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can't believe the difference in neuter prices!!!

post #1 of 20
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A few of you may know that back in the beginning of June I took in an 8 week old kitten that showed up at my house. A couple of weeks after that, we got the announcement at work that the company I work for was closing down our branch office and I was laid off on July 31. I have been looking for work (in my industry) for 3 months now with no luck.

So of course, cost is an issue when it comes to neutering Deuce. I called my regular vet and they told me the cost to neuter was $115. I remember a former co-worker telling me his daughter took a new cat to a vet clinic in another city to be neutered. I questioned why she couldn't find a clinic locally...he said it was a really good price and that's why she drove out there. I contacted her and she told me where it was, but couldn't quite remember the name of the place. I contacted all 3 vet clinics in that city a couple of days ago and got their prices. WOW! One was $30, one was $35 and the other was $27.50.
post #2 of 20
Wow that is a big difference! I have never seen a neuter price below $100 unless it's at a non profit spay and neuter clinic or some place like that. Regular vets typically charge a lot, I am suprirsed to see that even regular vets in that city charge such low prices!
post #3 of 20
WOW.

A neuter here is $65..... which covers all sedation, neuter, post op recovery, etc.

I'm gonna ask my vet for a 2 for 1, since my 2 babies need to go in next month

ETA: there was a thread in the health forum comparing prices, I'll see if I can find it.

Here's the thread: http://www.thecatsite.com/forums/sho...ghlight=prices
post #4 of 20
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Seems like there are alot around the country that offer inexpensive spays/neuters according to that thread.

I discussed this with my mom the other day and she thought it might be because Eunice is such a small town, that's why it is cheaper. So, I googled their population and it is about 11,000. My city is about 32,000. I still can't get over it though. I also mentioned to her that I thought it was unusual for a town with a population of 11,000 to have 3 vet clinics. She said "but that's farm country over there". Maybe the fact that it is small town and farm land has alot to do with it. Who knows? I'm going with one of them for Deuce's neuter...that's all I have to say. If I had a job, I'd just use my regular vet.

Now 2 of the 3 I called mentioned an additional cost for pain meds. One was $19 and one was $12....that is a separate for the neuter charges I mentioned above.

Also, my regular vet that charges $115, they keep the cat overnight for observation.
post #5 of 20
It was $40.79 for the neuter here, but $44.10 for the anesthesia and another $26.46 for "hospitalization" and $66.15 for second shots (with rabies)... $177.50 total. YIKES.
This in Southern Alberta, Canada.
post #6 of 20
My new vet charges $75.50 for a neuter which includes the pain meds. Our old vet was much cheaper, around $50, but unfortunately their choice in staff caused us to no longer use them. Now in some of the "richer" cities around us those costs can be higher than $100.

Seems around us that if you live in a city that is considered upper class vets charge a whole lot more. In cities where you have a large amount of middle class and lower class you find the vets are much cheaper. I think they know that they would never get any business if their prices are too high. We used to live in a town where there were high priced homes and well to do people who wanted to live on the lake and it was $60 just for an office visit.
post #7 of 20
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Originally Posted by Snake_Lady View Post
WOW.

A neuter here is $65..... which covers all sedation, neuter, post op recovery, etc.

I'm gonna ask my vet for a 2 for 1, since my 2 babies need to go in next month

ETA: there was a thread in the health forum comparing prices, I'll see if I can find it.

Here's the thread: http://www.thecatsite.com/forums/sho...ghlight=prices
There is a sticky in the Cat Health forum showing a list of low cost spay/neuter clinics in the US.
http://www.thecatsite.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=203204

My son didn't know about low cost clinics when he had his cat done. He paid the vet $165 and that didn't include anything extra.
post #8 of 20
When I got Milo neutered, they told me $80. That was not including any pain meds or anything. It ended up costing over $300 because they had to go searching for his other "man part" that hadn't come down.
post #9 of 20
There is a clinic half an hourish away that charges well over 100.00 for neuter and insist you leave the animal overnight at least. The other direction the cost is around 60.00 and no insistance on overnight. Used to get the boys separated from their parts via tack trunk or tailgate surgery for 35.00 but that vet retired, dang it. If I catch my horse vet with spare time, he will do tailgate surgery too and with a 40.00 charge but it doesn't happen very often. To my knowledge, there are no low cost spay-neuter clinics in my area, but maybe Tiger on the Prowl has more info......I am kinda in the boonies
post #10 of 20
If it was $65 for us to neuter our cats I'd do Mango & Pink and keep all three of them!! I can't believe that!!

The cheapest we've found is $125 neuter, $175 spay. Everyone keeps telling me there is a spay/neuter clinic in the city & I keep telling them either they've activated their cloaking device or they closed down years ago because I CAN NOT find them!!!

How far away are you Chris?
post #11 of 20
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Originally Posted by Nes View Post
If it was $65 for us to neuter our cats I'd do Mango & Pink and keep all three of them!! I can't believe that!!

The cheapest we've found is $125 neuter, $175 spay. Everyone keeps telling me there is a spay/neuter clinic in the city & I keep telling them either they've activated their cloaking device or they closed down years ago because I CAN NOT find them!!!

How far away are you Chris?
Since you are in Canada, try this:
http://www.savesamoa.org/html/spay_neuter.html#USCan

or just google low cost spay neuter Canada
post #12 of 20
There is one vet here that will do a neuter for $35. He uses a cheaper anesthesia, which IMO is less safe, so he doesn't have to charge his customers as much. The vet I use charges $90 for neuter, but uses a more expensive/safe anesthesia.
post #13 of 20
I also wonder if those clinics have vet student interns, and maybe that's why it's cheaper?

Either way, when Scotty was fixed, it was $65.
post #14 of 20
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Originally Posted by Dusty's Mom View Post
Since you are in Canada, try this:
http://www.savesamoa.org/html/spay_neuter.html#USCan

or just google low cost spay neuter Canada
Thank you very much DM! I'm sure we will still end up giving Mango & Pink to really good homes because 5 cats is ALLOT with 2 dogs, 2 kids and a horse... (but if they do end up going anywhere they will be CLOSE friends/family only, these are Peaches' babies!!).

I'll see if I can find a place though! I'd MUCH rather spay/neuter them then ask an "adoption fee" sort of thing to cover it.

Since Peaches apparently got pregnant at 3/4 month :O I'm stressing as I see the little man's bits growing!

Our local OSCPA does have a program but for a VERY long story we should qualify but don't... which is too bad because then it's very low cost/free
post #15 of 20
I also don't qualify for the Humane Society spay/neuter thing for several reasons: I do not live in the city or one of the adjoining Rural Municipalities; I am a farmer, not a bedroom community dweller; I did not get the cats from the Humane Society because they do not sell...er 'give' cats to farmers and because the cats are not from there, i don't qualify, and around and round we go with the dance if inanity. I had forgotten about that low cost (and highly selecitive) clinic for the above listed reasons.
post #16 of 20
Lucky find!
post #17 of 20
When Sneaky Pie was spayed 9 years ago, I think it was over $100. I know they didn't keep her overnight- b/c I remember taking her home. She was still under the affects of the anethesia, and my neighbor's son kept telling me that I had a "drunk cat" because the poor thing couldn't walk right.

If/when we get another kitty- I'm doing all the research. I love our vet- and if we adopt through the humane society, they give us a $25 voucher, and then when you get proof of spay/neuter, they refund you $20 of the $40 adoption fee. And I can go anywhere (at least I think I can) to have the surgery done. I know there's a low cost clinic around here (I pass it on the way to school every day).

Cheryl
post #18 of 20
Wow our vet is only $40 all together for neuter! We got Murphee neutered and first shots for $80. HOPE foundation has $12 shots and is $35 to neuter. I cant believe you guys pay that much! Even spaying my dog as a pup wasnt over a $100!
post #19 of 20
When Roxy was spayed I think the total was somewhere around $250-300. However they also did her eyes, she has a condition with her third eyelids where she needed them basically debrided.
I think it's $100-150 or so for neuter from my vet and over $200 for spays. Most of mine were done at low-cost clinics because I had rescued a litter of 7 that needed to be fixed and that would have ended up over $1000.
post #20 of 20
$35 is low...if it's a regular vet clinic (not a low-cost program), you should ask if there are any other fees added on. For instance, one place I called said they charge $25 for a cat neuter......but there's also a $25 anesthesia fee for all surgeries. So it's $50 altogether. Although that's still a good price.

My regular vet charges $65.
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