Dog Castration Cost

Hi, please can anyone tell me how much it cost for them to have their dog castrated? My vets has said it will be £172.75. I have no idea if this is reasonable or not.

If not, once registered at a vets are you able to go elsewhere for this operation if it was cheaper? I'd never consider a franchise vets due to the issues raised on here before but wondered if you have to stick with where you are registered?
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  • ameliarate
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    edited 23 February 2011 at 12:33PM
    I suspect that cost is about right but why not ring a couple of vets and ask? You don't have to go to the one you are registered with.
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  • The cost depends on the size of your dog and where in the country you are. For Manchester that is probably expensive, for London it might be reasonable.
    You are free to move vets as often as you want but you would need to tell your new vet so they can ring your old practice and get your clinical history sent over. If you keep chopping and changing though, don't expect the best service as I wont put in the extra effort for someone who is shopping around only on price. Other factors such as customer service and facilities are just as important and actually, in surveys, cost is a minor consideration for most people, VALUE is much more important. Whatever you do, dont use two vets at the same time for the same condition. This is not only bad for your pet but I would tell you to pick one of us and stay there or get lost. It is unfair on everyone to do that.
  • kazschow
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    that's about what I paid for my boy last year, it goes by weight age etc. My boy was 3 and 30.5kg's. I'm sure I could have shopped around, but I trust my vet, so was happy with this cost.
  • I live in Bristol so I guess the price is about right for a 2yr old dog. This is my first dog so I haven't had to consider this before. The vets I go to is very good but after so many people have said to me about how expensive it is there, I did wonder about the cost. My dog is my world though so rest assured I'd only go elsewhere if I was completely satisfied that they would also offer good care.
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  • catlou
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    What breed / size dog is he? That seems to make the most difference in price.
  • He's an English Springer Spaniel and weighs approx 22KG
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  • catlou
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    edited 22 February 2011 at 1:54PM
    I know the price can vary dramatically but that does seem quite a lot for a medium size dog?

    I paid £60 in my local vets (who are very reasonable) 2yrs ago my dog is 10kg.

    Vets4pets sometimes do very good offers on neutering if there is one close to you.

    http://www.vets4pets.com/index.asp
  • catlou wrote: »
    I know the price can vary dramatically but that does seem quite a lot for a medium size dog?

    I paid £60 in my local vets (who are very reasonable) 2yrs ago my dog is 10kg.

    Vets4pets sometimes do very good offers on neutering if there is one close to you.

    http://www.vets4pets.com/index.asp

    At £60 they will barely cover their costs - I suspect they're using it as a loss leader. Be sure to check if the price includes pain control, buster collar and check ups.
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  • catlou
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    edited 22 February 2011 at 7:22PM
    albacookie wrote: »
    At £60 they will barely cover their costs - I suspect they're using it as a loss leader. Be sure to check if the price includes pain control, buster collar and check ups.


    Sorry if my previous post was a bit misleading! :o

    My dog wasn't neutered at vets4pets I was suggesting to check them as they sometimes do good offers (which probably are loss leaders!)

    My dog was neutered at my local independent vets the £60 wasn't an offer it was just their standard price for neutering a small dog as I'm not entitled to PDSA or anything like that. It did also include everything mentioned above and a check up.

    I do think that vets should try and make neutering as affordable as they can - to encourage the responsible owners that do have to pay for it, especially with the amount of abandoned dogs and dogs that are being destroyed in this country.:(
  • I had my 32kg Labrador 'done' a week ago in Berks. It was about the same price as you quoted (£170ish with VAT) for the operation, pain relief, after care appointments and buster collar. I also opted for the blood test to check that my dog was healthy enough to undergo surgery (not a guarantee, I know, but added peace of mind was worth it), which was about £40. Make sure you know the price inclusive of VAT as this adds a bit. I am also a member of the 'Healthy Pet Club' which gives me a 10% discount on everything, including this neutering. That costs me about £15/month and covers all worming/flea treatments, boosters and checkups.
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