Our 2nd Spay Experience and Beyonce’s Two Small Litters

10 Sep

Well it is now official – Beyonce was spayed on Friday so she will not have any more puppies. I wrote a previous post about my experience going to the Animal Hospital of Newport Hills and I’ve got to say again – expensive, yes but WORTH IT!

Once again I made an appointment for a consultation so they could do blood-work and I could get some time to talk to Dr Aspen Davidoff. I really do like her a lot! Some vets are not particularly friendly or supportive with breeders but she has already been very kind and informative and not judgemental at all. I discussed Beyonce’s litter sizes – 5 and then 7 and then only 3 and we skipped a cycle and then 2. She confirmed that there is actually no benefit to skipping a heat cycle so unless there is a complication I won’t do that again. I’m going to go back to back and spay before 4 years old which I’ve read in many places is really healthy and the best thing for a dog. The skipping a heat cycle is an outdated idea.

We did a FULL blood panel on Beyonce so with the office visit the cost for that was $241.75. If you are looking for a way to cut down the budget you can get a different (reduced) blood panel for a little less and if you are taking in a puppy under 1 year old I’m not sure that they even require the blood work but I do think it is worth giving a quick check before sedation to make sure everything is a-ok with your pup. I normally do blood work on my girls before breeding and after every litter just to be sure all internal organs are functioning as they should be and I didn’t do this after Beyonce’s last litter since I knew I’d be bringing her in for this surgery.

After the blood work came back just fine we scheduled surgery. I brought her in on Friday morning and I was just as nervous and emotional as I was with Shakira, just because we had one good experience that didn’t assure me this time would be the same. But guess what – it was just as easy on her. The cost is based on your dog’s weight and for 25 pounds and under she was $274.75. I paid $30.40 to upgrade to the laser and also added the IV fluids during surgery which is optional and an additional $92.45. I think the IV fluids are what makes a huge difference. This part is probably the biggest money maker for them, I’m sure that bag is about $3 but it is worth it. Give up your Starbucks habit for a bit or whatever you need to do to get that IV! Her pain pills were an additional $14.75 and I forgot I still had them from Shakira’s surgery because neither one of them seems to be in pain. I gave it to Shakira and also to Beyonce on night 2 just in case (night 1 they were both still really loopy) and because I wanted them to be a little more zonked out so they didn’t lick at the incision but neither one did. Just like Shakira, Beyonce is bothered by the spot on her front leg where the shaved her for the IV but that’s about it. So total cost for Beyonce’s spay was slightly  higher than Shakira’s because I did more blood work but total was $654.10. While she was sedated I also had them clean her teeth which was not included in that amount but was $321.50. Shakira did not need her teeth cleaned and I believe that is because she likes to chew bones. Beyonce prefers all of her food ground and not whole “prey” – she is a bit of a princess!

Oops almost forgot about LITTER SIZE (highlighting in case you just want to scroll to this part). When I picked B up from the surgery Dr Davidoff came out to let me know that Beyonce had a cyst on one of her ovaries. She said that isn’t a common occurrence in younger dogs however it does happen as the girls age and Beyonce is 4 years, 5 months old. Dr Davidoff said that is no reason to worry, it was a cyst and not a tumor and that she thinks that developed after litter #2 (which was 7 puppies) and what caused litter #3 and #4 to be so small in comparison – just one ovary was functioning. AI could have also played a part since it does have a slightly lower success rate vs natural breeding. Cysts are normal and I myself just had a bit of a scare when I got my annual mammogram this year and they called me to return because they ‘saw something that needed a closer look’ which just turned out to be a cyst which they also told me is normal as we age. Well BOO on aging!

I will definitely return to Newport Hills for JLo’s surgery which will be next year. I highly recommend this place! Yes, you can get it cheaper however this is surgery and recovery can be tough so please keep that in mind. I have posted my phone number all over this site – if you have questions call, text or email. I’m happy to talk more about the experience or any dog questions. 917-847-6652