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The Difference Between Low Cost and Regular Clinics
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24 February 2016 - 11:23 am
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While this article addresses spay neuter surgeries, the principles are the same when it comes to amputation surgery.

The Difference Between Low Cost Spay/Neuters and Regular Clinics May Surprise You

by Carolyn Karrh DVM

I am going to shed a little light on these differences here so you and those you know can make an informed decision when considering and scheduling your pet’s surgery and where you would like to do this. Why is the surgery $50 in one place and $400 in another? Think about it. It’s the same procedure, but what might be different so that the cost can be less?

In order to offer a surgery for a negligible price, corners have to be cut. So I am going to tell you what those corners are (this is variable from place to place, but generally true). And I’m certain my low-cost clinic veterinary colleagues will be amenable to me offering this information because no one is trying to hide anything and we all want the same thing—to work with informed owners and provide a successful, safe surgery for all of our patients. READ MORE

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Sooo informative, and the responses were quite interesting also!

Jist like the article you posted on anesthesia a bit ago, this article informs and empowers us with knowledge. If we have ro go for "low cost" options, at least we know what to ask about what's done and what's not. Then we can decide whether to ask for extra "stuff", if available, or go elsewhere.

Thank you, as always, for keeping us so informed!!

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Great read with lots of stuff to think about.  Thank you for sharing this Rene!

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Glad you liked it. I don't think there isn't a time when we haven't looked for low cost options, after all, our wallets aren't unlimited (as much as we want them to be when it comes to our animals). But exactly as you said Sally, knowing what to look for is key in avoiding problems.

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I understand the low cost etc.  Just having done a surgery on Bosch (not spay or neuter) this last week and he is a Sr Dog I did all the extras and I don't mind paying for that.  I also know that if you have it available a teaching hospital is worth looking into.  I know for the girls spays & gastropexies I paid 700 at K-state  VS just for Gastropexy at the surgery clinic ( because it was done laproscopically and easier to heal from) 1500-2000 that did not include the spay.  So travel was worth it and they got great care. 

I know in a lot of towns there isn't the teaching hospital opportunity.  We have a low cost/spay neuter clinic in Omaha (right across the river from me).


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