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View Poll Results: Which option should I choose for Snipe?
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Old 12-07-2012, 12:04 PM
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Default Spaying Decisions

So Snipe is wrapping up her second heat and is now about 20 months old. This means that she will be spayed in 3 months. I'm super happy to be going down to one intact female finally, but am already spazzing about all the details I need to get figured out in the next two months, so I figured I'd get some input from others on my options.

So far here are my options:

1. Traditional spay at my current vet. My vet has been in practice for over 20 years, they were happy to talk about their methods (small incision, glue instead of stiches, laser used to improve healing post surgery) and are generally good about listening to me. Dogs are monitored by a tech and hooked up to a pulse/ox machine during surgery. Snipe could come home the same day. I've not seen their work first hand, though. $200 + $50 optional bloodwork.

2. Traditional spay at the shelter I used to work at. High volume clinic, but I know the doctor's skill first hand, I know they do a good job pre and post surgery, etc. Dogs are monitored by the vet and hooked up to a pulse/ox machine during surgery. Snipe would come home the same day, but it's a 3 hour drive, so it would mean a full day off of work for me. This is the cheapest option by far: $60 + $50 optional bloodwork.

3. Consult with repro vet to determine options, perhaps doing just an ovarioectomy. Have her spayed there using laser. Vet is a reproductive specialist with many years in practice, but I haven't seen her spay work. Lots of friends who breed swear by her though. Most expensive option: $90 consult plus $300+ including bloodwork for the spay.

Thoughts? Other options I may not have thought of? Questions I should ask?
Erin, Ziva, Kestrel, Aerten, and Snipe
Always in our hearts: The Amazing Maggie Mae

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