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I just checked the price of Michaela's spay and got quite a shock! $327!:eek: This seems crazy. Is this the norm? I had Piper (yorkshire) spayed 18 months ago and it was less than this. They say the smaller dogs or more expensive. I was expecting it to be well over $200 but wow!

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I wish I had the option for a spay clinic but unfortunately I don't think there is anything like that around here (Halifax, NS, Canada). :( Michaela will definitely be coming home the same day!
 

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Soooo, I've checked other clinics and they are similar in price. I called the SPCA and they have a vet that does their spay/neuters in house but also gave me the name of a couple of clinics they have used. One of the clinics is a little less expensive and it is where I had my bunnies spayed and neutered.

So my next questions. My clinic gives i.v. fluids and pain meds to go home. The $327 does not include any blood work (that's another $75 if I want it). The other clinic I'm considering (where the bunnies went) does not give i.v. fluids and will only give pain meds if they feel it is necessary. How important are each of these, i.v. fluids and pain meds? The overall cost difference will only be $40 - $70. If this is what is best for Michaela I will gladly pay it. It's just that it's about $100 jump from 18 months ago. I think I'm still in shock.

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Our SPCA doesn't offer spay/neuter outside of their shelter but partner with another organization that offers discounts. The discounts are only available for low income families.

Now I just have to decide between the two vet clinics. I would like to keep her at our regular clinic but $70 is a lot of money at Christmas time. I think I'll give my vet a call and talk to her personally.

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I talked to my vet and asked her about the iv fluids and take home meds. She said the fluids were for her (Michaela's) kidneys and she said she would want take home meds if she had an organ removed. I really felt like she was trying to lay a guilt trip on me. I've called other clinics and no one else mentioned iv fluids.

I guess I'm leaning toward leaving her at our clinic but I'm really not happy with the attempted guilt trip and she (our vet) sounded annoyed when I asked if I could get a copy of Michaela's vaccinations if I decide to go elsewhere. But, I'm not crazy about the idea of taking Michaela to a vet I've never met either.

I've posted a poll to see what others' experiences have been. Maybe that will help me decide. Thanks everyone!
 
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