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Old 01-04-2012, 09:06 PM
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IV fluids during spay?

For those that have spayed their dog recently, did the vet insist that the dog be on IV fluids during the surgery?

I used to work at a vey clinic years ago and this was not common practice at the time but now they recommend it routinely.

I'm thinking cash grab off the top of my head so I'm interested to hear the opinions of others on the matter.

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The fluids help keep them hydrated, flush out the anesthesia faster, and gives them access to the vein should an emergency arise. From my experience working as a vet tech the dogs that had fluids during surgery tended to recover better from the anesthesia then those that didn't have fluids.

How much is your vet wanting to charge for the IV fulids?
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Much to my surprise, they did not run fluids for our Tessa when she was spayed, and she was wicked dehydrated already (from not being allowed water for 12 hours before). She felt so bad after her spay it took several days for her to start eating and drinking well, so the end result was a very dehydrated, miserable, sorry state of walking skeleton dog! In fact, I ended up giving her some sub-Q fluids to perk her up.

If I had known I needed to ask specifically for IV fluids, I would have. Lesson learned. Now my dog had a particularly hard time with her spay as she was fully mature, and just overall a delicate girl, so I guess it does not always make a difference so much.
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IV fluids are $80CAD, blood work is $60. $28 for pain med post-surgery.
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Our vet charges 250 for a "mature spay". Bloodwork was 80 extra. I don't know what the fluids charge would have been, because I was too ignorant to realize it was an option had I asked!
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Our vet charges 250 for a "mature spay". Bloodwork was 80 extra. I don't know what the fluids charge would have been, because I was too ignorant to realize it was an option had I asked!
Eesh, this vet was quoting $352CAD for a non mature spay and $365 for a mature spay.
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The fluids help keep them hydrated, flush out the anesthesia faster, and gives them access to the vein should an emergency arise. From my experience working as a vet tech the dogs that had fluids during surgery tended to recover better from the anesthesia then those that didn't have fluids.

How much is your vet wanting to charge for the IV fulids?

I guess that makes sense. I wonder why they didn't offer to IV my dog when he was neutered...
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Eesh, this vet was quoting $352CAD for a non mature spay and $365 for a mature spay.
We live in an area where folks have very little money.
The cost of living in general is low here too.
I think our vet's fees are on the low side, so that's not saying your vet is out of line... ours is just inexpensive because people can't afford anything fancy. Our vet works out of an old house, remade (sort of) into a vet office.
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I guess that makes sense. I wonder why they didn't offer to IV my dog when he was neutered...
This is a relatively "new" thing that the vets are starting to really push and require for all pets. The 2 big reasons why vets don't push IV fuids is because owners don't want to cough up the money for the fluids and/or the vets don't have the staff avaliable to do it for every surgery patient. In a perfect world vet's should require IV fluids and pre-op bloodwork for ALL surgries.

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I don't know what the conversion is to USD, but the prices you were given don't seem that unreasonable. Those are roughly the same prices we charge at the vet hospital I work at. If the price is a major issue then you could try to find a vet to do it for cheaper. Just remember that you get what you pay for and often vet's that charge a significantly cheaper price are able to do so because they are cutting corners.
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This is a relatively "new" thing that the vets are starting to really push and require for all pets. The 2 big reasons why vets don't push IV fuids is because owners don't want to cough up the money for the fluids and/or the vets don't have the staff avaliable to do it for every surgery patient. In a perfect world vet's should require IV fluids and pre-op bloodwork for ALL surgries.
As far as fluids, I can tell you from personal experience, it takes about 2 to 5 minutes for a tech to set an IV catheter and hang a bag of fluids. Its really very easy. Not sure what the costs are now, but "back in the day" it was a 2 dollar needle/catheter, a 4 dollar IV line, and a 10 dollar bag of fluids, or around that much. Once you set it up, it does not require a person standing there. You simply adjust the drip rate and walk away.

So personally, I think its so easy to do, and of such great benefit to the dog, not just to hydrate the pup, (who is by definition dehydrated from not being allowed water for 12 hours) but also to always have access to a vein in case of emergency... it just makes sense to me to do it.

But what do I know. I'm old fashioned and cautious!
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