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Never knew what our lives were missing until we found our princess
Vets aren't trained in nutrition. A couple of years ago they polled 9 of the 32 vet schools in the country. 5 out of the 9 only required 3 credits in nutrition while the other 4 didn't require ANY at all. Total credits to graduate varied from 46-79 per school.
They are totally clueless except for what the dog food reps tell them. Oh yeah, and a lot of dog food companies fund scholarship programs so the few schools that do require the class almost have to teach that it's good stuff.
back on topic tho...
if you go to aspca.org there is a low cost spay/neuter database. plug in your zip code and it will show you all of the places that participate in the program. Most clinics won't do bulldogs because of their breathing issues, but many veterinary hospitals are listed there too.
For me, her name was Abby
10/24/2011 - 11/23/1012
Obtaining a dog license should require more than writing a check.
Xx.Demari-Jay & Meeko.xX
Oh, my goodness!! I wouldn't be able to afford having a dog where many of you reside. Clara is going to be spayed and microchipped next week at our vet who is very knowledgeable about bulldogs (referred there by Clara's breeder) vet for $150 ($100 for spay and $50 for the chip). The Humane Society would do it as part of their SNIP program for $20 (low cost option for those who need), but I wouldn't be comfortable taking her there when we have a good bully vet. I'm blown away by the cost of veterinary services elsewhere. We're in the St. Louis area by the way.
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With Miss Tallulah I opted for the blood test and the extra fluids. They are optional but optimal and considering we have Bracycephalic doggies that are at much higher risk for complications or death from anesthesia it is not a bad idea if you can afford it. The actual neutering is not that expensive on your estimate, but your vet is being responsible by including those things. But if you don't feel right about your vet trust your instincts. You want someone you can trust and develop a long term relationship with.
I live in Long Island. We were quoted $500 for each of our girls to be spayed. So I found a rescue vet. They did them each for $160. I was a little nervous, but everything came out without a hitch.
Properly trained, a man can be dog's best friend. ~Corey Ford
sarah was spayed this summer and it was like 600 and some dollars but hers was an emergency and she had to stay the night and most of the next day so not sure what a regular spay would have been.