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  • Has the Veterinarian business gone crazy??

    I just called three different, local, vet clinics here in NE Tx. to get a price on spaying the little kitten who was THROWN out at the end of our 400 foot driveway 4 months ago. The first quote for a kitten spay was $293.00!!! And the others weren't much cheaper!! No wonder there are so many unwanted cats and dogs in the country!! Last two I had done in Ok. were $45.00!!
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    I understand that they need to make money, but IMO ALL vets should have to participate in low cost spay and neuters to help the population. Here it is $45 for spay and rabies
    I\'m not crazy. I\'m just a little unwell.

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    • #3
      Check around and look for low cost spay/neuter clinic in your area. Most areas have one now or know of vets that participate. My county shelter now does all incoming strays once their holding time is up. Call your county shelter.
      "There is no fundamental difference between man and animals in their ability to feel pleasure and pain, happiness, and misery." - Charles Darwin

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      • #4
        Around here, some of the veterinarians have arrangements with the cat rescues so that they will spay/neuter cats for the rescues at a reduced rate. I assume the practice gets to deduct some of the write-off as a donation.

        If you call the cat rescues, they may get your kitten spayed for you at the reduced rate and you can reimburse the rescue. They will almost certainly want you to keep or take responsibility for rehoming the kitten though (LOL)!

        Don't know if this is true in other parts of the country but a nice option here.

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        • #5
          Three hundred for a spay sounds pretty good, actually, for a non subsidized clinic :-/

          It's easy to forget that spaying is abdominal surgery and kind of a big deal. Pre op bloodwork, anesthesia, monitoring, and post op pain meds are expensive.

          Your local low cost clinic gets grants and donations to make it cheaper, plus they don't do bloodwork. They usually use injectible anesthetic only, and don't monitor. Their loss rate is higher because of that.

          I 100% get where you're coming from, and have taken two litters in the last couple years that have shown up in a friends barn. They were all fixed at a low cost clinic. I don't begrudge the guys who are offering a lot more service for a lot more cost, though.

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          • #6
            That does seem like a lot - my vet did mine for about $120, I think it was - but then again, I took in several at a time, and I think I got a discount.

            There should be some low-cost spay/neuter clinics somewhere nearby. The trick with those is that you usually take the kitten home the same day. Contact your local humane society to see if they have one coming up.

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            • #7
              I would take the $300! Thats a good deal! I was quoted by several clinics around me and they were all around $800 (which is the norm for Ontario clinics). I begged them all for a discount as she was a rescue and is an outdoor barn cat, but no one would change their price.

              I was able to get it done at my local SPCA for just over $100 but there was a 6 month waiting list. I called them a few month in though as I thought she might be pregnant (outdoor barn cat) and they called me right away and had her spayed the next day. Turns out she was just getting fat and put the weight on all in her belly!

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Sobriska View Post
                I understand that they need to make money, but IMO ALL vets should have to participate in low cost spay and neuters to help the population. Here it is $45 for spay and rabies
                Well how exactly do you think they would cover the costs? It's not like they aren't real costs....staff time, supplies, drugs, etc. They would have to just increase their costs elsewhere.

                A low cost clinic is typically subsidized.by donations or tax dollars. My vet clinic is not.

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                • #9
                  A regular vet clinic doesn’t receive any subsidies like a low cost clinic does, and the equipment and staffing is expensive.
                  I trap and have a lot of feral cats fixed at the low cost clinic. It varies depending on the clinic, and never includes bloodwork, monitoring, etc.
                  If I had a pet cat in my home, I’d go to a vet I had a relationship with and have the surgery. It depends on your risk tolerance. It’s a huge surgery for females of any species to have, and the veterinary standard of care is high.

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                  • #10
                    Coming from an ex tech... that’s not a bad price at all. We have to put your kitten under with a certain type of drug that actually puts them to sleep, unlike males where it’s more like a mild sedative and pain reliever. This means we are taking heart rate, temperature, shaving the area and actually cutting open the abdomen.

                    That means we have to surgically prep the patient and vet, we have to bring out a fully wrapped and sterilized surgical kit and then be extremely careful that your kitten wakes up properly and is kept warm throughout the procedure. She will then be injected with anti-inflammatories and a pain reliever.... but yes let’s be upset that vets are going by protocol and making sure our animal gets proper care.

                    Why should that vet spend HUNDREDS of dollars on your cat, yet only charge you a small fee because you decided to rescue it and then spay? Would it be better if you bought the cat? If yes, then consider the spay as a means of purchasing your kitten.
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                    • #11
                      Dear lord, that's outrageous. Last cat my daughter had spayed was around $100. That was at a regular vet, not a low cost clinic. Plus she was a special needs cat that's paralyzed in her rear legs. She had one neutered at the same clinic for $65. My bluetick rescue recently had a tumor removed from her chest. Surgery, including bloodwork and an iv during surgery was around $250.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by DiamondJubilee View Post
                        I would take the $300! Thats a good deal! I was quoted by several clinics around me and they were all around $800 (which is the norm for Ontario clinics). I begged them all for a discount as she was a rescue and is an outdoor barn cat, but no one would change their price.

                        I was able to get it done at my local SPCA for just over $100 but there was a 6 month waiting list. I called them a few month in though as I thought she might be pregnant (outdoor barn cat) and they called me right away and had her spayed the next day. Turns out she was just getting fat and put the weight on all in her belly!
                        Not sure where you are in Ontario but there are many low cost spay/neuter clinics all over Ontario, you just have to find them and catch them when they're doing it.

                        My Hamilton, Ontario vet did the Kittens With Mittens in his office for $140 for both of them, that included bloodwork and pain medication. This vet also has a low cost spay/neuter clinic twice a year on a weekend where he has other vets donate their time to help with the 100's of incoming cats. He charges $45 for neuter and $65 for spay at this bi-yearly clinic, which basically covers the anesthesia and pain meds. The building(s) he uses are donated with free rent because they and these kind vets realize the large number of unwanted pregnancies and abandoned cats they are preventing and that is more important to them than charging the outlandish fees to kind hearted, low income people that are a large part of keeping the number of unwanted cats down.
                        Mean Girls grow up to be Mean Women

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                        • #13
                          $300 seems more than fair to me? Esp for a spay. There is a low cost clinic near here that I think does them at $100ish but I'd rather pay the extra for my regular vet to do it.
                          Wouldst thou like the taste of butter and pretty dress? Wouldst thou like to live deliciously?

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                          • #14
                            [QUOTE=CanadianTrotter;n10529861]

                            Not sure where you are in Ontario but there are many low cost spay/neuter clinics all over Ontario, you just have to find them and catch them when they're doing it.

                            I'm in the Newmarket/Aurora area and I called about 4 different clinics all around the same price. They didn't hold any low cost spay/neuter operations, but of course the Newmarket SPCA does. I was able to get my 3 cats scheduled in for spay and neuters and microchips and rabies shots for about $100 a cat. It was totally worth it but they have such a long waitlist!!

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by cedarlake View Post
                              Coming from an ex tech... that’s not a bad price at all. We have to put your kitten under with a certain type of drug that actually puts them to sleep, unlike males where it’s more like a mild sedative and pain reliever. This means we are taking heart rate, temperature, shaving the area and actually cutting open the abdomen.

                              That means we have to surgically prep the patient and vet, we have to bring out a fully wrapped and sterilized surgical kit and then be extremely careful that your kitten wakes up properly and is kept warm throughout the procedure. She will then be injected with anti-inflammatories and a pain reliever.... but yes let’s be upset that vets are going by protocol and making sure our animal gets proper care.

                              Why should that vet spend HUNDREDS of dollars on your cat, yet only charge you a small fee because you decided to rescue it and then spay? Would it be better if you bought the cat? If yes, then consider the spay as a means of purchasing your kitten.
                              I've had several vets give me the breakdown of their costs for anesthesia and pain meds, it's a mere fraction compared to what they charge the customer.

                              I understand that vets need to pay for their overhead and employees but they have chosen the high rent buildings and sometimes excessive staff. It rubs me the wrong way when I see vets zooming around in their sports cars, going home to their expensive houses and going on expensive vacations when cats are multiplying and dying on the streets.

                              Thankfully there are vets that take part in low funded clinics or offer low cost program in their clinics for low income owners and for rescue programs.

                              Mean Girls grow up to be Mean Women

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                              • #16
                                [QUOTE=DiamondJubilee;n10529867]
                                Originally posted by CanadianTrotter View Post

                                Not sure where you are in Ontario but there are many low cost spay/neuter clinics all over Ontario, you just have to find them and catch them when they're doing it.

                                I'm in the Newmarket/Aurora area and I called about 4 different clinics all around the same price. They didn't hold any low cost spay/neuter operations, but of course the Newmarket SPCA does. I was able to get my 3 cats scheduled in for spay and neuters and microchips and rabies shots for about $100 a cat. It was totally worth it but they have such a long waitlist!!
                                Availability of these clinics and special funding can be hard to find depending where you live. The prices you paid are very good and definitely worth the wait. Even in most of the adoption programs it will cost around $180 to adopt a cat and that price includes the spay/neuter and any other costs the cat incurred before landing softly in their adoptive home.
                                Mean Girls grow up to be Mean Women

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                                • #17
                                  Originally posted by CanadianTrotter View Post

                                  I've had several vets give me the breakdown of their costs for anesthesia and pain meds, it's a mere fraction compared to what they charge the customer.

                                  I understand that vets need to pay for their overhead and employees but they have chosen the high rent buildings and sometimes excessive staff. It rubs me the wrong way when I see vets zooming around in their sports cars, going home to their expensive houses and going on expensive vacations when cats are multiplying and dying on the streets.

                                  Thankfully there are vets that take part in low funded clinics or offer low cost program in their clinics for low income owners and for rescue programs.
                                  Not sure where you live but none of the vets I worked for had nice cars.... at all. They worked 7 days a week and 1 vet had to call in because her car died and the other truck was for her husband. Where I worked the overhead wasn’t great and the vets always tried to cut someone a deal if they couldn’t afford it.

                                  my vets also did not have nice homes, one lived in a trailer, and they NEVER got to leave for vacation. What rubs me the wrong way is someone who paints all vets with a broad brush and not even thinking that most vets are not only struggling financially, but mentally as well because people think they are money hungry.
                                  Ride with seat and a little less hand, doesn’t matter if you’re jumping a fence or chasing a can🛢

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                                  • #18
                                    That's a great price for complicated surgery that requires sedation, observation during surgery and recovery, all the supplies involved, and likely pain meds at discharge... not to mention the peace of mind knowing your own vet did it, and will deal with any complications that might arise with full understanding of the procedure done because s/he did said procedure.

                                    Vet business hasn't gone crazy, it's trying to stay afloat, and profitable so they can exist for those times you need them most.
                                    It's gotten harder these days with people buying meds and supplies online among other things.
                                    Yo/Yousolong April 23rd, 1985- April 15th, 2014

                                    http://notesfromadogwalker.com/2012/...m-a-sanctuary/

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                                    • #19
                                      Originally posted by cedarlake View Post

                                      Not sure where you live but none of the vets I worked for had nice cars.... at all. They worked 7 days a week and 1 vet had to call in because her car died and the other truck was for her husband. Where I worked the overhead wasn’t great and the vets always tried to cut someone a deal if they couldn’t afford it.

                                      my vets also did not have nice homes, one lived in a trailer, and they NEVER got to leave for vacation. What rubs me the wrong way is someone who paints all vets with a broad brush and not even thinking that most vets are not only struggling financially, but mentally as well because people think they are money hungry.
                                      Agree. This is a relationship you are developing between yourself, the vet, and your pets. When things go south, as they tend to do, you'll be grateful for that relationship.
                                      Yo/Yousolong April 23rd, 1985- April 15th, 2014

                                      http://notesfromadogwalker.com/2012/...m-a-sanctuary/

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                                      • #20
                                        Also as a side note, in the U.S. laws have changed that require vets to have to add a new tax to certain medications and procedures. Most tried to vote it away but unfortunately it was passed which caused prices to change.
                                        Ride with seat and a little less hand, doesn’t matter if you’re jumping a fence or chasing a can🛢

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