Q. Hello, I have a 7 month 4 pound poodle and I like to spay her , but my vet which I know her for 27 year want to almost $700.00 dollars what should Ido

A. The price of spays have really gone up, and if it has been a while since you had to pay for this service you may be in shock as to what the going rate is. I would call around to some other clinics and get an estimate. Some quotes for spays just cover the basic surgery, then some factor in the "add ons" like doing a blood panel before the surgery, fluids during surgery, pain meds after surgery. Its important to note which items are included or not in the quote. I am not saying to cut corners but there are some instances where all of these may not always be applicable for your dog. I would get 2-4 estimates from other clinics in your area so you can see if these costs are reasonable and on par with the "going rate". If you are low income, check with your local city/municipality as some offer low cost, no cost spay and neuter programs. You may also check with local rescue/shelters as some offer greatly reduced services or assistance through various programs they may offer. Hope some of those suggestions help and thank you for spaying your pet.

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