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AllAboutDogs

Registered: 07/01/07
Posts: 124
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I was wondering if anyone can tell me the benefits of laser castration verses non laser surgery. I understand healing time is less, but is the extra price for laser worth it? I plan to have my std poo neutered at 7 mos and do not know what surgical technique to have on him. Thanks for your thoughts.

Houndgirl

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Registered: 03/16/08
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I had my cat spayed a few months ago, and had it done by laser, I tell you, I will ONLY have laser surgeries from now on. Her healing time was sooo much faster from when I had my other female cat spayed, by the conventional method! It heals faster, there is much less blood loss, and swelling, if done by laser. I have a lot of clients who go to my vet, and have had laser surgery for one thing or another, and  I am very impressed by it all around. Yes, it is worth the extra money, IMO.


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  I have had several surgeries performed on my babies and the difference is well worth it. You are right, healing and recovery time is less because there is less bleeding during surgery and tissue trauma. Laser surgery is well worth any extra expense.

MsAcer

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I can see for a spay that it would be definitely better. But a good vet makes a neuter easy. I've never had a dog have a problem from a regular neuter procedure . They are still put under for laser right? It's the anasteeja (sorry can't spell it close enough for the spell check even!!)that's the hardest part for a dog and a good vet can do a normal neuter pretty darn fast.
 I think I'll chat with my vet about this
Houndgirl

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One thing I have been really impressed with, about laser surgery, is the removal of those "doggie warts", like the ones that cockers, bichons, or poodles get, most often? I always remember when those were removed the conventional way, they seemed to come back immediately, and sometimes seemed to MULTIPLY (anyone else notice that?) but with it being done with laser, they have a little scab, no stitches, and I'd say about 80-90% of them just never grow back. I know that sometimes cells will  "spread", like cancer type cells,(when cut into) so I always figured it was similar with the warts. They don't seem to come back near as often when removed by laser surgery, which has made many of my clients very happy, because they don't have to get their old dogs back for another removal 6 months later.
AllAboutDogs

Registered: 07/01/07
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UPDATE- well my std poo was neutered- went non laser to save money, got inflatable e- collar, etc....... wait to you hear the cost they charged me...... not to dwell on "cosmetic" scrotum removal (as 8 mos testicles large and a clip hazard as would probably not flatten out and this Vet was only one who said he'd do it..... $712!!!! They quoted me a "hi of $380"- never called me to get OK for extra charges, which I still don't know what for- I opted for no ekg- he did 4!!!! "But only charged me for 1"- never called for OK from me. I am devastated by this charge. Today, had to take him to the vet (sunday)- he has ER 24 service as the surgical site was oozing and seperating and my sweet pup making jerking moves like it stung him. No jumping, caged since Thurs newuter-..... get this, they let my sweet dog run loose in the clinic to run to me, he smashed his head on door- he should have been under better control by Vet's wife (older lady). Vet said today keep on antibiotics and what he saw was OK. I am NEVER going back to him.... dishonest on prices.... also- I groomed his shelter dog 3 times for free and got nothing in barter in return.....  I called him and told him laser prices of nearby vets $200 cheaper (incl IV, blood work, over night, meds....) he said I got a superior surgery, not a "cheapy- give 'em a shot turn "em over and castrate- PS: he does spays/neuters at local animal shelter- so that is what he is referring to....

SO- would you dispute credit card charges as unauthorized- but I bet what I signed covered every possible thing.... what else would you do??? Thanks for advice. I am so devastated at the money as I needed that money to pay major life sustaing bills....
AllAboutDogs

Registered: 07/01/07
Posts: 124
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PS_ forgot to tell you he never ran IV- said it was unecessary and would cost more- all other laser vets siad this was mandatory.... ugh, I got screwed, pardon my "french" and I consider myself a very well prepared, educated consumer when it comes to my sweet Poo.

Houndgirl

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Registered: 03/16/08
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Yeah, I think I'd have to dispute those charges, for sure! What an awful experience for you and your boy!!! I would also contact the veterinary association/board in your state and report this vet. I think I would have fainted if I'd come to pick up my dog and they gave me a bill like this!! There is a spay/neuter clinic in my city that gives much better service than this guy did!
unleashed13

Registered: 05/07/08
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I would def dispute those charges.I would also get a statement from the ER vet that had to treat your poor pup and possibly contact a lawyer to see if there is anything you can do to have the operating  vet cover the ER bill .you  should not have had this much issue for a simple neutering
PawPrints

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Yikes, I think that's way outta line, too.  I agree, that is one of the simplest surgeries there is.  If the other vets were $200 less on the laser, what was he charging for it?  My vet only charges an additional $50 for laser surgery.

Hope it all works out in your favor and praying for a quick recovery for your Poo. 
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