Spaying/Neutering your dog at the vet or a clinic

posted 3 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I would do tons of research on the clinic first. Another bee just had her dog practically butchered at one. One here almost killed my cat. Research is key.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Neutering is such a routine practice that I would do that at the clinic. We rescued our pup and the rescue group included his neutering in their adoption fee, so we didn’t have to pay and he did just fine.

Spaying is a little more work, so I’m not sure. Do you know if the vet’s price includes the laser surgery? If not, I’d go with the clinic.

Post # 6
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Busy bee

Clinics in general aren’t horrible. They’re there for a reason. I personally would want the care if something went wrong that the vet’s office could provide, but that’s just me. 

Make sure to wait a month or two after you’re sure your pup is done with her heat before taking her to be spayed. If you need to have her done before that time, then absolutely take her to your vet. 

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

It’s an invasive surgery that while routine, if done incorrectly, could have serious consequences. I would not worry about getting the cheapest bargain and would be more concerned with whichever facility is more qualified to do the procedure. If the clinic is new and not much is known about it, I wouldn’t risk my dog’s health there. 

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@MrsTillerResq:  Im having the save debate as well. My vet quoted me 233 + and at the clinic its 100 to have my dog spayed. Im leaning more towards having her done at my vet. The wait time is 6 months +. My dog is also almost 2 so i need to get her done asap.

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

I think it’s not uncommon to have clinics offer really low prices, as they have a vested interest in ensuring all cats/dogs are spayed/neutered.

Like others said, do your research, but the low price wouldn’t dissuade me in and of itself. 

We paid $500+ to get our dog neutered at our vet – I certainly wish we had looked around a bit more!

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013 - Pavilion overlooking golf course scenery, reception at banquet hall

@MrsTillerResq:  Do you know the name of the animal hospital he was at, and can you look up reviews of it?

Low cost spay/neutering doesn’t point toward bad service. A lot of vets are so passionate about the pet overpopulation problem that they do it at-cost or even below so that more people get it done.

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Just make sure you do your research! My poor pup is about to have a second surgery to fix the one that a vet messed up at a low cost spay neuter clinic the rescue I adopred her from works with. They also killed someones kitten and left something in another puppy they spayed a few months ago, and who knows how many others! I think paying a little more to have it done at a vets office is worth it to not have to pay for a second expensive surgery, however, there are wonderful clinics that really are just providing their services for a low price to control thr population. Id wait a while and make sure the clinic gets good reviews and is doing good work, and then if you feel confident in them, do it! =)

Post # 13
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Buzzing Beekeeper

We brought our little man to his regular vet. I am not sure if we have any low cost/SPCA type places in Canada. I figure if my dog is being put out, it’s a serious thing and I’d rather use his regular vet who knows him…even just for my own peace of mind. 

Post # 14
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Helper bee

Depending on the breed and location, there are some programs that provide assistance for spaying/neutering at a veterinary hospital. The local humane society gives out vouchers for free spay/neuters for pitbulls and rescue cats. I got 2 stray cats at 4 weeks old and the humane society gave me vouchers for both of them. Looks up spay/neuter assistance in your area.

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