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Neutering, microchip implants, vacs etc...how much do you pay?

Discussion in 'Cat Chat' started by jasperthecat, May 13, 2019.


  1. jasperthecat

    jasperthecat My best buddy.

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    We have Jasper registered with Vet4pets in the next town and ten days ago we took Ollie to Jasper's vets to be neutered there rather than at my daughter's vets where he'd previously been vaccinated etc as we were quite happy with Jasper's vet's services and it made sense to have them both registered at the same practice. Jasper was also due for his 6 monthly checkup so we combined both of them at the same time and the practice obliged by checking over Jasper when I went to pick up Ollie after his op.

    We couldn't believe how unaffected Ollie was by the whole experience...you would never have believed he had just been neutered and the following day he was livelier than ever.

    The vet at Jasper's practice is a bit 'austere and somewhat matronly' and is one of those slightly intimidating no nonsense vets who takes her job very seriously. However I like the fact that she is very knowledgeable with regard to cats and actually specialises in cat psychology which shows she has more than just a passing interest in just treating cats medically. The practice nurses apparently hold her in high esteem with regard to resolving cat behavioural issues so I'm more than happy for Jasper and Ollie to be treated at that practice.

    We also had Ollie's microchip implant put in at the same time and the total cost for both neutering and chip implant was £49.95 which I didn't think was too bad.
    When we originally signed Jasper up with V4P, the offer was for £49.50 for all vacs for first 6 months, worming/flea treatments for first 3 months including a microchip implant with an additional cost of just £32.00 for neutering which again I didn't think was too expensive.
    When it came to Jasper's first annual booster injections, we paid a flat one-off Vacs For Life fee of £99.00 which included his first annal booster vacs and all subsequent vacs for life which would seem to be very reasonable and that includes a free intermediate 6 monthly check up as well as the annual check when he gets his boosters.

    I've spoken to other cat owners not with V4P and some have definitely paid more than we did for the same services and it got me wondering just how much others pay for similar services throughout the UK and if there is an average price for each service which would maybe help new kitten/cat owners of what to expect to pay when a vet visit is due.

    We actually priced up a similar vacs for life type of package out of curiosity for a friend's cat with a local veterinary practice when it came to have their cats first year booster and I believe it was around £165 for something similar to the fee of £99 we paid and I don't think the local service included a 6 monthly check so my friends took their cat to the V4P practice based on our recommendation.

    So...what kind of prices do you pay?
     
  2. ChaosCat

    ChaosCat PetForums VIP

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    I suppose you are more interested in the british prices, but in case you like to compare:
    60€ for the first vaccines, 20 € for the booster after 3 weeks, 100€ spaying, 20€ chip
     
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  3. jasperthecat

    jasperthecat My best buddy.

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    Yes I'm also interested in non-British prices too. I'm sure others would find it interesting what our neighbours in Europe or further afield pay and may even help others to know what the cost is likely to be in that particular country.
    I was a little sceptical regarding the modest introductory price we paid when registering Jasper but we've had excellent service and even though we'd save a good twenty minute extra ride with Jasper or Ollie for a vet's visit when compared to using the local ones in our town, I wouldn't change now as I think the V4P offer an excellent service.
     
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  4. MissMiloKitty

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    Miss Milo was spayed at Vet4Pets and Spaying and Microchipping cost about £100 and this was in Lancashire
    She on the Vac4Life which cost £100 one off payment and this covers all future vaccinations and yearly exam plus 6 month check with the nurse.
     
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    It varies a lot with area I think.
     
  6. buffie

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    As above ^^^
    Vet prices vary from town to town and also different practices in the same town so making a comparison is quite difficult.
    Personally as I wouldn't be vaccinating yearly after initial kitten vacs and 1st booster nor would I flea/worm on a regular basis , I wouldn't use any of the "deals" or vet plans .
    One of the draw backs of the vet chains such as Vets4Pets can be the frequent change of vets making the building of a relationship with a good one often difficult.
     
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    Calvine PetForums VIP

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    The Vets4Pets in Richmond is inside a Pets At Home which is probably due for demolition as the site on which it and a Homebase are located is likely to have 400 flats built on it. So they will have to move . . . if they move in one direction they will be inside the new, extended Congestion Charge area which means a lot of people would have to find another vet. Argos (which was inside the Homebase) has already moved across the road and is now inside Sainsbury's.
     
  8. jasperthecat

    jasperthecat My best buddy.

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    Sounds very similar to our V4Ps but I suspect spaying a female costs more than neutering a male as I would think the op is more invasive on a female. Did the £100 include the first vacs etc or was the £100 just for microchip and spaying?
     
  9. MissMiloKitty

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    No, the Vacs were separate. They cost around £60 for both. I had them done at another practice. I think that is the standard price for vacs.
    Of course I forgot, spaying is more expensive. I think what you and I paid is reasonable because it includes aftercare as well
     
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  10. jasperthecat

    jasperthecat My best buddy.

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    I probably won't have my two vaccinated every year but the vacs are already paid for where jasper is concerned and reminders are sent for the 6 monthly checkups so even if we waiver the vacs on a particular year we can still take advantage of the checkups and we don't have to pay anything more so I'm comfortable with that.

    I agree there is a risk that vets may change in some of these practices but the one we use is well established and it's only a part franchise with it's own premises from what I can tell so the main vet is unlikely to change.
    My OH works in the next quite upmarket town where the V4P is located and it was recommended by several of her work colleagues who all seem to have cats so that is how we ended up using that particular practice.
    I suppose it's more reassuring to use one of the non-franchised local practices if one has a cat with constant issues where a close relationship with staff may be important but touch wood we haven't any issues with either Jasper or Ollie so far but I would have every faith in the V4P practice if they had based on how we've been treated and the advice I received when jasper was going through his swallowing phase.:)
     
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    In my bit of Spain neutering is expensive, 100€. There was a vet that did the ferals for 50€ but she’s left. Vacs are around 50€. Vet visit, antibiotics and follow up visit is 25€. Steroids or antibiotics to administer myself are 6€. Bloods tests are around 30€, depending on what’s needed.

    Broken leg cost 500€ for the 3 night stay, operation, medications, all X-rays and 6 months of follow up visits.
     
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  12. Orla

    Orla PetForums Senior

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    What I like about the vac4life program is the option to have 6-monthly check ups for free. A lot of owners may well miss subtle signs of illness and without the regular check up being part of the deal they may never even consider seeing the vet unless their kitty was dramatically unwell. In particular I think it may help those on very limited income and save little problems become much larger later on.
     
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  13. jasperthecat

    jasperthecat My best buddy.

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    Yes, I was quite happy with the neutering costs and the staff were insistent that if there was any sign whatsoever of an issue with either of them when they had their neutering ops, that we contact them immediately whereupon they would either prescribe, treat or give advice immediately. Thankfully neither had any issues.
    Ollie went in for his op at 9.40am and around 11.15am they rang to say he was out of the theatre and everything was fine which was a nice touch and that we could pick him up about 4.15pm so I thought the service was spot on.

    The other thing I like about this practice is that the vet runs a special 'cats only' evening one night per week for any cats which are particularly intimidated by dogs or simply scared of boisterous surroundings. My two are more likely to want to see what all the fuss is about as noise at the vets doesn't bother them but it would be helpful for owners with timid cats which don't react too well to dogs and strangers.
     
  14. Arny

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    - microchipping: £10
    - spaying: £70 (which is more than castration) and includes any post op appointments.
    One of my cats had a reaction to the internal stitches so had around 6 follow up checks which we weren't charged for. Some of those included the nurse getting the vet to check her over.

    I have no idea what vaccinations cost yet as they were done by the breeder (their first booster is due soon) and none of my previous cats were vaccinated.
    I buy flea and wormer for my dog and cats online and don't give them on a regular basis so turns out significantly cheaper than the vet.

    I think vacs for life is good value for money (I use private practices that don't offer anything) but generally the other vet plans turn out more expensive even if I gave flea and wormer at the recommended intervals. They're mainly there for people who want to budget monthly and not worry about buying elsewhere.
     
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  15. bluecordelia

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    @jasperthecat i am also with V4P and have an £99 vacs deal. Well worth it.

    Blue started her vacs with her breeder and had the second lot with my vet. Iv was V4P from day 1.

    I do think the prices change depending n if I am paying or it’s insurance. I have paid about £40 for antibiotics and a steroid then £60 just for antibiotics .

    My latest vets bill over Bank Hols was £395, £970 &£350! The last figure was for a referral vets on Bank Holiday Monday!

    I think for general bits V4P can’t be beaten however they are all run very differently so you may get the odd not so great practice x
     
  16. jasperthecat

    jasperthecat My best buddy.

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    Looking at the size of those vet's bills, I'll bet you are glad you had insurance :).
    When it comes to affordability for major veterinary fees, I suspect most vets are quite expensive wherever one lives and thankfully most sensible cat owners will have insurance to reduce the risk but the benefit of V4P is that they do help offset/budget the regular costs for the most common recurring non-urgent veterinary visits.
     
  17. bluecordelia

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    @jasperthecat I stop counting once it hits £2000!

    I got insurance for accidents in my mind but all claims have been for health issues not what I thought I would need it for.
     
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  18. Arny

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    I mustn't be sensible :p
    I prefer to save my money for if/when needed.
     
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  19. BarneyBobCat

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    I am with V4P. I signed up to their complete care package and pay £10 a month. I paid £20 for the first set of vaccinations. Barney is going for his neutering pre-Op on the 25th May, not sure what it costs yet - I get it cheaper because of the complete care package, 10% off according to their website. Microchip was only £10 too.

    The complete package gives you:
    • Annual booster vacs including feline leukaemia
    • Year round flea, worm and tick treatment
    • Annual vet health check

    I also have insurance with Healthy Pets - I wish I had done more research as I am only covered for £1000 per illness / injury which quickly disappeared with Barneys back injury. However it only costs me £4 a month and my claim versus payment ration is heavily in my favour currently!
     
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  20. SuboJvR

    SuboJvR Joey’s Mummy

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    Joey’s neuter was around the £50 mark in the south east of England, but I added blood tests onto it considering his history at the time so that was more. Vaccinations I can’t recall but his booster is tomorrow (!!)

    My vets offers a monthly package which includes consultations whenever we need, nurse clinic eg to help with claw trimming, all flea and worming etc. Not sure how much it is though!
     
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