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Old 22.05.2011, 13:29
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Re: Cost for pets to be spayed/neutered

Hi Meloncollie,
The problem is that I am not so experienced and she is not easy to predict being so young. The risk is too high for her also for the fact that she has lots of health problems already and there is a high chance she will transmit many of them.

About the male dog, he has already changed once his owner. He was with the original family, then they sold him and now the new family cannot keep him any longer. I would be the third one and if he has also to pass through a fourth temporary one when he is so young I am not sure it's going to be good for him.

It was already a problem for the actual owner I didn't took him yesterday (because he didnt have the antirabbic vaccination) and we were able to negotiate for 21 days from that (he is in France!).

But if the month of her heat would be sufficient for keeping them away I can check if the original owner (the one with the boy's parents) can keep him for a while. I am just not sure when the heat will arrive and for how long it will be... last time it lasted for even more than one month. And I do not want him to be sent from one place to the other.

But let's see tomorrow with the vet. However, I am not sure he will be seeing her tomorrow directly and until I do not have an expert to look at her, I will not be sure she is close or not to heat....

Just read also messages from Mrs. Doolittle and Tractor Queen. Yes, I think I will have to wait for him because I am not sure he is completely grown up (as at 6 months he is already taller than mine and apparently his father was even taller he will probably grow a little more. So I will try to investigate about my girl and check with the boy's owner if they can ask the "original family" to keep him for one month if needed.

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Old 22.05.2011, 20:24
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Spaying our bc bitch cost 850 CHF for reference.
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Old 22.05.2011, 22:17
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Re: Cost for pets to be spayed/neutered

Thanks Swissbob... at least I will be prepared when he tells me the price. But it is shocking high!!! Luckly, it's one off.

Meloncollie, I think I took a final decision! I will take him in any case in three weeks time. In case my girl is really coming into heat by the time he is with us I can put him in pension during the day (so I avoid the problem of having to check them during the day) and I will pick him up when I am back from the office. In this way, I can walk him and train him little by little in the evenings and he can socialize with my girl under my control. During the night, it will be easier to separate them at home. And then in the more "dangerous days" I can keep him full day in the pension. And the same, if she is ok instead and I can sterilize her, I will keep him in the pension until she is not completely ok.

I think this would be a perfect temporary solution and will avoid a shock for the male.

First step, checking with the vet about my girl's situation--- I will keep you posted.
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Old 23.05.2011, 10:04
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Re: Cost for pets to be spayed/neutered

Sounds like a sensible plan, Moon. Sounds like this poor little guy has had a rocky start and needs a loving stable home. Good on ya for taking him on, and being willing to go the extra mile despite the timing difficulties.

Do you know of a good pension, in case it becomes necessary?

While it may mean a lot of juggling at first, this time will go by quickly - what's a few weeks in light of 10-15 years of loving companionship?

Hope all goes well with the vet, and that he can help you work out the best timing to have both dogs safely neutered/spayed.



ETA:

If your vet doesn't think that your girl is coming into season.... there is a possibility that the marked interest that the boy showed could be related to another scent. Have you noticed that your girl has recently started to need to urinate more frequently? You might ask the vet if a urinary tract infection is possible.


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Oh, and we NEED pictures!
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Old 23.05.2011, 10:44
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Re: Cost for pets to be spayed/neutered

Hı! I have nearby my place a "refuge" for dogs and cats. They work with the animal protection in Switzerland and they also have dogs/cats for adoption so I am confident they treat animals really well in their pension. I never needed it for my girl but I have been there a few times and I saw they really care about animals.

Before he arrives I will go and explain them the situation. Being so close to where I live it will be easy for me to bring him in the morning and take him back after work. And then during the weekend he will stay with us and one day a week when my husband is at home he will also stay with us. (Of course, this is plan B in case my girl is in heat).

I called my vet today and I have an appointment in the afternoon to check if she is in heat or not. However, he asked me for more than 900CHF for sterilize her!! I called another vet that I know is also good and he asked me between 500 and 600CHF. I think I will change vet this time because I have never been happy with mine and I cannot justify why he is so expensive! Do you know what happen if I change vet? Does the new vet need to inform the old one? I am only scared in case for emergency I need to go to the old in the future and he is a bit vindicative.... That was the only reason why I didnt change him so far.... but now I had enough.

About the urinary tract infection... you could actually be right. I am not taking her out more often but before she used to urinate once for walk but recently she has been urinating twice for walk... I will ask my old vet to check today.

Thanks for all your support... and yes, I will send pictures once the boy arrives
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Re: Cost for pets to be spayed/neutered

If you are unhappy with a vet - for whatever reason - don't hesitate to change.

If you are worried about a vet being vindictive, that enough is a reason to change!

The relationship between a vet and patient (human and animal) is critical to delivering good care.

I've done a fair amount of 'shopping around' in order to find what I consider the appropriate care for my mutts. I've met some excellent vets with top notch skills - but none the less just not the right person for us.

I have had some 'difficult' dogs; it takes more than excellent veterinary skill to care for a few of my guys, the mutt and vet need to 'click' - as a stressed out animal is very difficult to treat. And the vet and I need to 'click' as well. I can be a rather demanding customer (OK - I can be a right PITA when it comes to my mutts ), I need a vet who is willing to put up with me.

Nothing wrong with changing vets, you don't need tell the old vet you are doing so, simply make an appointment with the new vet and see how it goes. Just make sure you give the new vet as detailed a history of your dog's care to date as possible.

You can always ask for copies of tests results, etc., and give these to your new vet.

Good luck!
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Old 23.05.2011, 11:27
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Yes, I think I will. I went with him because he could speak English but he never understood much my girl.

Most of the time his treatments had more side effects than benefits and I never felt confortable with him (except for the language). I will go to him just for the check today since I already booked but then I will try with the other.

Thanksa again!!!

Of course, he was not able to tell me anything. He only looked at her and then because I told him about the other dog sniffing her he said it's better to wait. I booked on Wednesday with the other vet who promised a more scientific way to check than a "look" (through a kind of smear test). This is my last try. If the second vet is not completely sure she is far from her season... I will let it go and put the boy in pension in case she gets it when he is with us.
For sure I will not go to my previous vet any longer.... I had really enough of paying for nothing.

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Old 26.05.2011, 21:39
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You can't believe but she has not vaccinated him yet... It's not clear to me what she is playing at. She repeats she cannot keep him and she could not find an appointment for the vaccination before end of this month.
But the boy cannot be imported before the 21 days from vaccination are passed.. so let's wait
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