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    My mums dogs i dont think have had boosters in a long time... our german shepherd was pts at the grand old age of 16.5 and was never sick... guess its just personal choice. Diesel just got over kennel cough a few months back even though he is vaccinated so who knows
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    I think it's like with everything, try and find a vet that you feel confident about. Which will most likely be somewhere in between the cheapest and the most expensive. The cheapest might cut costs on some important thing to be able to offer a competitive price and I'd be weary. I'm sure there are exceptions! Maybe some of them are just really passionate about desexing and drop their fees because of that.

    The most expensive ones I rarely trust because their over-inflated fees tell me that they're too focused on making money and I always think that they care less about the animals because of that. I'm sure that's not always the case, but that's usually how I make a decision on those things. I also like to be told exactly what my money is paying for and ideally I want to be given some options.

    The cheapest I found here in Canberra when I called around for a friend's dog was around $180. I think it was a fixed price though, not depending on size/weight. I think that's about the same as the RSPCA vet charges pensioners. Their full price is around $210-230, I seem to remember.

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    The place i just called made me feel really comfortable. They explained all the needles detroit will recieve explained Diesels booster etc. They are the cheapest i found but they have specials on things every month and this month was microchipping which is something Detroit will be getting along with his first needles so making them competitive to everybody elses price
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    Vaccinating for Kennel Cough is like vaccinating for the flu. There are lots of different strains and it constantly mutates so KC Vacc covers the day to day strands of KC but not new stands etc. KC isn't deadly unless left unattended or in very young pups anyways.

    They have changed it now so you can get 3 yearly vaccs. The problem with it is most kennels, obedience clubs etc expect yearly vaccs to accept your dog.

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    I use a vet practice close to home and another vet practice further away - but the vet is president of my dog club so it's handy for other reasons.

    My dog club vet is way more expensive than the vet practice close to home. Not entirely sure why.

    Different locations would have different expenses eg rent or rates would vary. It would also depend on what staff they had and what equipment. The one that is far away has a rehab pool and underwater treadmill and a dog exercise area and a small air conditioned boarding kennel etc. Ie a lot more equipment than the close one. And the real estate in that area is generally more expensive too so their basic costs would be higher.

    The main thing you want to do is find out from other people who have had their dogs desexed - is what they thought of the op and post op care. I recently read a horror thread about a desex op that went wrong. In here. Wouldn't want that vet to desex another dog. I wouldn't chase the cheapest price. You may end up with an inexperienced or incompetent vet.

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    The one thing i'd be asking about is if they inderstand that giants need to be treated diffrently to other breeds when it comes to anasthesia. I f it sounds like they dont, no matter thier price i wouldnt deal with them. Not sure if you have this site already but its my Bullmastiff bible at the moment.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Keira & Phoenix View Post
    That isn't unusual.

    Things for dogs cost more than if you were buying the exact same thing for a person. It is just how it is.

    D&B - Everywhere is always different in prices of product otherwise we wouldn't be able to shop around and buy the cheapest thing. This goes for vets, dentists, doctors, phamacy, retail, hospitality etc. Vets are a rip off though.
    I often ask my vets for scripts instead of the antibiotics or eardrops if needed, because I can get them cheaper from the pharmacy. But some vets do not like it when you ask. I just use the excuse my dogs are large and the relevant tablet size is easier to get from the Pharmacy
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    im not actually chasing him to be desexed i was just enquiring. They are going into the vets for needles etc.
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    I called up our main vet last week enquiring about giving Diesel the snip... $398... Then called up another vet $258.
    You need to get quotes on the job you actually want done. Some vets might do desex at the lowest cost they can afford or they might be part of the National Desex Network and get subsidised for cheaper desexing ops.

    And they might make up the difference on all the routine stuff.

    There's no point assuming the vet with the cheapest desex price will also have the cheapest vax price.

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    Ummmm i didnt assume they will have the cheapest vaccination price? If you read my post i said i rang up about getting the snip and the prices varied. I also called around about vaccinations and the prices also varied... i made the post commenting on how vet procedures are so different in price at different practices....
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