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Neutering

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Dantes

Guest
#1
Hi all, can you advise me...how complicated is neutering a male? I haven't done it in a while.

Now that Duma is 6 months, I'm thinking it's time. I love his personality, he is so lovable and sweet, and I don't want him to change or to spray.

Where I live there are a bunch of vets, and because of my DSHs having had cancer and undiagnosed kidney disease (!), I have experience with almost all of them in a 60-mile radius.

So I can go to the expensive holistic vet--I LOVE THEM! They treated my Simba like gold and actually properly diagnosed him--but they are super expensive.

Then there is the vet that my neighbors all go to. Everyone likes them, but they gave me a hard time about Dante and his peeing problem (which he still has, arrrrgh! but it turns out it's psychological). They tend to be on the least expensive side.

Then there is the new vet I've been seeing, so far is okay, maybe a little more expensive than the least expensive one, but I haven't brought them anything complicated yet.

There are a few I won't go to out of principle, but then there are a couple I haven't tried or haven't tried in a while.

So for a neuter, would you do the most expensive, least expensive, what? How complicated is it, and how much trust do I have to have in the vet to get it right?
 

KMcgown

Site Supporter
#2
I would go to the vet that you feel most comfortable with....expense aside. It cost me $100 to neuter my male. I don't think my vet was the most expensive or the least but he had a lot of years experience. It is a procedure they do quite often. Both of my boys were in/out the same day. No issues or side effects. One is a domestic med hair and one is a savannah. We also brought my daughters girl there. That was a little more expensive but again, no issues and she did great which was most important.
 
#4
PERSONALLY- if the lower cost vet is competent and handles a lot of spays/neuters, I'd go to to them for a neuter surgery. Literally- I've seen a vet knock a cat out on a kitchen counter and neuter males before (this was at a very high intake rescue- so not the norm, but the surgery is very very quick and easy). Spays- I am more cautious about, but they are a more invasive surgery.
 
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Dantes

Guest
#5
Thank you everyone! The holistic vet that I like will charge $200 for first visit plus the cost of the neuter. I'm thinking that $300 for a neuter is a bit high, and since he has no other issues there really isn't any point to having him seen there. I'll probably take him to the new one that I've been going to. He's seen two separate vets there, one was a lady who was lovely and happy to meet my boys, the other was an older man who thought my ragdoll wasn't a ragdoll (because he doesn't look like a siamese???) and that he was too fat (ragdolls have a fat pad on their belly). We didn't even discuss Duma being a Savannah, I'm sure he thought he was a bengal (they don't have savannah in their database). I'll just make sure he gets the woman vet and it should be fine.
 
#7
PERSONALLY- if the lower cost vet is competent and handles a lot of spays/neuters, I'd go to to them for a neuter surgery. Literally- I've seen a vet knock a cat out on a kitchen counter and neuter males before (this was at a very high intake rescue- so not the norm, but the surgery is very very quick and easy). Spays- I am more cautious about, but they are a more invasive surgery.
I take both males and females to the local spay/neuter clinic. Fact is they do more alterations in one day than most of the standard vet offices do in a month. They also work with my primary vet for emergencies, so on the remote chance anything did go wrong they would consult or transfer the cat/dog to where I take them anyway. 45 neuter, 55 spay on cats and 10 dollars more for dogs.