Hello! I have a 12 week old rottie/mastiff mix who has been diagnosed with an inguinal hernia. The vet has recommended surgery asap and will neuter him at the same time as the surgery. I purchased a well puppy plan and the neuter is included at no cost as part of this plan..However, the hernia repair is not included and I've been told it will be an additional $500 to repair the hernia while he is being neutered. This seems like quite a bit to me, though I've never had a pet who needed surgery before. I've called around to other vet's, and they all say they would do the neuter and hernia repair at the same time, but would not do it at this young age unless the hernia is causing an emergency. I am aslo unable to get a price quote from anyone else unless they see the pup first.
Has anyone recently had a neuter and hernia repair done, if so what was the cost? I love my little guy to death and of course am going to have this fixed, I'm just concerned that maybe he is too young, and maybe the big chain vet hospital is raking me over the coals for the hernia repair since they aren't making any additional money on his neuter since I purchased the wellness plan. Thoughts?
I think they are taking advantage of you. My vet charges $10 extra to repair a hernia at the time of a spay or neuter. Try a vet who also does large animals or who is not in a large city, they usually seem to be much more reasonable. A hernia usually isn't a big deal, but your puppy should also be fine to get neutered at 12 weeks, many vets do it even younger.