How Much Does a Dog Endoscopy Cost?
An endoscopy is done as a way to examine the colon, the stomach as well as the other internal organs of your dog. Usually, rigid scopes are used to check the genitourinary tract and abdominal system of your dog by being inserted into the rectum. On the other hand, flexible scopes are used to check your dog’s trachea, small intestines, and the major airway of your lungs. This type of endoscopy is done by inserting the flexible scope through the mouth. An endoscopy can be done for a few different reasons. If your dog has swallowed a foreign object that it will not be able to digest, an endoscope can be used to find it and remove it. If your dog has been suffering from diarrhea, vomiting, weight loss, abdominal pain, or loss of appetite, an endoscopy may help the veterinarian determine what is wrong.
How much does it cost?
- On average, a dog endoscopy is going to cost anywhere from $800 to as much as $2,000.
- At Avcnh.com, the cost of an endoscopy costs $850. On the other hand, a rhinoscopy will cost around $975.
- According to one veterinarian that answered a question on Justanswer.com, the price of an endoscopy can cost anywhere from $1,000 to $1,800.
What is going to be included?
- During the procedure, your dog will be sedated so that it will not be uncomfortable. After anesthetized, your dog will be placed on the operating table, and the endoscope will be inserted through your dog’s mouth. Fiber optic cables are then used through the tube so light can pass through the stomach.
- The veterinarian will then be able to see what is inside the stomach of your dog. There are also channels wherein water could be flushed to clean the tip of the endoscope. A different channel is then added so it could grasp the foreign object. If an item is spotted that has to be removed, it will be done during this time.
- Depending on the item found (if found), the object may be able to come out with the help of an endoscope. However, if the item is smooth, round or slick and slimy, the object may have to be pulled out using a different procedure.
- If the dog is having the endoscopy for other health issues, the same procedures will be used, except that the scope may be inserted through the rectum. This depends on the symptoms and what the doctor is looking for. An endoscopy can help diagnose many things, even cancer in serious cases.
What are the extra costs?
- An initial cost of $70 to $100 for the vet examination fee of your dog will probably be charged.
- An x-ray and/or ultrasound is also necessary to check out if there is any abnormality. These two things will determine if your dog needs an endoscopy. SEE: “How much does a dog x-ray cost?“
- Say, for example, that your dog needs to undergo surgery like a foreign body removal, cruciate repair or splenectomy, the surgery will cost around $1,400 to $2,600 to complete.
- There will also be additional charges if your vet requires additional diagnostics before the procedure begins.
- An endoscopy that has to be done as an emergency can cost $100 to $300 more.
Factors that influence the price:
- Type of endoscopy. There are different endoscopies for your dog. It could be a rhinoscopy, urethroscopy, laparoscopy, tracheoscopy, colonoscopy and gastroduodenoscopy.
- Person doing the endoscopy. It gets more expensive if the one doing the endoscopy is an internal medicine specialist.
- Scoping. If both ends are scoped, it is going to cost more.
- Area. An endoscopy varies depending on the area in which you live.
Tips to know:
- If there is a foreign object found that cannot be removed by endoscopy within 45 minutes, surgery must take place.
- A good veterinarian perfect for the endoscopy procedure would have to be an internal medicine specialist.
- To avoid any complications, be sure not to feed your dog on the day of the procedure.
- Be sure to follow the medical recommendations of your vet to avoid any complications.
Questions to ask your vet:
- How should I prepare for the procedure?
- Will my dog need a surgery?
- What kind of endoscopy will take place?
- What happens after an endoscopy?
- What are the diagnostic tests needed before the procedure?
How can I save money?
- If you do not have a pet insurance policy, it may be time to consider one. Like an insurance policy for humans, a pet insurance policy will cover many medical needs and can potentially save you thousands.
- In order to save money, you need to take preventive measures to avoid getting an endoscopy altogether. You should not let your dog play with small items that could be swallowed.