The time has almost come for River Ghost to be spayed. Although I am going with my "family vet" for the procedure this time, I am very curious about the low-cost spay clinics.
My vet charges a total of $270 for a spay - this includes a pre-anesthetic screening to make sure there won't be an unforeseen allergic reaction, the actual surgery itself, and an overnight stay at the vet. In addition, the vet has laser surgery equipment, though I'm not sure if it's used on spay surgeries or only declawings.
In contrast, I could get a cat spayed at a local low-cost spay program for about $45 - $60. If any of you have gone this route, were you glad that you did? What kind of service did you get?
Again, I'm not considering this for River because my vet has been dealing with her already for the past month and knows her history very well. This same vet also spayed my Shade about a year ago and she was great to work with. But I'd be lying if I said that the cost isn't a problem. River came into our life so unexpectedly that we are having a hard time coming up with the funds for the vet bills (but I have been taking on some extra work and selling stuff to help pay for it), and I can't help but think that the next time I get a cat, I'd rather avoid the high cost of spay surgery at my family vet.
Any suggestions or personal experience are MUCH appreciated, thanks!!
And just for fun, here's some updated pics of River Ghost