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post #1 of 26 Old 01-18-2012, 05:27 PM Thread Starter
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I've been searching for about two months for my perfect dog in my price range. I originally wanted to buy from a shelter but that didn't pan out in the end and just left me upset about how they handled things (completely different story). So I've been looking around and found her today. She'll be ready to go in two days, the color I want, the personality, and in my price range. Only down fall? She has an umbilical hernia.

I've done some research and it says its nothing to worry about and that the vet will fix it when they get neutered. How much would it cost and is it worth it?

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post #2 of 26 Old 01-18-2012, 05:42 PM
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I just called my husbands office to get a price on repairing an umbilical hernia.
WE do live in a small town and his prices are about 20-25% cheeper than St. Louis. A neuter is $155 and the hernia is another $75. Every breed has a rescue, Lab rescue, dalmation rescue ect., have you tried there?
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post #3 of 26 Old 01-18-2012, 05:44 PM
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They do it when they neuter the dog. Is it worth it? It does need to be done, not something you can ignore.
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I just called my husbands office to get a price on repairing an umbilical hernia.
WE do live in a small town and his prices are about 20-25% cheeper than St. Louis. A neuter is $155 and the hernia is another $75. Every breed has a rescue, Lab rescue, dalmation rescue ect., have you tried there?
Ok thank you! That is great news! Where I live I can get neuter for like $50 if I do it through the college, which I plan on doing. I'm getting her for less then $60 so I could work with having to pay $75 for the hernia fix. I think, I've contacted all the shelters in my area and they don't have anything I'd be interested in. (has to be good with cats & dogs, under a year, and a female)

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They do it when they neuter the dog. Is it worth it? It does need to be done, not something you can ignore.
I was asking if it was worth buying the pup, not if it was worth fixing or not. Lol.

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post #5 of 26 Old 01-18-2012, 05:54 PM
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My dog also had a hernia that had to be corrected when we got her fixed. If I recall correctly, it was around 200 for everything. Her recover also took longer than my mom's dog who did not have any extra issues to be fixed when she got spayed, but we used different vets so that might have been part of it.

You just have to weigh the pro's and con's and decide if the added expense is worth it. Good luck!
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A spay on a female is more expensive than a neuter on a male, at least by $75 or more.
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Thank you! I'm actually making a pros & cons list right now! Its what I do when I'm in doubt!

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post #8 of 26 Old 01-18-2012, 06:06 PM Thread Starter
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A spay on a female is more expensive than a neuter on a male, at least by $75 or more.
I always mix those two up. :p My Aunt just had her female done about a month ago and it was $75 because she had to stay for extra time after, so I don't imagine it being too high.

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post #9 of 26 Old 01-18-2012, 06:23 PM
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The 2 vets I worked for(2 different hospitals) both did a hernia repair no cost with a spay/neuter. I would say if you like the dog it is well worth it. You can also call the place you plan on taking her to and ask how much extra a hernia repair is. Usually they are pretty cheap because they are easy to fix.
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post #10 of 26 Old 01-18-2012, 06:33 PM
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Your best bet is just to call the vet and ask for an estimate, that way you have solid information to go with. Prices vary hugely- from an extra $20 to double the cost of the spay. Best to know for sure rather than guessing!

I would do it myself if I liked the dog since it's a one time thing, and nothing on the lifetime expense of any animal. Better to pay a little more up front to get the critter who is going to fit well in my life than cheap out on the start and wind up with an animal who will never be quite what I wanted/needed.
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