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Postby Tiarnan » Fri Apr 23, 2010 9:10 am

Last July paid 120 leva for spaying....including an anti biotic afterwards....in Aspurukovo Varna. Last week paid 300 leva to have her rabies tested in Germany....again, thru the same Vet. Maybe could have got cheaper if we,d driven around but more trouble than its worth to save a few leva.
But I know for sure that if you look after an animal here it can prove a bit expensive. Tho when I hear what our daughter pays a vet in Ireland I think we are getting a good deal here. I know its not "like for like" but the difference really is astronomical.
Should have got a goldfish instead. :roll:

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Postby VickyC » Fri Apr 23, 2010 9:25 am

MW, the 24 hour vet clinic in Varna up from Chatalga probably has the highest cost for spaying. It depends on the size of the animal as to cost for anasthesia alone. I paid 210 for my much loved female Golden retriever weighing around 30kg last year. This year I had my male Goldie castrated and that was 110 lev.

In saying that, it is cleaner than any hospital I have been in and the surgeon I use, Dr Hristov is very skilled and is a specialised bone surgeon, he is very well educated and really cares about the animals. He still could not understand why I was not breeding my goldies though, or why I then had the male castrated, as even educated people here do not believe in neutering.

All the times (and thats been many over 3 years) I have been there the clientele is mainly Bulgarian and it is always very busy. I have seen an old woman with her very old and overweight mongrel dog on a drip and the woman looking close to tears. I also saw an old man with a kitten that was unwell and on a drip and he was very upset. It seems there is a different attitude in the cities from some Bulgarians. They appear to treat their pets as we do. I have also seen them buying frontline at the counter and paying large bills for treatment.

In the villages....well thats a completely different world and if they are lucky they get sprayed with chemical fom the agri store to kill lice, fleas, ticks and mites etc...I know our neighbor does all his livestock, yard and 'pets' at once with the sprayer. Many don't though.

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Postby Sam » Fri Apr 23, 2010 10:41 pm

I asked my vet today how much it would be to get a medium size bitch spayed. He said about 60leva for everything.

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Postby missbeans » Sat Apr 24, 2010 3:04 am

when i get back again i intend to do what some are doing in ireland....at last, trapping semi-ferals and having them "done". my vet in VT said it would be cheaper if i was doing more than one cat, female 15 to 20 lev, and he is very good and speaks good english. I was concerned about my neighbours dog last year and as i was not familiar with the dog, or what his reaction might be to being handled in the sensitive neck area, i called my vt vet and asked how much if i came and picked him up to do a home visit, the owner of the dog was an elderly sweet man, dead broke and very upset about the dog. the vet said 150 lev to come and have a look and do a frontline treatment, but only if i drove down in my own car and picked him up and drove him back again. so i said ok....

on the drive to my village (about 50 minutes) i was chatting in my usual way about how broke we were (we WERE) and he got quite shirty and snotty and said "oh, so NOW you tell me you have no money?" so i got shirty back and said "look mate, I've got YOUR bl**dy money so don't worry about that, i happen to care more for animals than people, thats all, so yes, your getting what i have left for this week....."

anyway, he changed his tune after knowing me for those few hours, the bill ended up being 70 lev, very cheap for a home visit taking three hours in my opinion, was very nice and threw in a large bag of dog food. doggy fine after two days.
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Postby Dreanas » Thu May 13, 2010 4:29 pm

Does anyone have the contact details of the English-speaking vet in Plovdiv. Sorry to be so vague but I don't have any other information. I am thinking of adopting 2 kittens and want to have them "done" as and when they are old enough.

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Postby MOD » Thu May 13, 2010 4:52 pm

Dreanas wrote:Does anyone have the contact details of the English-speaking vet in Plovdiv. Sorry to be so vague but I don't have any other information. I am thinking of adopting 2 kittens and want to have them "done" as and when they are old enough.

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Hi Dreanas, maybe micky can help? http://www.mybulgaria.info/modules.php? ... div#279614
Not sure if his vet speaks English though.

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Postby Dreanas » Thu May 13, 2010 5:24 pm

Thanks MOD, I have sent Micky a pm. :D

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Postby Dreanas » Fri May 28, 2010 8:45 am

Help!

I am still looking for a vet to spay/neuter 2 little kittens. As I live in the Smolyan area I would prefer it to be near here or the Plovdiv area as trips to Sofia are a good 4 hours drive. I would also prefer it to be done under general anaesthetic if possible.

Micky, I tried the number you gave me and could not get a reply :(

Thanks in advance for your help

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Postby Qtip » Fri May 28, 2010 2:48 pm

I would like to clarify a few points and the terminology for desexing animals as there does seem to be some confusion in many of veterinary related threads on myBG:

By UK standards:

Neutering applies to either sex (neuter = neutralize for want of a better description)

Spaying refers to females (ovario-hysterectomy - removal of ovaries and uterus/womb).

Castration refers to males (orchidectomy - removal of testicles)

For neutering to be totally effective the testicles/ovaries should be removed.

Sterilization by "tying the tubes" (eg a vasectomy for males or fallopian occlusion in females) may stop the problem of breeding but does not remove the hormonal influences on the body i.e. b.itches will still have a season and are susceptible to pyometras(womb infections), false pregnancies and mammary tumours. Males will still be under the influence of testosterone therefore more likely to be territorial and fight and go in search of the ladies. Most Bulgarian vets neuter the animal but I have encountered one Bulgarian vet who sterilized only, so it is worth checking. Get all the bits whipped out!

Fertile/mating time may be referred to as "in season", "in heat" and in cats "calling"(you know why if you've heard a horny cat)

As for the timing of the operation...............

CATS

Males:
At any time from when the testicles can be seen/felt. Usually around 6 months of age but can be done earlier or at any time after.

Females:
Usually around 6 months of age. If she is younger than that but seen or heard calling then get her to the vets ASAP! Cats come into season every 21 days. Cats can be spayed at any time i.e. when in season or if pregnant. So if your cat is in early pregnancy you should consider the operation if you do not want to deal with next generation of kittens. She can have the operation in late pregnancy but some vets may not be keen to carry out the procedure so discuss it with them first.

DOGS

Males:
At any time from when the testicles can be seen/felt. Usually around 6 months of age but can be done earlier or at any time after.

Females:
The one rule to adhere to is: DO NOT operate during a season or for at least 9 weeks after the end of the season (at least 12 weeks from the start of the season) unless medically essential. There is a massive increase in blood supply to the uterus during this time and a lot of hormonal activity so complications are more likely.

B.itches usually come into season every 6 months, for around 3 weeks but it may be longer. The timing of the first season varies with the size of dog. Small dogs may have their first season at about 6-7 months, a giant breed may wait until 18 months old, everything else fits in somewhere in between.

There is a lot of discussion and differing views about spaying a bitch before her first season or letting her have a season then operating. There is no truly right or wrong answer but your local vet may think different! One thing a bitch does not need to do is have a litter - one old wive's tale that has hopefully disappeared.

One final point all of these operations should be done under a general anaesthetic. Spaying under sedation and restraints is dangerous and cruel and any vet doing such a thing doesn't give a damn about your animal.

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Postby Dreanas » Fri May 28, 2010 3:10 pm

Ok Qtip, I appreciate all your information on terminology etc but it still hasn't answered my question of where I can find a vet other than Sofia to carry out the "spaying & castration" of my kittens under general anaesthetics.

I have also read that this operation can now be done between 10 to 17 weeks to ensure that they are not given the chance to produce the next generation of kittens.

Any information about a suitable vet would be more than appreciated.

Andie


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