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Cost of neutering a dog

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Lumisade Sat 20-Oct-18 07:25:54

How much did you pay to get your dog neutered? My vets gave me a quote of £260 and it seems rather high.

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MossyOilTank Sat 20-Oct-18 07:28:37

Male or female dog? You need to find out what you're getting for that price. What's included varies, different practices offer different levels of care. Would you think £260 was a lot for you to have a general anaesthetic and invasive surgery plus aftercare?

fleshmarketclose Sat 20-Oct-18 07:31:12

I paid £100 to get my bitch spayed. There is a pricelist on our vet's website here

EmmaGellerGreen Sat 20-Oct-18 07:33:11

About £130 for a cocker spaniel. Our vet says that they neuter for close to cost to incentivise neutering of dogs.

BiteyShark Sat 20-Oct-18 07:35:46

Around £220 for a large dog, slightly less for a smaller dog (goes on weight).

MossyOilTank Sat 20-Oct-18 07:36:57

People shouldn't be incentivised, in my opinion, neutering is something which should be discussed and weighed up with every owner on a case by case basis. I think when he said incentivise he meant "loss leader" ;)

Terfzilla Sat 20-Oct-18 07:38:02

Ring up lots of vets and get quotes.

I did this for a small animal op and it ranged from £90 to £450 for same procedure!

BiteyShark Sat 20-Oct-18 07:38:21

I did chuckle though on the 'slightly high'. Having seen how much things cost and have claimed for many scans and surgeries a couple of hundred pounds seems very cheap grin

Lumisade Sat 20-Oct-18 07:38:23

@fleshmarketclose Thanks, it looks like your vets would charge £100 to castrate my dog. Quite a price disparity!

@MossyOilTank The £260 includes the procedure, anaesthetic, collar and no blood tests.

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Hemlock2013 Sat 20-Oct-18 07:40:24

I just had my jack Russell pup done. Was £140.

Terfzilla Sat 20-Oct-18 07:40:28

Dogs trust may also be able to help...

Who are in receipt of any of the following means-tested benefits:

Income support
Jobseeker’s Allowance
ESA
Child Tax Credit
Working tax credit
Housing Benefit
Council Tax reduction/ Council tax Support
Universal Credit
Pension Credit
A tenant of the NI Housing Executive
And who are looking to neuter dogs of the following breeds:

Staffordshire Bull Terrier
Mastiff
Rottweiler
American Bull Dog
Greyhound
Lurcher
Akita
Husky
Malamute
German Shepherd
Samoyed
Jack Russell Terrier
Border Collie
Crossbreeds where one of the breeds is identifiable as one of those listed

BiteyShark Sat 20-Oct-18 07:41:45

I think if you just care about the cost then shop around as it's private medicine so will be different at each vet.

However, even if I could get things cheaper in other vets I like continuity and would happily pay extra to stay with my vets because I like the care they give.

Terfzilla Sat 20-Oct-18 07:53:28

Funnily enough the cheapest vets in my area is the most attentive and has won awards for that.

The more expensive vet just seems to care about money over the animals welfare or the owners feelings.

adaline Sat 20-Oct-18 07:57:01

It'll depend on the vet, the area and the breed in my experience.

Our local vet is a farm vet and their prices are a hell of a lot cheaper than our old urban surgery used to charge. Their premises might not be as flashy and shiny but the care is fab and the prices are more than reasonable.

fleshmarketclose Sat 20-Oct-18 08:03:36

Our vets is a new practice in direct competition with a very long established practice so prices are competitive. I like the new vet though so will stay with him if the prices rise anyway.

totallyliterally Sat 20-Oct-18 08:07:40

We use our local vets 4 pets and they are excellent. Ours was £130 for female dog.

But ask around for recommendations for vets. Before we got our dog (I had used the vets for our cat before) I visited some of the older more traditional vets and wasn't impressed at all.

psicat Sat 20-Oct-18 08:12:23

What size dog? Male or female? What breed? That can make a difference to the anaesthetic etc.
Area makes a difference and some vets are expensive (they all are in this area). If near West London the mayhew animal home do low cost neutering and free for bull breeds. Or may be something similar or your area.

Panicmode1 Sat 20-Oct-18 08:15:15

My golden retriever was about £280 all in.

Aquilla Sat 20-Oct-18 08:17:55

Paid £320 but in a posh village. Definitely shop around (I wish I had).

Beaverhausen Sat 20-Oct-18 08:23:19

Dogs are a lot more expensive than cats, but have a look at your local RSPCA they sometimes have vet clinics on one day a week where castrations are done for about £20 - £50 but you need to be in receipt of benefits unfortunately. So if you know someone who claims they might be able to take woofles for you.

Villanellesproudmum Sat 20-Oct-18 08:28:16

Our female dog was spayed recently and it’s charged by weight, she is 10kg and It cost £204 including medication, two follow up appointments and the stitches removed.

Wolfiefan Sat 20-Oct-18 08:30:54

Find out what it includes.
What breed? My dog would be expensive to spay. Giant breed means more meds and she would need heart monitoring when under anaesthetic.
Male or female makes a difference.

BiscuitDrama Sat 20-Oct-18 08:33:39

Off on a tangent a bit, but does anyone know why those breeds are the ones that qualify on the Dogs Trust list? Why birder collie or greyhound, for example?

BiteyShark Sat 20-Oct-18 08:37:06

BiscuitDrama I would guess, and it is just a guess, that they see those breeds the most in rescues so if someone is thinking of cost then they may get them neutered and also not tempted later to breed for money

Would be interested to know if I am right or if there is another reason.

missbattenburg Sat 20-Oct-18 12:24:24

That would be my guess, too Bitey

Coincidentally, we were looking at all the dogs on the Dogs Trust site last night to look at breed frequency. All those listed above were the ones we saw the most frequently - with lurchers, greyhounds, border collies and staffies occupying the very top spots.

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