I am researching the adoption process as it pertains to routine vet visits does teh below sound about right? and what about the Humane society working on your pup...read below...
$140 for the 12 week vaccines which are distemper and Bordatella (SP??), de-worming fecal tests and such.
about the same for 16 week visit which is the earliest time they would Neuter.
RE: Neuter they charge $180 and said that the difference is that they have a heart rate monitor and they provide pain medication which the humane society does not have / provide. Is this a real concern or justification for making me $130 lighter??
Saving $130 sound great but I don't want my new best buddy to be in any pain (little is comfort, I'm fine with), but the other concern is just sanitation and that I imagine that they are milling the dogs through there one right after the other...
The vaccinations would be a bit high for my area. $180 for the neuter doesn't seem so bad, though. I'd definitely do it at your vet vs. the humane society. High volume spay/neuter clinics just try to get everything out as fast as possible.
If I were you, I'd also postpone the neuter for a bit as well... atleast until he is a year or so.
Depends on where you are located on the vaccines, etc. I am assuming that also includes the yearly physical and not just the vaccines. So, if it includes a physical where the vet goes over the dog, listens to the heart, checks eyes, eats, etc., then that is probably about right.
The neuter isn't too bad either price wise. I would definitely take my dog to the vet and not a mass production neutering facility. I would also wait until your pup is at least a year old to allow him to mature. The larger dogs that are neutered too early tend to be a bit leggy and don't develop as nicely as dogs where they waited to neuter.
Here is a picture of my boy, Jake. Neutered at 5 mos -- he is leggy and very narrow. He is over 2.5 years in this photo.
I suspect for the males it has to do with when the dog reaches sexual maturity. At that point the males put on allot more muscle and fill out. If they are neutered before they reach sexual maturity they never get that boost from all the male hormones and thus they do not develop the muscle. The females do the same thing, but it is not a noticeable in females.