How Much Does Obstructed Bowel Surgery for a Dog Cost?
Obstructed bowel surgery is performed when there is a blockage in the dog’s digestive tract. An obstruction in the digestive tract is generally caused by the dog or puppy swallowing an item that is not meant to be digested, such as a toy. Since puppies generally tend to eat anything that is around the home, it is essential to keep the home free and clear in the same way that you would for a baby. The cost of this surgery is going to vary depending on the surgeon performing it, the location, the breed of the dog and complexity of the situation.
How much is it?
- Since it is essential that a dog is taken into the vet’s office right away, this is going to be a procedure that will have to be done immediately. The average cost for this surgery can cost anywhere from $900 to as much as $4,000, depending on how complicated the situation is.
- For example, a smaller item lodged in the intestinal tract, such as a rawhide bone, may be easier to remove, compared to a few squeaker toys.
- If you are fast enough, a vet may be able to induce vomiting. If the dog is able to throw up the item before it enters the digestive tract, the fee can be considerably less – around the $150 to $400 mark.
- According to the website MedHelp.org, a user had stated that they had brought in their 14 year old pit bull. The whole surgery was upwards of $5,000 and the additional treatments brought it to a grand total of more than $6,000. The procedure took around an hour and they were able to pick up the dog within 24 hours.
What are the extra costs?
- Sedation and medications will be necessary both during and after the procedure. This is to ensure that the dog is not feeling any pain during the surgery.
- X-rays may be needed to better see the obstruction before surgery. This will most likely be an extra cost.
- A follow-up appointment will be necessary to ensure that the dog is recovering properly. Dogs may need to stay in the hospital for up to 5 days after the surgery, leading to additional overnight fees.
- Emergency visits to the vet are going to cost more than a scheduled surgery. Keep in mind that something as severe as a bowel obstruction may have to be taken care of as soon as possible.
What is going to be included?
- Before surgery is performed, a vet will try to induce vomiting. This has a rather high success rate if the dog just swallowed the object.
- If the dog cannot produce the object through vomiting, an endoscopy will have to be performed. Surgery will be performed as a last resort.
- Most vets are going to want to monitor the dogs activity for upwards of one day to ensure that it’s brought back to good health.
How can I save money?
- Emergency clinics are going to be more than your personal clinic. While you do not want to wait around to have this procedure done, check to see if you can get into your personal vet rather than the emergency vet to save at least 20 to 40%.