Average Vet Costs - National

Here's an interesting article on the national average cost of veternary care for pets. I remembered we discussed this recently in another thread. Thought you might be interested.

YOU CAN'T CLAIM THEM as dependents on your tax return, but pets are truly part of your family. Need proof? Chances are, the medical bills Tigger and Max rack up rival your own, even if they haven't had major medical problems.

Dog owners spent an average of $785 on vet bills last year, while cat owners spent $516, according to the American Pet Products Manufacturers Association. (By contrast, on toys and treats, dog owners spent $115; cat owners $72.
Average Cost (National)
Repair a broken limb$350
Sew a torn knee ligament$383
Gastrotomy (to retrieve swallowed object)$274
X-rays$58 for the first, $36 for each additional
Anesthesia (per half hour)$56
Preanesthetic sedation$23
Preanesthetic exam$28
Anesthetic monitoring$19
Procedures for Dogs
Average Cost (National)
Adult canine wellness visit
(Includes physical examination, rabies vaccine, DHLPP vaccine, coronavirus vaccine, bordetella vaccine, leptospirosis vaccine, Lyme disease vaccine, heartworm combination examination [difil/direct/occult] and fecal examination.)
Canine spay$147.90 to $194.60 (depending on weight of dog)
Canine neuter$127.70 to $156.10 (depending on weight of dog)
Procedures for Cats
Average Cost (National)
Adult feline wellness visit
(Includes physical examination, rabies vaccine, FVRCP vaccine, FeLV vaccine, FIP vaccine, heartworm test [occult/antigen] and fecal examination.)
Feline spay$125
Feline neuter$83.10

* Data from the American Animal Hospital Association and Consumer Reports
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Seems like the pricing is average for South New Jersey area where we live, although I think $350 seems a little low for limb repair. I guess it depends how bad the break is. My neighbor spent almost $1,500 on her Min Pin's back leg but it literally snapped in half.
I guess I pay much less. I take the dog to the Vet once a year.
I get their vaccines at Animal Samaritians. They charge between 8 and 10 dollars per vaccine.
I did pay a lot for Harley's medical problems though.
But yearly charges are lower.
I paid $55 for Rags to be spayed
Pepsi's Mommy wrote:

I paid $55 for Rags to be spayed

Wow, I paid about $225.00 to have Daisy spayed 8O
bestdogsx4 wrote:
Wow, I paid about $225.00 to have Daisy spayed 8O

I was wrong, I paid $50 plus $12 for pain meds.
I just lucked out that this place is close. http://www.animalsamaritans.org/
Pepsi was also neutered there for the same price last year.
Oh I can relate to those vet bills. Just this month I paid 225 dollars for all my kitties to be updated on innoculations and rabies. My vet gave me a 40% discount too or else it would have been more!

The following week I paid 476 dollars for Panda's grooming, sedation, and a host of other things done while he was under.

Not complaining as I often joked that Ralph my three legged cat was a 1,000 cat and Shaggy was my 4,000 dollar dog. Yes, it means I gave up a lot of Starbucks trips and shoes but they are my babies!

I thought I'd chime in on our recent experience with veterinarian bills and food bills...

Over the course of the last two years, our vet bills have run about $5,000 and our dog food bill has run $1,000. Mulligan has had a sore neck issue for most of this time; much of the cost of the vet is for pain medication. Other than a sore neck, he has been in generally fine health.

So the basic expenses over the last 24 months for maintaining our 7 to 9 year old dog who is in fair shape have averaged just about $250 per month.

This does not include 'extras' of any sort; leashes, rain gear, muttluks, bones, toys or similar. Or the cost of table scraps (very minimal)... or the fish oil we give him. This also does not include indirect expenses such as finding/staying in per friendly accommodations, buying 4 door cars, etc. It also does not include savings such as not taking a vacation when the dog is not feeling 100%. Then again, we haven't had a vacation in years.
I just paid $385 for blood test, dental cleaning and 3 teeth extraction, pain meds and antibiotic for Harry!
SheepieBoss wrote:
I just paid $385 for blood te :cow: st, dental cleaning and 3 teeth extraction, pain meds and antibiotic for Harry!

The $$ given on the home page are very decieving for the ACL repair and bone fracture. Those prices MUST be just what the doctor charges for their time. Not the anesthesia, sterile packs , etc...... Thats not fair to clients.
In Ontario if your dog needs to be sedated for any reason - surgery, teeth cleaning etc - expect the bill to start at $1,000 and go from there. Ziggi needs a lump removed and I just paid $250 for the pre-op blood work and the surgery will be over $1,000.

I keep telling Ziggi she needs to get off her ass and find a job - anything get a paper route, greeter at Walmart - just get a job and stop lying around sleeping on the couch all day
^^^^^^ :D :D

Michele, I have to agree. I have spent many hours trying to figure out how to put Oscar to work!!!

Our vet costs here in Chicago are similar to those in Ontario. If Oscar is going to be put under for any reason (growth removal, teeth cleaning), it is never under $1000, usually around $1500. This is partly due to his size, as he is 110 lbs, and it just takes more anesthesia, more meds, etc. than it would take to do the same procedure on a small dog. Things are just more expensive in these major metro areas as well. Every time Oscar gets an IBD flare-up or pancreatitis, it's an automatic $3000 to do the monitoring blood work and keep him properly hydrated with IVs and subQ fluids. Oscar is not a cheap date!!! :wink:

Laurie and Oscar
vet fees are outa this world here in Halifax nova scotia
beautifull dogs die here,cause some porer folks cant afford those fees...getting to be worse then human fees..
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