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post #1 of 61 (permalink) Old 01-03-2011, 09:00 PM Thread Starter
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Neutering Scheduled Thursday...

So I finally decided to go ahead and schedule Ninja's neutering. I haven't mentioned his situation but both of his testicles are undescended. When I called and asked the vet for the price, they told me it would be between $450-$500 I had no idea how expensive it could be and I was wondering if anyone else thinks this is too much or is this normal for his situation?
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How old is Ninja?


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I've no idea with regard to his specific situation, but I'm pretty sure that that is a whole bunch more than normal for a male neutering. I would get out the yellow pages and simply call around to the other vets. Just ask them for a 'ball park' amount since none will want to commit over the phone, but it should give you a rough idea if your vets amount is out of line or not.

Poor Ninja. We'll be thinking about him on Thursday and sending extra nice thoughts his way.
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He is about to be 11 months.

Thank you Trish. I appreciate that
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Where I live a normal neuter that's not as complicated as yours is $300.00. I have always been under the impression that vets in the US were far cheaper than ours. I think I would call around as suggested explaining the testicles are not descended and get cost estimates also.


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In Ontario, I had friends last year pay under 200 for neuter and another friend paid 350 for a spay. Females are always more, but I'm sure my buddy said he paid less than 200 for the neuter of his Jack Russell.
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wow! I am sorry to hear this... I hope you can find someone you trust to do the procedure for less $$!!
Tillie is getting spayed tomorrow... gulp .. our babies are growing up!
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aww good luck Tillie!! Yes your right they certainly are growing...I heard the ASPCA van does it for $100 but I'm scared to do it there considering his situation. Plus I don't know how sanitary it is and would be worried the entire time. I'm going to take the advice and call other vets around here but even if that is the ultimate price I will go through with it. It has to be done considering prostate cancer is at a much higher risk.
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I just went back and checked, but Kodi's neuter was $320. That included $80 of pre-op blood work. But I know that undescended testicles is a much more complicated surgery, so it doesn't sound like this is out of line.

It also probably depends on what area of the country you live in. I know vet care in the NY city area is very high, and since we're in the suburban Boston area, our probably is on the higher side too. Smaller vet practices in more rural areas might charge less.


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I just went and dug out Augie's invoice for his neuter as he had one undescended testicle. His bill for the neuter portion (we had teeth cleaning, microchip done at same time and that was extra) was a little over $400. That doesn't include pre-op blood work as that was done at the referring clinic and I can't find that invoice at the moment. The extra charge for the undescended testicle was $83.60 (evidently the charges are based on amount of time it takes); also it would have added time to the anesthesia (SEVO), which we were told is a bit more expensive than Isoflurane. Our regular vet would have been less expensive but they would have kept him overnight with no one there to supervise. If I remember correctly (and if a breeder reads this and thinks this is misinformation - hope they will set me straight), these undescended testicles can sometimes be located more inside the abdomen and the vet may have to search for them, so it can be more internal like a spay. Augie's was palpable from the outside and the vet did not have to search for it. If it was me, I definitely would not go the ASPCA van route. So, I am thinking, considering where you live (and my preconceived notions that NY is probably more expensive than many other parts of the country ) that is probably not too far out of line, considering both his testicles are undescended.

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