Consumer Guide to Spay and Neuter Surgery

If you call around town, you will find a big difference in the prices the various clinics  charge to spay or neuter your pet.

For example, in the spring of 2013, the prices to spay the same small dog ranged from $80 to $224. That’s nearly a three-fold difference.

This is because not every clinic does things the same way. Now, this is not what we are used to as humans. When we humans go to the hospital for surgery, we expect that every hospital does things pretty much the same way. Everybody gets their blood pressure monitored, everybody has an IV line in, everybody gets the best pain management there is, etc.

This is not the case in veterinary medicine. There are major differences in how the various clinics do the same procedure. It’s a pretty good bet that Dr. $80 does things quite a bit differently than Dr. $224. We’re talking differences in how pain is managed, how anesthesia is administered, and even in how the surgery itself is done.

 

At Sunnyside Veterinary Clinic, instead of a one-size-fits-all approach, we offer choices.

We realize each patient and each client is different, so we offer several choices as to what level of care you want for your pet. Some owners choose just the basics.  Others choose the very highest level of care possible. Many owners choose a more intermediate level of care that covers more of the bases but isn’t priced at the top of the range either. Choice is a good thing.

You can choose to have just the basic procedure done.  It will cost less this way, but the draw-backs are that at this price we are not able to manage pain as effectively as we would like, and we can’t manage the anesthesia as safely as is possible. You may wish to choose some or all of the upgrades.

Click the links below to go to a more detailed discussion of the basic procedure each upgrade.  Don't worry, we'll have time to discuss att this at your pet's pre-surgical exam.

Pre-emptive pain management

Take-home pain medication is good, but there are lots better ways to treat post-surgical pain than just taking pills after the surgery is all over.  Pre-emptive Pain Management is that much better way to control surgical pain, and it results in a happier, more pain-free patient.

IV Fluid Support

Since 30% of dogs and cats develop low blood pressure under anesthesia, it only makes sense to be prepared for that.  IV Fluid Support keep blood pressure in the healthy range so they feel good when they wake up, and it provides for a vaulable safety net if there are problems.

Pre-anesthetic Lab Work

About 5% of the young, healthy cat and dog population out there have problems that can't be seen with just a physical exam.  It takes labwork to identify them and make the changes in the anesthetic plan needed to keep them safe.

Laser Surgery

Laser Surgery results in less pain, less swelling, and less bleeding.

 

It’s up to you and your budget.

 

And now for some good news!

Click here to print out a coupon for a free up-grade to Laser Surgery.  We are offering this upgrade to our clients free of charge. All you have to do is choose at least two other upgrades, for example Pre-emptive Pain Management, and IV Fluid Support, and you can get the up-grade to laser surgery free. Click here to read more about the benefits of Laser Surgery.

 

A Special Note for Owners of Large-Breed Dogs

If you have a large-breed dog, click here to read about a potentially life-saving procedure that you might want to consider having done during the spay or neuter surgery.

Declawing Information

If you are considering declawing your cat, click here for more information.

So what's does all this cost?

Click here for current pricing.  But before you click, please note that these prices are for young (under 1year old), healthy patients that are not in heat or obese.  If your pet is older, fatter, or in heat, these prices may not apply.