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Old 04-18-2011, 08:52 PM   #1
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Hello,

New around here. My first rabbit, Ms Bun Poopers, came to me, mostly by coincidence, because we found her abandoned in an apartment building in a suitcase. Our second rabbit, Mr Bighead, is a very recent addition, who is adopted from Brampton Animal Services on 9 April 2011.

Since neither of them has been fixed, I have kept them separated (to prevent many bunny babies from happening, even if Ms Buns doesn't seem interested).

Ms Buns went to her first vet visit, not too long ago. I was planning to get her spayed anyway for health reasons (if not anything else) and had it booked despite the hefty cost of $500 ($498 and change -- I understand rent in Toronto is very expensive). However, with the addition of Mr Bighead and being a student, I had to turn to more affordable options to fix the two buns.

I called around for any rabbit-savvy vet within a 2-3hr (max) driving distance from Toronto to compare prices. Finally, I stumbled upon Rockwood Veterinary Clinic from the forums here (RabbitsOnline). (Rockwood is 1 hr 2 mins drive away, according to Google Maps.)

I was very relieved that they were not annoyed with my many questions regarding rabbits. (Some of them become impatient, which is understandable.) So, for those looking for an affordable spay/neuter in the GTA region (in Canada) and is willing to drive, Rockwood offers these prices (as of April 2011):

- Checkup/pre-surgical exam: $24.30
- Neuter: $97.67
- Spay: $139.50
I'm more nervous about Ms Buns' spay than the neuter (as it is more invasive) than anything. If all goes well, I will be going to Rockwood for yearly checkups for the two buns.

Wish me luck and good luck to anyone else in a similar situation.


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Old 04-18-2011, 09:33 PM   #2
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Good for you for looking around. Vets in big cities do tend to cost more due to the rent costs and just the costs of doing business in a big city. Things also tend to cost more anyway.

Don't forget to ask about getting pain medication. Metacam is a common one, but there are other stronger ones avaliable (I don't know the names though). Both males and females should get pain medication.

I paid close to $400 for Amelia's spay in January. That included the check up and pain meds. I know that there are some cheaper vets around, but I trust my vet. The vet that did Lillian (not my choice) used staples to close the incision which I fell is unnecessary and was a bit of a pain to deal with for getting them out (the vet is too far to really go for me and there are many other vets in my area). So even if this vet is cheaper, I would not use them.



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Old 04-19-2011, 07:02 AM   #3
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I'm not sure about Calgary, but I do remember many things in Edmonton (my brother currently lives there) costing about 1.5x more than it would in Toronto. (ie. A bowl of Vietnamese pho would be $5-10 in Toronto, and $10-15 in Edmonton. Or even groceries. Gas is a lot cheaper though in Edmonton. =D)

Thanks for the tip about the pain meds, I'll be sure to ask. Metacam is the only one I've heard about so far. I don't want to leave either buns in pain.

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Old 04-19-2011, 05:56 PM   #4
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I officially love you.

The cheapest I found was 280 for a neutering. This included the check up as well. It was at an exotic vet near Toronto.

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Old 04-19-2011, 06:28 PM   #5
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It appears that in my excitement about the price (shame on me) that I forgot to include some vital details about Rockwood:

Rockwood Veterinary Clinic
Dr Gerard Roberts / Dr Claire Maine [These two doctors were mentioned.]
(519) 856-9002
179 Main Street South
Rockwood, ON N0B 2K0

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That is seriously such a good price, I thought I had found a cheap place. That is fantastic.

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Old 04-20-2011, 03:31 AM   #7
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If they spay is only like $140, what about having someone monitor during surgery? (this is usually like $75) What about blood work (like $80) What about cost of pain meds? Etc. My only concern is cheaper may be missing some of the necessities. Also is this laser or standard scalpel spaying? Do they take them before surgery or leave them after or is it pickup right away?

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Seriously!? I'm right beside Rockwood and I paid around $300. I even phoned every single veterinarian listed in Brampton, Georgetown, Acton, Rockwood and Guelph before I decided on a place! Hard to believe I somehow missed that one. ....Hmmm, actually, I'm almost positive that I remember calling that particular clinic, and the price was much higher a year ago. Very strange. I'm probably mistaken.

I was very happy with the quality of the place I ended up taking Scotch to for her spay, but as an incredibly poor student, this is something I'll have to keep in mind for the future. At the very least I will be calling them up for more details. Thanks!

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Old 04-20-2011, 11:23 PM   #9
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I would be careful guys. I looked up the rating for Rockwood on vetratings and found out their license was revoked?!

Anyways, doing some google research I found this:

Dr. Clare Maine (Rockwood, Ontario)
On April 22, 2003 the Discipline Committee met to
hear and consider allegations of professional
misconduct against Dr. Clare Maine.
Dr. Maine pleaded guilty to the following allegations:
• Dr. Maine practiced veterinary medicine from an
unaccredited facility from approximately 1997 to
2002.
• Dr. Maine participated in steering members of the
public to her veterinary clinic in Rockwood,
Ontario.
• Dr. Maine solicited clients by transporting animals
belonging to members of the public from the
unaccredited facility to her veterinary clinic in
Rockwood, Ontario.
• Dr. Maine treated goats, in a non-emergent
situation, without proper accreditation.
• Dr. Maine provided care, including performing
surgery for many species of wildlife between April
1996 and August 2001 without having a permit
from the Ministry of Natural Resources to operate
a wildlife rehabilitation centre.
• Dr. Maine failed to properly use and supervise her
auxiliaries including that she permitted them to
administer rabies vaccines, sign her name to rabies
certificates and perform major surgery.
• Dr. Maine failed to ensure that staff followed
appropriate x-ray precautions in the proper use of
x-ray dosimeters.
• Dr. Maine failed to maintain adequate medical
records for the treatment she provided at the
unaccredited facility, for presentations and
treatment of wildlife and from her clinic in
Rockwood, Ontario.
• Dr. Maine failed to maintain adequate clinic logs
(i.e. surgery/anaesthetic log, narcotics and
controlled drug log and radiology log).
Decision:
The Discipline Committee accepted Dr. Maine's
guilty plea and the following joint submission as to
penalty:
• That Dr. Maine be reprimanded by the Discipline
Committee.
• That Dr. Maine's license to practice veterinary
medicine be suspended for 8 months. However,
Dr. Maine's licence shall initially be suspended for
a period of 4 months. The second 4 month period
of suspension shall itself be suspended provided
that Dr. Maine satisfies the following requirements
within 2 years from the time that the initial 4
month period of suspension is completed:
(a) A monitor shall practice with Dr. Maine and
conduct a random chart review, one day per
month for a period of two years, commencing
immediately following the initial 4 month
suspension.
(b) Dr. Maine shall take and successfully
complete courses designed by the College in
the following areas: radiology technique,
appropriate record keeping and
jurisprudence.
(c) Dr. Maine shall pay $11,123.24 in costs to the
College.
• Dr. Maine's licence will be suspended effective
December 1, 2003.




So.... that's not good??!?!? I called them and yes they are WAY cheaper (like $300 cheaper!!!) But sometimes I think maybe this is too good to be true? Especially is ALL vets I called were around the $500 mark.

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That is rather frightning. How can someone like that still be in practice?



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