parkersd wrote:Having said that I agree that the Bulgarians probably wouldn't pay that sort of money,but then how many villagers would get their dogs/cats neutered/spayed??
Thank you for your replies so far. It seems VT has the most expensive Vet charges at 110 Lev for a Female to be spayed.
I separated my costs to those of the operation itself together with the usual anaesthetic from the costs of the after-care course of antibiotics and the Elizabethan collar. I am aware of the old saying, 'you only get what you pay for', but each and every Veterinary Clinic should have high standards of hygiene however, I am reluctant to leave mine overnight or any longer than possible as it seems to me, that more infections are picked up in the Vet Clinic that elsewhere. A bit like this MSA (or whatever it is termed) in UK Hospitals.
The quote above is the problem I believe, without a programme of reduced or free spaying of females AND male dogs throughout Bulgaria then it will continue to be a problem of drowning puppies at birth or, too many strays. Out of the 5 animals I have so far, 3 have been spayed or neutered and the total cost is quite a lot for the average person. Add to that, vaccinations, electronic chipping, worming and anti-flea/tick medicines, it can all work out expensive and that is before you add FOOD. No wonder the average Bulgarian Village Mutt is covered in ticks and fed on bread. Perhaps this is another reason why the Vet's charges appear high in Bulgaria - who uses them besides us?