guess. the shelter near my house is only $30....I dont know if would be done as well as if it were done at a hospital...i just want him to be okay.
I would check out the shelter. Give them the 3rd degree and see how you feel about it. If everything is up to par it would save you a lot of money, and if you don't feel comfortable with it, just don't go there. Nothing to lose. The shelters hire vetrinarians, I guess it would be like getting a second opinion from a Dr.
My vet would have charged me about $250.00 and that includes a nights stay and they don't go home until they are up , alert and awake. In my case though I was looking for more affordability, so I took her to a spay neuter clinic, I beleive they charged me $65.00, but as soon as she was slightly awake was when I was called to pick her up. It was kind of scarey having her at home coming out of the anesthia at home, she was not completey herself. Had she had complications it could ahve been bad. But she was fine. So the extra moneys go for the care of the dog too. I jst may go the more expensive route next time. Oh also, not all vet techs are good. I once got this vet tech that every time I asked her a question, she could not answer anything. Her answer was always, I would talk to the vet! She was rediculous. its fine to bring your dog into the vet for just its annual injections, but don't bother trying to get info from them.