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#4802067 - 07/01/18 08:28 AM Any Veterinarians here?
marine65 Offline


Registered: 11/27/14
Posts: 468
Loc: Denver
My dog may need a bladder operation for stones.
The Vet gave me an estimate of $2K to 3K!
Yikes!
Is this about right?
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#4802072 - 07/01/18 08:36 AM Re: Any Veterinarians here? [Re: marine65]
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She used to work at a nice small town farm vet before working at the hospital. $600.

$2-3k is our local emergency clinic pricing.
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#4802075 - 07/01/18 08:44 AM Re: Any Veterinarians here? [Re: marine65]
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Registered: 10/22/09
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Loc: Wet side WA
Originally Posted By: marine65
My dog may need a bladder operation for stones.
The Vet gave me an estimate of $2K to 3K!
Yikes!
Is this about right?


Now you're seeing the benefit that pet insurance has brought us at the Vets office. They will have those prices matching your Doctors prices shortly.
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#4802080 - 07/01/18 08:49 AM Re: Any Veterinarians here? [Re: marine65]
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I'm going to come off as rude. I feel pets should live a life without expensive vet procedures and expensive pet meds.
If that was my dog, I'd let it live out till it dies or have it put to sleep if it is suffering.
I have a co-worker who's wife borrowed thousands from her 401K to keep their shih tzu alive a wee bit longer.
It wont stop at $2-3K I'm betting.
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#4802098 - 07/01/18 09:10 AM Re: Any Veterinarians here? [Re: skyactiv]
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Registered: 10/09/14
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Loc: Idaho
Originally Posted By: skyactiv
I'm going to come off as rude. I feel pets should live a life without expensive vet procedures and expensive pet meds.
If that was my dog, I'd let it live out till it dies or have it put to sleep if it is suffering.
I have a co-worker who's wife borrowed thousands from her 401K to keep their shih tzu alive a wee bit longer.
It wont stop at $2-3K I'm betting.
Sad it is but I agree !.
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#4802100 - 07/01/18 09:12 AM Re: Any Veterinarians here? [Re: marine65]
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Registered: 10/27/10
Posts: 1688
Loc: PA
Disclaimer: I'm NOT a vet.

Our oldest bordercollie is at 15 and he had blood in the urine and was physically uncomfortable.

Vet said stones. quoted a similar price to the OP. Also possibly some prostate issues as he's never been fixed.

After a year of a different diet he's pretty much back to normal, Vet said he probably passed a stone or two as well.

A different diet can make a big difference, just as it can with people.

Mine gets rice, ground turkey, carrots and peas all mixed in with a spoonful of wheat germ.
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#4802190 - 07/01/18 10:55 AM Re: Any Veterinarians here? [Re: JohnnyJohnson]
expat Offline


Registered: 05/12/09
Posts: 5399
Loc: Canada
Originally Posted By: JohnnyJohnson
Originally Posted By: marine65
My dog may need a bladder operation for stones.
The Vet gave me an estimate of $2K to 3K!
Yikes!
Is this about right?


Now you're seeing the benefit that pet insurance has brought us at the Vets office. They will have those prices matching your Doctors prices shortly.



Exactly, the sky is the limit!

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#4802193 - 07/01/18 10:58 AM Re: Any Veterinarians here? [Re: marine65]
Mr Nice Offline


Registered: 09/12/04
Posts: 21322
Loc: Orlando, FL
Originally Posted By: marine65
My dog may need a bladder operation for stones.
The Vet gave me an estimate of $2K to 3K!
Yikes!
Is this about right?


In my opinion, Yes.

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#4802211 - 07/01/18 11:09 AM Re: Any Veterinarians here? [Re: marine65]
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Registered: 09/02/05
Posts: 5492
Loc: MIchigan
This is what the recommend for humans>>>

Be sure to drink plenty of water as well and extra lemon juice, if possible. Continue this treatment for several days until the stone passes. It is thought that the lemon juice could break down the kidney stones and the olive oil would aid in lubrication to pass the stone more easily.

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#4802223 - 07/01/18 11:20 AM Re: Any Veterinarians here? [Re: marine65]
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Registered: 06/13/13
Posts: 1676
Loc: Virginia
See if there is a Veterinary School nearby, they do procedures for a lot less...

Also consider lithotripsy, either a laser or shock waves breakup the stones, allowing it to pass.

No cutting involved...
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#4802270 - 07/01/18 12:04 PM Re: Any Veterinarians here? [Re: dlundblad]
loneryder Offline


Registered: 04/19/14
Posts: 496
Loc: WV
Originally Posted By: dlundblad
She used to work at a nice small town farm vet before working at the hospital. $600.

$2-3k is our local emergency clinic pricing.

+1 It's not a complicated or difficult surgery. Special diets can dissolve stones if they are not too big. Ask to see the xray. Any layman can see the stones and how big they are. Shop other vets.
CSU has a vet school up the road from you. Check them out as they do stuff at a discount so their students can observe and learn.


Edited by loneryder (07/01/18 12:06 PM)

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#4802493 - 07/01/18 04:35 PM Re: Any Veterinarians here? [Re: marine65]
JimR Offline


Registered: 05/25/05
Posts: 66
Loc: Western NC Mountains
It says you live in Denver, take your dog to "Planned Pethood Plus" clinic. Lookup Dr. Jeff Young on google.
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#4803403 - 07/02/18 06:19 PM Re: Any Veterinarians here? [Re: marine65]
marine65 Offline


Registered: 11/27/14
Posts: 468
Loc: Denver
The vet catheterized my dog and emptied his bladder.
The vet said she might have dislodged the blockage.
His urethra was infected and swollen.
They put him on antibiotics.
I saw his X ray. He had several small stones and one that was a centimeter in size.
So far he has been urinated pretty close to normal.
Before the procedure he could not urinate thats why i took him in.
The initial visit cost $364.00 that was manageable.
$2K to $3K is another story.
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#4803731 - 07/03/18 07:46 AM Re: Any Veterinarians here? [Re: marine65]
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Registered: 02/12/08
Posts: 854
Loc: Cleveland
Go to another vet and get a second quote.

Our original vet for some 25+ years quoted nearly 3x what a another vet, that came highly recommended, quoted. For my husky that had large masses (non-cancer) that had to be removed the size of softballs. When my original vet quoted $1600 for one mass removal (he had a few, but the largest they wanted to remove) I took him in for a second opinion at this new vet closer to home. They quoted $600 for the same thing, which during the procedure, the doctor decided to remove a second one (free). He also did a deep tooth cleaning while the pup was under for a minor upcharge about half the price it normally would be since he already is under for the procedure. Pup did well for the procedure and is far more comfortable now without a 4lb mass hanging between his back legs...

Just like anything, get another quote for things like this. Even if like us, you had that vet a LONG time. You would be surprised how much it can vary. I would have paid the $1600 if need be, but it was nice saving that money and now the new vet is our full-time go to. They are fantastic and pricing is much better on that type of stuff. It's worth shopping around sometimes.


Edited by xBa380 (07/03/18 07:50 AM)

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#4804315 - 07/03/18 06:40 PM Re: Any Veterinarians here? [Re: marine65]
marine65 Offline


Registered: 11/27/14
Posts: 468
Loc: Denver
I have an appointment on Monday with a Vet i used before to get a second opinion.
I'm having the X Rays and exam notes sent over.
So this time the charge should be just a normal visit.
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