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Old 01-06-2011, 08:05 PM
 
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Well since I just spent over $1000 for 2 xrays and pulling 4 incisors and stitching up gums..(dog did a number on his mouth in a freak accident) .......it sounds like a downright bargain. of course for another dog a root canal on a damaged canine was $1500 and this one may wind up with that as well due to the impact.........[it is an upper canine. They typically DO root canals on those because of the possible problems with pulling those particular teeth......NOT a cosmetic thing at all]
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Old 01-06-2011, 09:45 PM
 
Location: North Western NJ
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location definatly plays a part in it all...
here in CT $400 isnt unsual for a larger breed dog...

ive seen some spay/neuter clinics do fantastic jobs, but ive also seen the work done by regular vets to fix the butcher job done by other clinics, so always try and find reviews from people who have used the specific clinincs in the past.
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Old 01-07-2011, 06:42 AM
 
Location: Kenmore, WA
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Compared to the expense on the general public for sheltering, feeding, or killing unwanted pets resulting from not altering, it seems a real savings. If you have concerns about the cost, a nearby shelter may help you defray the expense. It's cheaper for them to subsidize (if they have contributions from well-wishers to help), than to have unwanted pups.

Did the breeder not talk with you about total cost of ownership?
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Old 01-07-2011, 06:46 AM
 
Location: South Carolina
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Im sorry but to me that is not exspensive , in regards to the op . I agree that it depends on location . im sorry but to me south florida has the most expensive vets and vet care I have ever seen . when my granny lived down there she would tell me some of the costs that she had to pay and i was like wow . I must also agree with another poster who said they would never have a surgery done at petco , I agree .
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Old 01-07-2011, 01:00 PM
 
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Say thought I would give some numbers since my dog recently had his $1000 surgery (this was emergency but was normal hours at vet no emergency surcharges)-but I forgot while he was under I did a dental cleaning I was going to schedule. (I did not count the routine immunizations, routine exam, and teeth cleaning - the whole bill was $1300)

Complete wellness blood panel superchem, CBC, Urinalysis,Thyroid, and HW test $96.80
IV=26.27
Pre-Anesthesia - 28.01
Anesthesia/op room other charges (dental package but the cleaning was separate)-242.43 which included 90 minutes of isoflurane
Hospital per day $48
Clindamycin (antibiotic) $61

You know there IS a chemical castration protocol for dogs...I don't know of the relative problems but your dog is in the age range for it to work.......for me, I still would choose to wait for the growth plates to close.........
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