Rat castration?

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Rat castration?

Post by rudyrat » Wed Jun 15, 2011 3:17 pm

I'm thinking about converting my boys cage and girls cage together so it is a bit like an explorer cage so they have more room so roam around in. I'll be removing the top lid of the cage and then the base of the girls cage so they can climb through.

Therefore i need my boys to be castrated, i'm ringing up my vets and finding out how much they are quoting, so far the cheapest i have found is £33.86, is this a good price?

Also - is the risk worth taking, i don't want the anesthetic to be too much for them. There ages are 13 months and 5 months.

(I am aware that the boys can't be introduced to the girls straight away due to them still being fertile until a few months after being castrated).

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Post by little_rat_lover » Wed Jun 15, 2011 5:14 pm

I pay around 40, 45 each for castration (and last was in aug/sept so probs a bit more now) so I'd say that price is good - do check what it included though, ie is that for any meds during/after, checkups etc - some quote a price for the op and all the anesthetic, meds etc are on top! Assuming that includes all the basics it's a good price. BUT you do need to make sure of their knowledge, there's a list of questions I've been shown you need to ask them beforehand.

As to safe time, most people say about 2 weeks, not months :D I've seen estimates between 8 days and 3 weeks, but most people go with 2, never heard of problems at that time.

The risk... uhh, now that's a awkward question. Some people say yes, some no - personally I've had 7 boys done, 5 of which were purely to go with girls, no major complications - but boys are prone to things like abscesses afterwards. I would again, but some people are against it unless 100% necessary. Truthfully, you have to decide if you are willing to take that risk for your own convenience. There are (like with anything) benefits - some surveys have shown it lengthens life and less instance of certain illnesses. But no matter what there's always a small risk with any operation.
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Re: Rat castration?

Post by Amzy » Wed Jun 15, 2011 5:24 pm

Small animal surgery at my vets is £30 something but on top of that is meds so they usually come to £40ish.

I had two males neutered on the same day and one was £40 and one was £60 due to one having complications and being on the table for a longer time.

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Re: Rat castration?

Post by rudyrat » Wed Jun 15, 2011 5:29 pm

I'm having a good ol' think about it, i rang one vets and they quoted around £100?! Crazy! I think it'd just be lovely for them all to live together as i shall have 5 by the end of next week hopefully!
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Post by Alijane » Wed Jun 15, 2011 5:35 pm

rudyrat wrote:I'm having a good ol' think about it, i rang one vets and they quoted around £100?! Crazy! I think it'd just be lovely for them all to live together as i shall have 5 by the end of next week hopefully!
It might just be that your vet isn't used to neutering ratties, so has no idea how much it should cost. It is a really simple op and shouldn't cost that much at all - £30-40. Go back to your vet and say that this is the average cost elsewhere and see what they say. If they stick to £100, then take your ratties somewhere else. Whereabouts do you live? I'm sure other forum members would be able to recommend a good vet near you.

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Post by Jemma » Wed Jun 15, 2011 6:16 pm

Generally vets that charge lower amounts are actually charging less than they would for a comparative length surgery in a larger animal. If you find a vet that charges purely on a cost basis the 100 is probably closer to what you would expect with aneasthetic and the vets charged by the hour or amount used. If anything small animal surgeries are more complex and fiddly than that of a cat or dog. Just count yourself lucky if you've found a place that does it so cheap. Around me surgery ranges from 70 to 150 as standard lol
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Re: Rat castration?

Post by rudyrat » Wed Jun 15, 2011 7:25 pm

I live in Kesgrave just on the outside of Ipswich - if anyone knows of a good vet to do this please let me know, or i shall go to my current vets who do seem to be very good
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Re: Rat castration?

Post by pumpkinpie83 » Thu Jun 16, 2011 7:18 am

When I had Rascal done it cost me £56 but that was everything, the op, meds after so all in all very good.

Personally I wouldn't have any of my boys castrated again. In Rascals case it was because he was aggressive, always fighting and biting us. He has calmed down so much. But he has had to have four further ops to remove abscesses (sp). He is finally all clear now as he hasn't had one for 8 months but the last one was horrific, he had to have a big op as he had a huge abscess inside (which we could not feel but once he was put under anaestethic you could feel it and as they tried to remove it burst :sickrat: )
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Post by Jemma » Thu Jun 16, 2011 7:32 am

It does make a difference going to a vet that’s done a lot of rat neuters before. When I got Luke done I took him down to a friends house as her vet was really experienced (and mine wasn’t), it was a good hour away but well worth it as this vet had managed to succefully neuter (with no complications or post op abcesses) 4 of my friends rats, one of which had already been partially castrated through his stomach by a cage mate. Luke apparently seemed to not even notice he’d been done, never had any infections and has been amazing since.

Shame you don’t live near preston, I’ll be using that vet in the future for any neuters I might need. My vets fine for lumpectomys, they do a great job, but even though neuters less serious, it seems to be a bit of a tricky op. Admittedly as a bonus the vet down in preston is one of those amazingly cheap ones too.
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Re: Rat castration?

Post by izzerie » Thu Jun 16, 2011 7:42 am

I got my two boys done at Barn Veterinary Practice in Ipswich- they have two practices, one at Copdock and one on Ashcroft Road which is off Norwich Road. The same staff work between the two practices. They carried out my boys op's successfully and I was charged just over £90 for both of them :) I would recommend them to you, they weren't so great over so complicated issues I had with Henry recently (although they did consult a specialist and listen to me) but they have been brilliant otherwise and the boys were really looked after when I took them. They were returned to me in a clean carrier and they had even washed and dried the towel I had put in the bottom because there were squishies on it! Plus I was told that all the staff had been interested because they don't see many rats so they had been given lots of attention :) also, aftercare and meds are included in that price.
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