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Last Post by Beka27 at 1/29/2010 10:23 AM (18 Replies)
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User is Offline OhBellaBunBun
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1/25/2010 6:55 PM

So you know how there are a lot of organizations now that help pay for costs of neutering and spaying in cats and dogs... Are there any for bunnies? Just curious. The rabbit vet here said it would be about $400 to get her spayed. I'm going to have to save up for that and I really would've like to have it done months ago. My boyfriend and I have both lost our jobs so money is definitely tight. I know it's worth it for my little baby though! Is $400 the norm or is that excessive?


User is Offline Monkeybun
Hillsboro, Oregon
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1/25/2010 7:35 PM
For Monkey it was just over $200 total, for the surgery, anesthetic, fluids during surgery, after care pain meds, the whole works. You may want to call around to different rabbit vets and see if there are any lower priced ones.. not too low tho, too low in my mind means lower amount of care as well. You could also check what all is going to be done for your bun for that price tag.

User is Offline rosalie68
Iowa, USA
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1/25/2010 8:20 PM
i think 400 is closer to the high end. i would call around too and see what other prices you get and ask how many rabbits they have altered. the higher places i called were around 300 but i found quite a few that do spays for about 150. spays are more costly than neuteres but i dont think i would pay 400 bucks for one. it might have something to do with where you live too. i think bigger cities have higher rates.

kim
Kim ---> Charlie & Jack, Julia, Zoey, & Ross

User is Offline jsamansk
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1/25/2010 9:17 PM

I called my vet (different one than the one I talked of earlier, switched a while back) and they said $120 for males...and I was complaining about that!...but now I see how much you'll are paying and I'm not complaining anymore.


User is Offline Sarita
(Dallas)
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1/26/2010 5:55 AM
Honestly vet costs vary so widely. I've only seen one place in California that gives some breaks for spaying and neutering rabbits.

You do need to make sure that the vets have experience with rabbits that's really the most important thing.

User is Offline Elrohwen
Hudson Valley, NY
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1/26/2010 6:34 AM
My ver charged almost $400 for a male, so I'm sure a female would be at least that. However, the vet is located in an extremely wealthy area, so I understand why their costs are higher. It honestly varies so much by region and can even vary town to town within a region. I would see if you can find some more exotic vets in your area and ask for prices. I was limited in my choices and they were all expensive, but you may get lucky and find something closer to $200.
- Elrohwen

User is Offline jerseygirl
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1/26/2010 9:35 PM

Def look into it. Someone posted here recently about one of these programs in CA that included rabbits. I also did a search of another State out of curiosity and though it didn't say specific animals, their statistic of animals done thru the program listed 1 rabbit. Do an online search for your State or ring around and ask specifically about rabbits. I just typed in "Low cost spay/neuter + (name of State)" in a search.

Whoever says "It's only a rabbit" has obviously never loved a rabbit.

User is Offline OhBellaBunBun
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1/27/2010 12:11 AM
Thanks, I'll check.

I live in a smaller town in Kentucky, but the vet I am talking about is one of those ahaa or whatever lol certified. So that may be why, they have a few vets here, one in my town, one in a nearby and they have a pet resort/spa too. but i'll definitely check around! Bun is dutch so she is a smaller breed so I'm just worried about those tiny parts inside, you know?

User is Offline jerseygirl
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1/27/2010 3:22 AM

This rabbit rescue lists some places. rabbit.rescueme.org/Kentucky  Though they could just list all spay neuter clinics, so whether they actually do rabbits, you'll have to investigate. I will also suggest you verify the particular vets are experienced in rabbit spays etc.  How old is Bella?

Whoever says "It's only a rabbit" has obviously never loved a rabbit.

User is Offline Kokaneeandkahlua
Edmonton, Alberta; Canada
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1/27/2010 5:41 AM
I paid around 400$ for Kahlua's spay-it varies If the vet is good-that doesn't sound excessive to me

User is Offline OhBellaBunBun
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1/27/2010 7:46 PM
Wow, thanks! I had looked online but never found that website. there is a human society in our town which i had no idea they did rabbits! sweet! i'll have to call them and see if that is correct. i also didn't know we had a rabbit adoption place. maybe in the future if i decide to get bella bun a friend i'll check there. also, she is probably around a year now. i'm not sure of the exact age, i got her from a pet store.

User is Offline OhBellaBunBun
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1/27/2010 7:52 PM
okay so apparently the website for ky's rabbit rescue is no longer used... i wonder if they are completely gone. that makes me sad. i was going to see if i could volunteer or something.

User is Offline Beka27
Cleveland, Ohio (USA)
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1/28/2010 12:25 AM
Don't be afraid to contact some vets outside of your area. Sometimes driving just an hour away can save you half on the surgery and still get you a very experienced vet.
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User is Offline OhBellaBunBun
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1/28/2010 8:42 PM
Is it okay for her to be in the car for that long after the surgery? I was afraid that her being in a car for so long would be bad for her. I know bunnies don't vomit, but just the general discomfort she might experience or anxiety?

User is Offline Beka27
Cleveland, Ohio (USA)
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1/29/2010 12:43 AM

Don't worry about the multiple posts. It just happens sometimes... the Forum Leaders will cruise by and delete any extras... ;o)

I would say that Yes, it's alright for her to be in the car that long. You are going to have a carrier with something soft in the bottom. She'll be pretty "out of it" anyways and you will be driving straight home. Of course, it's your call what you want to do. If you are not comfortable with a longer drive, you can keep looking around your area for cheaper prices, just be aware you may not find them and you may need to pay more. Look at all of your options. If vets further away are only a little bit less, than I probably wouldn't bother...

Edited to add:  Also... I live in the suburbs, and I'm a little bit spoiled.  I have a few great rabbit vets within 5-15 minutes of me.  Other members in more rural areas have to regularly drive 30-60 minutes away to get to the CLOSEST rabbit-savvy vet.  So it is possible to do.  Not everyone has a rabbit vet down the street.

Meadow..... Photobucket ...... Max, my angel bunny

User is Offline kralspace
West, Texas
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1/29/2010 6:14 AM
I understand your concerns about the car ride, I had them too. To get Pringles spayed by the vet that did all the rescue bunnies, I had a nearly 2 hour each way drive and she did fine. Since the vet's office knew about us they scheduled us for the first surgery of the morning at 8am and then kept her until a bit after 3 so I could still get out of town before the hellish rush hour traffic started.

They wanted to keep her as long as possible to make sure she was ok be e we started out, and she had plenty of pain medicine. I had a thick quilt in the back of the car to put her carrier on, thick towels in the carrier and then some boxes and blankets to block the carrier in so it wouldn't slide around if I hit the brakes. A bit of overkill I guess but I wasn't used to driving in Dallas and didn't want to give her a rough ride. She did fine, slept most of the way home.

I feel she not only got much better care than I could find in waco, but it was only $160 total (pain meds included) compared to $475 in Waco with a vet I didn't really trust. (Pain meds would have been another $100) I had to leave home around 5am but I just slept in the car most of the morning and caught up on my reading until I could go into recovery with her.
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User is Offline Elrohwen
Hudson Valley, NY
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1/29/2010 6:18 AM
My primary vet is at least 45 minutes from our house, so there's always a long trip to and from for any check ups or procedures (at least I can get nail trims closer to home). I wouldn't worry about the trip at all. She will most likely sit very quietly in a corner of her carrier until she is home. Just make sure you pad the bottom of the carrier so she doesn't slide around and scramble.
- Elrohwen

User is Offline MirBear
Kitchener, Ont. Ca.
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1/29/2010 6:24 AM

most of the vets aroung here want at leasy $250... more are closer to $350.... i need to get 2 female bunnies spayed im not old enough to get a job and my mom wont help at alll .. and no vet will give me a break.... personally im just tierd of all this... im sorry but it cost less to get 2 cats spayed than to get a male bunny fixed... these vets around here are just being rediculously greedy...

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User is Offline Beka27
Cleveland, Ohio (USA)
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1/29/2010 10:23 AM

Mirbear, exotic vets can charge more for routine procedures b/c they are more delicate animals and the additional training required is extensive. Like with any profession, there will be those that may appear "greedy", but you also need to take other factors into consideration, such as overhead and quality of care. Keep in mind, you had other options available to you. If you would have adopted rabbits that were already spay/neutered this would not have been an issue for you.

Meadow..... Photobucket ...... Max, my angel bunny
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