Originally Posted by Natalie_ca
I'm confused. Why did you have to take her to a specialist? And why is it costing so much to get her fixed?! My Vet only charges about $100.00 to fix a cat.
Sorry, I didn't cover back story.
We had originally tried to have Addie spayed through our regular vet several months ago. When they put her under, they had hardly had time to shave the site when her blood pressure and heartrate crashed. She almost died. They had to take her off the anaesthetic completely, use reversal drugs and monitor her closely. It took 7 hours before she was stable enough to come home (and they hadn't even made a single cut....this was all from the drugs).
So, to spay her, we need a veterinary anaesthesiologist to be on the surgical team. That's a vet who has specialized in putting animals under and monitoring their conditions during surgeries. Most vets are not specialized and do a bit of everything, from diagnosis, to treatment, to surgery, etc etc. This type ONLY deals with the care of an animal under anaesthetic.
There are only 2 within hours of us. We saw one yesterday. He can do it, but it costs more because 1) we pay for his time and expertise during the surgery, so it's a whole extra vet in the room and a specialized, costly one at that 2) she needs less common, more costly drugs because of her reactions before, 3) she will need closer and longer monitoring and post-op care, and 4) we pay for the surgeon....and because this isn't a regular clinic, the surgeon is specialized too....she is ONLY a surgeon, specializing in small animals. It's like going to a hospital for people, where you have one doctor for each thing, rather than when you go to a regular vet and he or she does everything.
These clinics are set up for animals with major issues, not for a spay. So they are more expensive overall, because they are equipt to deal with things that a vets office is not. Think of it like this: Regular vet is to specialized vets as family doctor is to cardiothoracic surgeon.
I still think it's too much, but what else can I do? (well, I'm going to get in touch with the clinic where the other anaesthesiologist works, which is a bit farther away, and see what their cost would be....).