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Old 10-23-2013, 03:20 PM
 
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I have a favorite vet at the vet practice we use. I found out today that she doesn't spay. Since she's done other types of surgeries on my other pets, I was surprised to learn she doesn't spay. I have an appointment with someone else at the practice. Has anyone ever heard of a vet that doesn't spay? Why would that be?
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Old 10-23-2013, 04:00 PM
 
Location: Manhattan, Ks
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Huh. Weird. Maybe she just doesn't like that particular surgery? Do the other vets at the practice do spays?
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Old 10-23-2013, 04:15 PM
 
Location: Northern Illinois
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Never in a million years - I would probably be curious enough to just ask her why not? Surely she was trained to do it - and it can't be a moral thing could it (like an aversion to birth control)? Let us know the answer if and when you find it out!!!
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Old 10-23-2013, 04:35 PM
 
Location: The Triad (NC)
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I have a favorite vet at the vet practice we use.
I found out today that she doesn't (waste her time doing low margin elective surgeries).
Most areas have spay/neuter clinics. Even the burgh. LINK
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Old 10-23-2013, 04:41 PM
 
Location: Near Nashville TN
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It's a first for me. What reason did she give you?
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Old 10-23-2013, 05:07 PM
 
Location: SE Michigan
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Very strange! I'm really curious as to why.

I've heard of (and known) some vets who don't believe in pediatric spay/neuter, or vets who (quite properly) won't do surgery on an animal with some health issues but never have I heard of one who flat won't do this very basic and common procedure. I hope you post back with her reasons!
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Old 10-23-2013, 05:24 PM
 
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Do the other vets at the practice do spays?
Yes. I scheduled an appointment with a different one.

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Never in a million years - I would probably be curious enough to just ask her why not? Surely she was trained to do it - and it can't be a moral thing could it (like an aversion to birth control)? Let us know the answer if and when you find it out!!!
I don't think it's a moral thing. She's a great vet and considered the cat expert at the practice. It may be months before I find out why she doesn't do it. I don't have any need for appointments with her until the dog's next annual.

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It's a first for me. What reason did she give you?
The scheduling secretary told me she doesn't do spays. I didn't ask. She might not have known anyway.

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(waste her time doing low margin elective surgeries).

Most areas have spay/neuter clinics. Even the burgh. LINK
That can't be it. Some of the surgeries she did for me were very low cost. She did a 1k surgery for $300 once for me when my husband was disabled for a year. She's not an "in it for the money" type vet. That's one of the reasons I like her so much. She doesn't push extra services and tests on us like other vets do.

I'm aware there are clinics. They're hours, days and locations aren't convenient for me. I don't mind paying more for her to be spayed at a regular vet office.

She is older and works part-time. Is it possible it's a more complicated surgery she's no longer comfortable doing? Is it possible she quit doing surgeries that require general anesthesia? All of the surgeries she has done for us have been twilight anesthesia.
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Old 10-23-2013, 05:25 PM
 
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Very strange! I'm really curious as to why.

I've heard of (and known) some vets who don't believe in pediatric spay/neuter, or vets who (quite properly) won't do surgery on an animal with some health issues but never have I heard of one who flat won't do this very basic and common procedure. I hope you post back with her reasons!
Okay. Since enough people agree this is very strange, I'm going to call tomorrow to see if I can find out why.
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Old 10-23-2013, 05:51 PM
 
Location: SE Michigan
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Okay. Since enough people agree this is very strange, I'm going to call tomorrow to see if I can find out why.
Seems wierd that a vet would quit doing surgeries that require complete sedation and a vet assistant typically helps out anyway.

I've had some very complex specialty surgical procedures done only by specialists that required only mild sedation (eye surgery, joint imaging) and while it is major surgery, a spay is so commonplace that I imagine most vets could do it blindfolded, practically.

I'll check back later!
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Old 10-23-2013, 06:20 PM
 
Location: Pittsburgh area
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She is older and works part-time. Is it possible it's a more complicated surgery she's no longer comfortable doing? Is it possible she quit doing surgeries that require general anesthesia? All of the surgeries she has done for us have been twilight anesthesia.
Maybe that is it. Or maybe it's just more recent that she's eased off some of these things. When was the last surgery she did for you?

I surely don't have enough experience with different vets to know, but it sounds like from others something that would be fairly uncommon. But throwing in the idea that she's working part time, I could see avoiding spending that time in surgery for the most part, or at least in routine surgeries like this. I could see her thinking along the lines that the best use of her time that is spent there would be diagnosing patients not being tied up for a routine spay surgery.

I'd bet that is it.
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