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Neutering

Hi all ... Mr. Seamus is 15.5 weeks and just went in to the vets for his last round of puppy vaccinations. He weighs 20.5 lbs and is doing wonderfully! Hopefully the giardia is cleared up and his poos continue being good.

Quick question about neutering. I go to a very reputable vet who is known to be a bulldog specialist. She quoted me for neutering Seamus around $650 (which includes staying over night the day of the procedure). Does that sound about right? My sister has an American Mastiff and she got her spayed at a local "Prevent a Litter" non-profit for $35. She is trying to convince me to go somewhere like that to get Seamus done.

What are your opinions about non-profits and neutering with bulldogs? I just want to make sure we choose the best for Mr. Seamus and make sure he gets the best care (but not get ripped off either!).

Thanks!

Bulldogs are Different...

While we are waiting to get Rugby neutered (he is nearly 10 months, but we are going to wait, if we do it at all) but from what I know and have read, putting bulldogs under anesthesia is very serious and needs to be done by an expert. I don't think going the cheaper route is worth it, especially considering you have access to a vet with extensive bulldog experience.

A couple of other things, the reason we are waiting to neuter is because I learned that the male is still developing their blockiness, etc. and if you cut the testosterone early, it could stop their development. 

Have you gotten pet insurance? Strongly recommended with a bulldog... we have already hit our yearly deductible due to Rugs getting pneumonia (I pray that he never gets it again) and it has 100% been worth it. 

neutering..

When I had Gracie fixed it was about $450.00. so it seems a little steep.  Also, Females have more invasive surgery than males when being fixed.  Gracie had to be cut open and I think males don't have to be cut open.  BUT.....I agree that bulldogs are a very special breed and need special attention.  If you have a vet that specializes in bulldogs then maybe $650 is a good price.  You want to get the best care possible! Go with your gut on this one.  also, I completely agree on dog insurance.  if it was any other breed I probably wouldn't have gotten it but the bulldogs can have major health problems so better safe than sorry.  I use Trupanion and I pay about $40 a month with $150 deductible.  It's worth chekcing into. 

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No Neuter/Spay Clinics

for a bulldog IMO.  They need to have a vet very savy with their particular possible issues with anesthesia.  They need a tech to stay with them at all times while they are waking up and the tub needs to remain in them until they are fully awake.  My vet uses Propofol as an induction and Isoflurine.  The quote is a little high, by maybe $100 but it all depends on area. It should include a full blood panel workup prior to surgery and maybe ekg as well to monitor heart during surgery.  Check your quote.

I don't like to do neuters until after 1 year.

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Neutering

Thanks for the info.  We live in Washington DC and everything here is extremely expensive.  They will do a full blood panel before hand and then moniter him while he is under and stay over night.  I think we will probably go with them even though they are expensive since the Vet is a "bulldog specialis" and has done many surgeries on bulldogs.

X-rays while 'under'

We had Gizmo X-ray'd while she was under and they could check her from 'Stem to Stern'  hips etc.  Yes its an added expense. But, it could save her from being put under again for a simple diagnostic xray.

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Most Xrays do not require

the dog to be put under, at times maybe a mild sedative if they are a wild child and some xrays require the dog to be awake.   While I don't disagree that base xrays are great, if you are cost conscious it really isn't necessary. 

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We also go to a bulldog specialist, and Meaty's was

I think  about $250.00-$300.00,  (as was Sophie's spay) but we also picked them up about 6 hours later and took them home.  I like that your vet is keeping

him overnight, but wonder if that's unusual?  I'm glad you've found a vet  who KNOWS bullies,  as many have already told you!  Before we got Meaty,  

 I read A LOT about bulldogs, and I was concerned about finding a "bully-worthy " vet!!!  

...

By the way, I am originally from D.C....I KNOW what you mean about everything being so expensive!  Whoa!   Do y'all 

ever go to the Delaware beaches?  Oh, I MISS them sooo much and love talking to people about them!   I would be SO excited

to take my Meaty and Sophie to Rehoboth or Dewey Beach someday to swim in the Atlantic!!! (when it's not a gazillion degrees,

of course!)  :-) 

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Our sweet Archimedes "MEATY" Bones (or as we say...boneSHHH!)    ---born 11/28/08---- our first bullllyyyy!!!

And  SOPHIE  Bubbles *Rapscallion*   (LOL!) ---born 4/3/11----our second bulllllyyyy!!!!  

Sophie's very first day home with us....awwww........May 2011.......tooo sweet for words!!!

LOL Delaware Beaches...

They are about 30 minutes south of me, and I LOVE the beach, salt air, etc...but HATE the crowds - havent been to the beach 'in season' in YEARS :)

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I remember asking you about Rehoboth beach before...but

I didn't remember that you lived THAT close!!???

If you knew HOW BADLY I want some Grotto pizza and Dolle's caramel corn....oh....em....geeeeeeeee!!!!!!   

I swear one time I almost called Grotto and told 'em I'd pay ANY amount for them to FED-X me one of their pizzas on

dry ice!  LOL!  (not really, but oh, the thought of it is tempting!!!)   NO other pizza like it....!!!

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Our sweet Archimedes "MEATY" Bones (or as we say...boneSHHH!)    ---born 11/28/08---- our first bullllyyyy!!!

And  SOPHIE  Bubbles *Rapscallion*   (LOL!) ---born 4/3/11----our second bulllllyyyy!!!!  

Sophie's very first day home with us....awwww........May 2011.......tooo sweet for words!!!

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sweetie...i made the same

sweetie...i made the same mistake of going slighly more affordable

and it cost me my dog's life...make sure you take him to someone

who has dealt w/neutering bulldogs before...my archie was operated

on and was given back to me 3hrs later...let's just say that it's 6 months

later and my volent thoughts of going to do harm to the idiot that

operated on him have not lessened!!!

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Thanks for all the input.  My

Thanks for all the input.  My husband and I have decided to go with our vets.  Even though its a bit more expensive we feel better knowing that the vet has operated on numerous English Bulldogs before and is known to be a bully specialist.  I would feel absolutely horrible if something happened to Seamus all so we could save some money.  Thanks again for all the help!