How Much Does Pyometra Cost?
Pyometra is a potentially life-threatening condition that affects the uterus of an unspayed cat or dog. Dogs are more prone to developing the infection than cats and the risk will increase with age. It can occur regardless of the animal’s heat cycle or whether it has been bred or not.
How much does it cost?
- On average, the entire procedure is going to cost $500 to as much as $1,600, depending on the severity of the condition and vet performing the procedure.
- For example, a vet on JustAnswer.com said that his clinic would charge around $1,200 to $1,500 for the procedure.
- At Animal Alliance, a freestanding low-cost spay/neuter clinic for cats and dogs in New Jersey, the cost of dog spaying is $125 to $250, depending on the weight of the animal. For a pyometra emergency surgery, an additional $200 is required for IV fluids, antibiotics, hospitalization, and pain medication.
What is going to be included?
- Pyometra is a bacterial infection that affects the uterus and arises during a certain part of the animal’s heat cycle. Pyometra has two types: open-cervix and closed-cervix. Dogs with closed-cervix pyometra are often more critically ill than those with open-cervix pyometra. Symptoms of pyometra include lethargy, vomiting, poor appetite, as well as increased thirst and urination. The veterinarian checks the animal for signs of pyometra, including the presence of vaginal discharge and an enlarged and fluid-filled uterus.
- During the surgical procedure, the dog will immediately put on fluids to help keep the dog hydrated. The procedure is going to basically be a spay; however, the chances of risk is greater, due to the chance of toxic contents mixing with the uterus. To prevent the toxins from mixing in, the vet will often create a “dam” that is used to create a barrier. With the barrier, they will be able to remove the pus.
What are the extra costs?
- A series of blood and/or urine tests will be run by the veterinarian. The test will typically show that the body is fighting a severe infection. An ultrasound or X-ray is also usually performed to check the uterus. The cost of the tests may depend on the veterinarian or laboratory.
- Other extra costs include medications prescribed after a treatment method.
Factors that influence the price:
- Treatment. Spaying is one form of preventing pyometra. Removing the uterus before it becomes infected will completely prevent pyometra. The process can be done on a female dog around six months. Spaying can cost $300 to $600, depending on the type of animal. If getting your pet spayed through a charity, the cost can be reduced.
- Medical management. There are cases when medical management is needed to treat pyometra, particularly when the patient is a young and valuable breeding bitch. In this process, a hormone called prostaglandin f 2 alpha is administered for 3 to 5 days together with antibiotics and fluids. There are side effects to this form of treatment and these include drooling, vomiting, and diarrhea. In the event that the animal does not respond well to this treatment, surgery will need to be considered.
- Professional fees. Doctor’s fees can vary from one veterinarian to another and may depend on their experience and credentials.
Tips to know:
- There are cases when an animal dies even after undergoing the best treatment. This occurs when the patient suffers septic shock, or when toxins have moved out of the uterus and entered the bloodstream.
- If you wish to breed your animal, consult with your veterinarian regarding the potential health risks and what will be involved in the event that they arise.
How can I save money?
- The best way to prevent pyometra is by having your animal spayed the soonest time possible. When the uterus is removed, the likelihood of it developing the infection is down to zero, avoiding costly pyometra-related expenses.
- Conduct online research on animal clinics that provide low cost, inexpensive emergency spay services. They usually provide the service at a considerably lower price than procedures done in an emergency veterinary hospital.
- Those who can’t afford the payments up front can often work out payment plans with the vet’s office.