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post #1 of 19
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The boys will be 5 months old in about another 10 days or so, and I'm looking into "doing the deed" (or having it done rather) and to this end called my vet yesterday to get some prices to see how much this is going to set me back. It looks like about $150 apiece, give or take. The neutering itself is $107 which is the anesthesia and surgery, then pain medication is $10-20 on top of that, and if a pre-op blood panel is warranted that's additional (although the receptionist didn't have that exact amount to hand, I'm guessing $40-50.)

Couple of questions, isn't the blood panel usually used for older kitties or is it just a good idea to have it done anyway? (I may do just for peace of mind.)

Obviously I'd rather split this expense up a bit, but on the other hand, would it be best to have them both done at the same time, or separately?

Cindy
post #2 of 19
Gosh your vet seems rather expensive!

Regarding the blood tests, I had both my two tested - as they were rescued from a street colony. However, as you say, it might be best for your own peace of mind! I was informed that the tests can show any kidney and liver problems that would prove problematic if the cat was put under anaesthetic - I say better safe than sorry!

I think it might be better for you to have them done at the same time, they will both smell like the vets - so won't be hostile towards eachother - and you could speak to your vet about a payment plan.

Are you going to get them microchipped at the same time?
post #3 of 19
Rosehawk,
I really really would check around. Your vet seems to be charging DOUBLE what the standard rates are. Did they maybe quote you the spay rate accidentally?

It should only be around $60-$70 for a standard neuter. I also find it odd (and ridiculous!) that they are charging you additional for pain medication, every single vet I have ever been to includes that in their standard charge to ensure that people don't "opt out" of something this necessary because they can't afford it.

I just had my boy & girl done and it was $80 for Duke and $140 for Cosmo, that's Cdn$ and is considered "expensive" here but they were done at a hospital, which is always more. So $150US you were quoted really is out of whack.

Lora
post #4 of 19
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Originally Posted by loraandjeff
Rosehawk,
I really really would check around. Your vet seems to be charging DOUBLE what the standard rates are. Did they maybe quote you the spay rate accidentally?

It should only be around $60-$70 for a standard neuter. I also find it odd (and ridiculous!) that they are charging you additional for pain medication, every single vet I have ever been to includes that in their standard charge to ensure that people don't "opt out" of something this necessary because they can't afford it.

I just had my boy & girl done and it was $80 for Duke and $140 for Cosmo, that's Cdn$ and is considered "expensive" here but they were done at a hospital, which is always more. So $150US you were quoted really is out of whack.

Lora
I think I paid more to neuter mine two cats. Vets charge different prices.
It's not out of whack.
You could always find cheapr but my vet was using better anestesia, etc, or so they told me.
post #5 of 19
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Yeah, I called another clinic a while ago, a small one person operation in a converted house called "Just Cats," and her price is $75 TOTAL, including the bloodwork. They're not too far from me, 8-10 miles I guess. I asked how much to neuter a couple of 5 month old males and she said, "They need to be 6 months old unless they're already spraying." So I asked, "Is that a cut and dried age restriction or is that more for weight? These are Maine Coons, they're already as big as some normal cats!" Her reply, "Oh, that's okay then." They were 6lbs and 6lbs3oz when I had them in for their last shots a couple of weeks ago. I'd guess that Mithril is over 7lbs now. And they won't be 5 months for another 10 days!

I've called some other places too, it really runs a gamut. From $45-70 for just the surgery and anesthesia. I did have one (another cat clinic, but way over on the other side of town, about 35-40 minutes from here) that charges 68.25 for the surgery/anesthesia including an overnight stay, but once again the bloodwork and pain mgmt is extra and also if it's the first time they've seen the cat they charge a $25.00 exam fee.

I've known for some time that my present vet is high on his prices, but we really like him a lot. His clinic has very long hours (probably one of the reasons for the high prices) and is also open a half day on Sundays which is convenient for picking up Kellie when we board.

I'm having some resistance from Sunny on this though as we really like this vet, and he's quite good, but we're talking a difference of $150-200 dollars between the two of them.

Man, I hate changing Drs and I hate changing Vets .

Cindy
post #6 of 19
When I first got my cat spayed it cost I think around 115$$(10 years ago)...last year I got my other female spayed and it cost me 85 for the whole works....sometimes it is best to look around
post #7 of 19
I didnt have a blood panel done on my boy when he was a kitten, or my older girls when they were done. of course, i already had their annual blood work on file so i felt my base was covered there.

Callie however WILL be getting a blood panel when i take her in. Shes going to be under longer though. since they are amputating her leg as well.
post #8 of 19
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Yes, the DH and I are bumping heads on this. On the other thread about "Who gets the last word?" I said that we usually always compromise which is absolutely true but we usually don't have any issue that's so important. He never comes here , this is the last e-mail a few minutes ago...

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I know it's a big difference but I still have reservations about going with someone
we don't know. Remember a certain dentist named Ceitlin?

This is our kitties and puppy we're talking about....not a coffee maker or a bag of cement.I am going to be resistant to trusting them to someone else. I dunno. Let me think about it. You can go check places out if you want to and give me an idea of how they look.

On the other hand, our favorite cat croaked under his care...
And my reply:
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Yes. And I KNOW that there were treatment options available, although we wouldn't have been able to afford them as we're talking thousands of dollars here. But they were never even mentioned. AND nothing was ever said about doing a bloodscan on the evil cat to check him out although I pretty much KNOW that he had diabetes and it could've been controlled with insulin shots. I also suspect he may've had a UTI but was never checked or mentioned checking for that either. I like Doc ****** ... a lot ... but sometimes ... Like him automatically giving the FeLV shots which I did NOT want.

We'll think about it, meantime I'll check out Just Cats, and maybe a couple of other places. I know the lady who answered the phone at Just Cats (who may've been the actual Vet for all I know, I do know this is a lady vet) was very nice, but that's not enough to base the practice on. Wish I knew someone else who used the practice.
Now y'all have had a glimpse into our day-to-day lives. Reality internet at its best

Cindy
post #9 of 19
That is a huge amount of money to be paying to have your cats neutered...wow. Around here, you'd be looking at 20-50 for the whole thing...pain meds and the procedure! Although, it IS a county law that you must have your pets fixed unless you can show a breeding license, so maybe that has something to do with it...
post #10 of 19
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Originally Posted by lionessrampant
That is a huge amount of money to be paying to have your cats neutered...wow....<snip>
Tell me about it :. Especially since I just got the bills for all the cars and motorcycle tags, and the rest of my dental work, AND the annual bill for the motorcycle insurance ... all in today's mail. Whoopee.
post #11 of 19
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Originally Posted by RoseHawke
The boys will be 5 months old in about another 10 days or so, and I'm looking into "doing the deed" (or having it done rather) and to this end called my vet yesterday to get some prices to see how much this is going to set me back. It looks like about $150 apiece, give or take. The neutering itself is $107 which is the anesthesia and surgery, then pain medication is $10-20 on top of that, and if a pre-op blood panel is warranted that's additional (although the receptionist didn't have that exact amount to hand, I'm guessing $40-50.)

Couple of questions, isn't the blood panel usually used for older kitties or is it just a good idea to have it done anyway? (I may do just for peace of mind.)

Obviously I'd rather split this expense up a bit, but on the other hand, would it be best to have them both done at the same time, or separately?

Cindy
At my vet, they did an Azostix, which tested kidneys, a PCV, or packed cell volume, it tells how many cells are in a certain area, and a total protein, which tells.... well... total protein in kitty's blood. It is recommended on animals of all ages, just to make sure they are healthy enough for anesthesia, so they don't crash on the table if they aren't healthy enough for it.

I actually was able to assist in a neuter. It's such a simple procedure! I couldn't believe how simple it was! They cat had a neuter and declaw... which both are pretty simple procedures. But the neuter took about 8 minutes! Then 5 minutes for the animal going under! It was soooo simple! Wow! Anyway, they do recommend blood panels for all ages, just to insure kitty's health.
post #12 of 19
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Originally Posted by RoseHawke
Yeah, I called another clinic a while ago, a small one person operation in a converted house called "Just Cats," and her price is $75 TOTAL, including the bloodwork. They're not too far from me, 8-10 miles I guess. I asked how much to neuter a couple of 5 month old males and she said, "They need to be 6 months old unless they're already spraying." So I asked, "Is that a cut and dried age restriction or is that more for weight? These are Maine Coons, they're already as big as some normal cats!" Her reply, "Oh, that's okay then." They were 6lbs and 6lbs3oz when I had them in for their last shots a couple of weeks ago. I'd guess that Mithril is over 7lbs now. And they won't be 5 months for another 10 days!

I've called some other places too, it really runs a gamut. From $45-70 for just the surgery and anesthesia. I did have one (another cat clinic, but way over on the other side of town, about 35-40 minutes from here) that charges 68.25 for the surgery/anesthesia including an overnight stay, but once again the bloodwork and pain mgmt is extra and also if it's the first time they've seen the cat they charge a $25.00 exam fee.

I've known for some time that my present vet is high on his prices, but we really like him a lot. His clinic has very long hours (probably one of the reasons for the high prices) and is also open a half day on Sundays which is convenient for picking up Kellie when we board.

I'm having some resistance from Sunny on this though as we really like this vet, and he's quite good, but we're talking a difference of $150-200 dollars between the two of them.

Man, I hate changing Drs and I hate changing Vets .

Cindy
When I thought about it, I thought that this hopefully will be the only surgery done on my cats, so I didn't mind paying extra. Especially if you know the vet is good.
post #13 of 19
I paid $100 for YY's spay procedure (it included meds) and then $32 for a visit to take out her stitches. I could have dine that myself but I did want the vet to take a look. I actually found that quite reasonable and it is nornal here and our vet is excellent!!
post #14 of 19
We can get desexing done at the loval vets for twice the price of the SPCA!

When we got our poor Soul put to sleep in Jan this year it was $200 more at the local vets. We took her to the SPCA and it's hard to explain but it was a nice horrible experience if you know what I mean. The staff were so friendly and let us stay with her for as long as we wanted.
post #15 of 19
I live in the twin cities and have called around, the most expensive nueter is $320 and least I found was $110. The vet I go to charges $130 and then $180 for the spay. This includes all blood work, a stool sample, and a groom as well as kitty pain meds. Maybe the prices change with the area.
my kittys will have this done in 3 months
post #16 of 19
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Originally Posted by bogeyandbetty
I live in the twin cities and have called around, the most expensive nueter is $320 and least I found was $110. The vet I go to charges $130 and then $180 for the spay. This includes all blood work, a stool sample, and a groom as well as kitty pain meds. Maybe the prices change with the area.
my kittys will have this done in 3 months

I live in Minnesota, if you are lower income (not sure and dont want to assume) you can also contact Feline Rescue, they have a contract with some vets to have a spay done for $50, the vet i used was wonderfull to my three girls and one boy. the pain meds were an extra 5 but we got those of course.
post #17 of 19
I cant tell ya about prices the last one I had to make the appt for was 14.5 years ago I think it was 60 US..
I can say at my vet he has four levals of panels ... so I would find out the depth of the work...
post #18 of 19
Definitely have them done at the same time so they're both "out of it" on the same day. Though they'll be running around that night as if nothing ever happened anyway!

The pre-op blood panel is pretty much optional for kittens if they're healthy. It obviously won't hurt to have it done and would be good for peace of mind, but if finances are an issue then you can omit it and the risk is really minimal.
post #19 of 19
While the others have all presented valid points on why not to have the bloodwork done, I am a fan of having it done to the greatest extent you can afford. Not only will it rule out any problems which may be elevated by the anesthesia, but it also gives you a nice baseline to compare to if issues arise in the future. It is a valuable tool.

~gf~
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