Post # 1
My male puppy is now 6 months old and I need to have him neutered. Our vet will do it for 300 dollars or I can take him to the Humane Society for 55 dollars. I will get blood work done on him at the vet prior to getting him neutered just to make sure he is okay for anesthesia and surgery. I have never used the Humane Society for spay or neutering services. They seem to be highly recommended and I know they get plenty of experience. Can anyone tell me of the difference between the vet and Humane Society besides price, if there is any? Thanks so much.
Post # 4
You can ask the vet for a breakdown of the pricing for a neuter. Often they charge by weight because that affects how much anesthesia is used. You’re sometimes paying a clinic fee, exam fee, and sometimes you’ll be charged for hospitalization for the few hours that they’re being monitored after the procedure. No matter how they break it down, it’s just going to be more expensive at a for profit clinic than a non-profit clinic.
For routine procedures, there’s really not going to be much of a difference between the vet and shelter clinic. The veterinarian at the Humane Society might have been in practice for fewer years and than a vet in private practice, but sterilization procedures are very routine and not difficult, and that vet is doing many of them every day. I wouldn’t worry about getting a “worse neuter” from the Humane Society, if that makes sense. Some people worry about their pet being exposed to diseases at the shelter, but there’s similar risk at a veterinary hospital.
I worked as a veterinary technician, and I take my pets to annual exams with a private vet, but they get their vaccinations and spay/neuters from a shelter vet at a much, much lower cost. I’m glad to be able to give as much business to my vet as a healthy animal needs, yet also able to direct some money to the shelter as well.
Post # 5
I usually use cheaper spay/neuter options as well, though I’ve not used the Human Society (there’s a bunch of cheap spay/neutor options in cities for ‘catch and release’ programs as well as people bellow the poverty line who want to do right by their animals) I must say they did very good work and used disolvable stitches so there was no need for a return trip to have them removed.
Post # 6
I’d go for humane society or somewhere like that – cheaper and just as good. I got my dog spayed at a local animal shelter that runs a low cost spay/neuter program, and got my cat spayed at a local charity that does free fixing of feral cats and then charges a low cost for pets to offset the costs of the feral ones. Ended up paying $75 for the dog and $50 for the cat vs. $300-400 that vets were asking!! It might be different if your pet had some illness that would complicate the surgery, but as a PP said, these surgeries are very routine and vets at the shelters/humane society are doing tons of them every day, so are in fact probably more familiar with them than the fancy vets are! Both my babies were just fine 🙂 If the humane society comes highly recommended I would definitely go with them with no reservations.
Post # 7
Thank you ladies, yeah, I’m not necessarily worried about one place doing a better job neutering him than the other. I think it’s a pretty straight forward procedure. I was just mostly concerned about the level of care he’d get. Like would he be monitored as much for any complications that could occur. I’ve never used the Humane Society’s services but money is a little tight right now and I don’t want to put it off too long.
Post # 8
@greenidlady: We have two dogs and experienced both. We took our male to the Humane Sociey and our female to our private vet and while both experiences were positive I would lean towards our vet for future dogs.
The Humane Society was professional, educated and attentive to our pup. They did a very good job wiithout any complications and we picked up our baby at the end of the day. However, I did feel that the level of attention given to our dog after the procedure wasn’t the level that I preferred. When we picked up our baby we were not given any pain meds and he was in a cage in the back of the room and all on his own. To some this may not be a big deal, but to me i mattered. There were tons of dogs fixed all at once which is to be expected with the HS of course and so they were not staffed at levels to offer one on one attention with the dogs. Our pup was coming “off” of the anesthesia and shaking (which is to be expected) without attention.
Now in comparison our female was spayed by our private vet. The vet was just as professional, educated and attentive to our pup during the surgery but the difference comes after the surgery. Our female was check regularly and immediately after the surgery they are given one on one time with a vet tech with attention and affection. They send me photos regularly before, during and after procedures with constant text updates. We were given a follow through plan for after complete with pain meds and a follow up appointment bookiing. They also called me (yes THEY called ME) three days after to check on her.
So all in all both the HS and the private vet did the job just fine and we had no complaints. Like all things you get what you pay for, it all depends on what you want for the overall experience. We loved the after care and doting on our baby so that is why we are willing to spend the extra in the future.
Post # 9
Yes, this is important to me also. Your vet sounds great! Too bad it’s on the other side of the country.:-) I would be willing to pay more for him to be checked on more frequently and pampered a bit. I worry more about this breed (Shih-Tzu) because they are a bradycephalic breed.
Post # 10
Wow, you have a really great vet. Not a single vet that I’ve taken any of my pets to has been that attentive or reasuring.
Post # 11
Yeah our vet is amazing and we feel lucky to have found them. They are an animal hospital with several vets but they still remain small and focus on the overall care versus number of patients. I think that is key to finding a great vet…they can’t get too big that they forget about the individual dog.
Another great sign is a vet that focusing on using today’s technology. Every time my dogs go in for a procedure (teeth cleaning, fixed, ill so kept for the day etc) I get updates via text including photos. I know that up and coming vet clinics around here are focusing more on using technology and texting to inform owners so try to find a vet that is willing to modernize.
It took us a while to find the right vet, that is for sure.