Jeff wrote:And I will have to agree to disagree with you on the issue of bloodwork, MustangGT. It might not be necessary for most dogs, but I would not dream of letting my 7-year old go through surgery without all work done before. It's going to cost me extra $$$, but I dont see it as money wasted.
Totally. We've picked up a few potential disasters on routine pre-surg bloodwork (example: liver shuts). That goes for the IV fluids, too. You would be surprised how often blood pressure drops while under anesthesia. Most clinics don't monitor BP on surgery patients, so they have no idea really. The IV fluids help prevent a drop.
Basicly, the differences in price depend on the quality of the supplies, as well as location. Are they using gas anesthesia (sevoflurane preferably, isoflurane is good, too) or are they getting a shot in the rear of Rompun? Do they use stainless steel sutures? Lots of cheap spay/neuter places do. The material is cheap. But, your pet is screwed if they ever need an MRI. They won't be able to have one. Monitoring, is your pet on a pulse oximeter, EKG, or BP monitor during surgery?