Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Southeast Texas
Dogs Name: Ilka (Mutt), Leo (GSD); Lily (APBT)
Titles: They have titles from a total of 7 different organizations
Dogs Age: Ilka 7; Leo 5; Lily 2; Lucky 2000-2014
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Usually "assembly line" means the while one animal is in surgery, the next one is being prepped. When you have a bunch of routine surgeries, that is the easiest and fastest way to do them. By routine, I mean something like a spay/neuter on a healthy animal. For a vWD affected dog, or one with other problems, no surgery is "routine".
What does the $500 include? If it's just the surgery, and anything else (bloodwork, any pain meds, etc.) was extra, I would be looking for a cheaper alternative, myself. My vet charges about $100 for a spay on a dog the size of a dobe, and any blood work, etc. is extra. I used our humane society clinic to spay two cats, and was offered (at extra cost) pre-surgery bloodwork, pain meds, etc., just like my regular vet (actually, one of the volunteer vets WAS my regular vet). The only difference was cost. If your Nova is healthy, I wouldn't have a problem with going to the low cost clinic.
As for being concerned about complications, they are a risk with any surgery, no matter where they are performed.