How Much Does a Cat Leg Amputation Cost?
A cat leg amputation is performed when a cat either has a disease or a significant leg injury and the leg is no longer mobile . After a leg amputation, cats will surprisingly revert back to their old ways, sometimes not even knowing a leg is missing. Most cats will not suffer mentally. An amputation on a cat can be performed on all breeds, no matter what the age is. The cost of the amputation is going to vary depending on the severity of the issue, the veterinarian performing it, geographical location and if any other tests are required.
How much is it?
- Depending on the area in which you live, expect to pay in the range of $800 to $2,000. This is generally going to include the initial visit, the x-rays performed to diagnose the problem, as well as the surgery itself.
- The sugery in younger cats tends to cost more than in cats over the age of 2.
- Higher cost of living areas such as San Diego and New York City can cost upwards of $2,500 depending on the complexity of the issue.
- If the disease or fracture can be solved via a simple surgery and no amputation is required, this can cost anywhere from $300 to $1,200.
What are the extra costs?
- A follow up visit will be required to ensure that the cat is healing properly. An office visit fee will generally apply.
- Some veterinarian offices will not include the x-ray fees or lab work that needs to be done. It’s important to ask to see what’s going to be included in the overall bill.
- Pain killers will be prescribed after the amputation has been performed .
- Before the procedure is done, the vet will want to take blood to ensure that cancer and or trauma is present. There are many alternatives to a leg amputation that most vets will want to consider.
- If cancer is suspected, the vet will want to complete additional tests such as a biopsy, x-rays as well as additional blood work. This would then be sent off to a lab for further testing, which could take up to a few weeks.
What is going to be included?
- A cat will be put under general anesthesia, as well as have it’s blood drawn to pinpoint the exact problem.
- With the x-rays, the vet will be able to determine if there’s a fracture or any tumors present. X-rays can be charged per picture.
- If a tumor is present, the surgery will be performed to remove the limb as well as the tumor to ensure that it does not grow back and spread.
- A doctor will recommend that a cat’s leg is completely amputated when trauma is noted or cancer is present. With a tumor, the only way to have it not spread would be through a surgery such as this.
How can I save money?
- Explore your options with more than 2 vets to ensure that you receive the best quote. Keep in mind that amputation isn’t always the best option; there can be other alternatives to consider as well.
- Most clinics can work on a payment plan over the next few years rather than paying up front.