maariki wrote:I just had my male cat neutered at Beck and Stone. The cost was a few RMB short of 1500 and done by a local Junior Doctor. I find that quite expensive compared with what such routine surgery would cost outside China.
B&S was recommended by the rescuers of the mother cat whose kitten I adopted as 'a clinic not being as expensive as some other vets used by foreigners'. I am not sure about that.
TheBadPenny wrote:I had taken my cat to Eagle Valley Vet before the Drs Beck & Stone takeover. We saw Dr. Stephanie (she really is a terrific vet, as others have noted) and the charge was 500RMB.
I just called Eagle Valley, under the Beck & Stone brand, to inquire about a spay and was quoted 2000RMB. Out of curiosity, I asked the charge for a neuter and was told it was also 2000RMB.
The service at Eagle Valley was fantastic before Beck & Stone, and the prices were reasonable. I don't doubt that the service is still good, but now the price has quadrupled. I wish B&S hadn't messed with a good thing, now I am searching for a new vet. Incidentally, in Canada you pay $75 for a neuter and $150 for a spay. I personally feel the Beck & Stone is after the high-end niche and is trying to be a "boutique" vet. If that's your thing, go for it, but I expect a skilled, high-standard, reasonably priced vet, and I don't feel a re-branding justifies the extra cost. Frankly, I am not pleased to see my preferred vet clinic get priced out of reasonable range, and I don't like having to find a new vet, so I may be slightly grumpy on this subject.
I called St. Anthony's based on other online reviews and found out that Dr. Stephanie is now working there (again). She is currently out of the country and will return on November 20, 2013. According to the receptionist, St. Anthony's charges 800 for a spay.
TheBadPenny wrote:For an urgent or emergency procedure, each pet owner is going to have to make a personal decision about how much care is in the animal's best interests, where they will take their pet, and under what terms. When time is of the essence, one's choices become understandably narrower.
However, with routine, non-urgent care such as spay, neuter, or vaccinations, one has much more room to pursue value, and physicians with longer wait times. In no way do I discredit B&S's service. I assume, for the price, it's amazing. Nonetheless, 2000RMB for a spay is wildly expensive, even by international standards. Discounts for rescues are great, all of our kitties are rescues, but it would have to be at least a 50% discount for a spay at B&S to be even within the realm of consideration. Most people do not have the financial wiggle-room to purchase a 2000Y service when service of comparable quality is available at 800Y. Given these prices, I get the impression that clinics with these high price tags are after a very particular type of client.
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