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post #1 of 29 (permalink) Old 05-31-2012, 08:16 PM Thread Starter
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Low cost spay?

I took the sisters in today to get their rabies shot today. We decided on the rabies first because of all the wild life where I live. We talked about yearly boosters . He said he doesn't think they need them past the age of three that by then their anti bodies are strong. I forgot to ask about titers.And he asked if money was a factor for the spaying.



He gave me a name of a low cost spay and nuder place and a doctors name who he recommended. I called and set up an appointment for the 13th . They have different prices depending on whether I want more pain pills and blood work done. Just the spay with a coupon from a local group is only $60.eh. I can add blood work for another $60.00 eh so that is $120 eh plus the shot and pain meds. Total will be around $288.00
The vet recommended me to get their boosters while at the appointment for the spay. Has any of you done that? Is that too much for them to have all in one day? The place has you pick them up on the same day. In at 8:30 and call at 3:00. I only have the next day off is that going to be okay? My sister is home and can check on them.
We had a big scare last night a coyote came in the yard the vet said they defiantly can smell a bitch in heat.I'm hoping they will not come in season before the spay. But for now the sisters are not allowed out .

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wow! a lot of questions! Are you getting them spayed at the same time?

I think Tillie only had pain meds right after her surgery, I never gave her any once she was home. SHe was VERY out of it when she came home, but could hobble out the door to potty (I was SO proud of her!!). I don't know about only have 1 day off to watch them.... can your sister watch them? Hopefully they'll both just sleep the whole day. DO you have the onesies or cones ready? Be aware that matts happen FAST when they are under stress (surgery) and wearing something to protect them from licking!! You can do this!!!

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Hi Suzi, I'm glad you are getting the girls spayed... It's the right thing to do. That said, if they were mine, and there was any way I could afford it, I would do the shots separately from their spay. That's a lot to put their bodies through at once.

I actually think it's good that you are doing both at the same time. That way, they will both be recovering ogether, and you won't have one feeling fine, trying to talk the other into too much exercise!. Of course I'm sure you would like to stay homewith them longer, but I think that as long as your sister can check on them, and they have cones or onesies on, they will be fine.


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Suzy, Generally the doctors that work for low coast spay/neuter are very good, they do many more proceedures then most local vets. Your Vet was probably looking out for you as the coast will be less at the clinic. I would get the booster if they were my dogs, but they are yours and you need to be comfortable with your decision. You may have a bit of a problem keeping them from playing with each other too soon during recovery.

Titers are usually done after all the core shots are done. Remember that sometimes the titers show low immunity, so your do will need the shot. We do not do titers on my Lhasa anymore as he is always low, so for him they are a waste of money.

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I decided to wait on the boosters tell after the spay. I appreciate finding that out. Is two weeks long enough from the rabies shot? I agree the two at once will be better than doing them at different times. I can separate them when I'm gone. But it would be hard to keep them from jumping on and off things. They hate hate hate being pined up. Maddie tries to climb out and my kennel is really small. I wish I could be home longer I should have done this sooner when I was unemployed. I will buy some onesies but do I have to get cones?

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Suzi, I have had all my dogs spayed or neutered and there have been a lot of them over the years (cats also). Rosie was the only one that seemed to have any pain. All the rest just laid around and were up and walking normally the next day. None of mine have ever had to wear that annoying collar. Sure they licked the wound, but no pulling stitches--even the cats. Rosie took pain meds for two days and wouldn't walk, I had to carry her. Yeah I had really spoiled her. She would have done better if I had put her in her bed on the floor instead of in my bed where she couldn't get off. All that being said, I think leaving your pups in their crates while you are at work would be just fine. There is really nothing you can do for them except let them out to potty. Oh just went back and read that your kennel was small. Small doesn't matter unless you only have one. But surely you can improvise, like putting a bed in the bathroom and shutting them in there. or put one in the kennel and the other in the bathroom.

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Suzi, I haven't had a girl spayed but if you have onesies, I wouldn't think you would need the cone. I bought 'big boy pants' for Finn's neuter, which was supposed to have happened last week, but didn't because of circumstances at the vet clinic. We used onesies for Augie, because he was really going after the incision for the undescended testicle, but that prevented him from getting at it. The onesies had the added benefit of keeping him a bit less active for some reason. After Augie had his surgery, someone posted about using the big boy underwear.

I hope all goes well for the sisters. I agree, you should have had it done while you weren't working, but that is the way I do things too! I finally make up my mind when there are additional circumstances to make things more complicated! Make life more interesting!

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The bathroom is a great idea! Zoey doesn't try to climb out of the x pin so Maddie in the bathroom and zoey in the xpin I hope the door survives.

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The bathroom is where I left Rosie when I had to leave her. That wasn't very often that first year. Anyway, just be sure that you block off the cabinet doors. Rosie learned to open them right off. I used the bathroom scales and a clothes hamper. Put pee pads down so you don't have a mess to clean up. Good Luck.

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Good luck, I'm sure they will both do great, since you seem to be planning everything ahead

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