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I've been looking at insurance plan and it makes me wonder about the cost of some common illnesses and emergencies. Harvey is 9 months old and my first dog. He recently cut his paw on some metal edging in the backyard (we have plastic covering it but I think it's coming up in some spots- planning to rip it all out as soon as the snow melts) and the bill for his stitches and bandage changes came close to $600. I was already thinking about insurance and after that, I definitely will get it soon.

Just wondering, what has been your most expensive vet bill?
 

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Tango's elbow surgery time period was crazy-3, 500 is my biggest vet bill.
 

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My largest vet bill would have to be when Einstein got a paralysis tick he had to stay at the vets for a week had 2 blood trenfescions he stopped breathing and they had to give a injection into the heart. Cost me $700 in the end but well worth it.
 

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My biggest vet bill was just about a year ago, trying to first help my Rowdy breathe (larangeal paralysis surgery) followed by intensive care to try to save him from the aspiration pneumonia that followed. While I don't remember the exact amount it was in the $6,000 to $8,000 range.

Would I spend the money again? Yes, but hoping the results would be different .. my Rowdy never did get to come home until after he was cremated.
 

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1 broken front leg, requiring surgery with screws & plates: $2,700
tonsillitis, recurrant: $350
the nastiest hot spot requiring antibiotics, shaving, cortisone shot, pain relief: $250+

mine both have accidental pet insurance, costing $15/mo each.
 

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When Daisy's knee surgery turned into a weekend of recurring bloat. $1k for the knee surgery, another $1K in emergency vet visits, ~$500 for one day of hospitalization, all total somewhere close to $3k.

She came home alive. Sunrise, your post is so sad, I'm sorry.
 

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We've has multiple in the $3-$7K range over the years with different dogs.

In 2 1/2 years, our first golden's medical expenses totaled about $15K with cancer treatments and associated care.

Just a consult with a specialist seems to end up costing about $1K in this area.
 

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The most expensive was 4,324.00. That came after the 1,500.00 bill 3 months prior. This was in 2003. There were additional expenses that went along with these two bills. I now have pet insurance.
 

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probably around 4k.

my lab broke her leg jumping up on our pool deck. 3 surgeries and a year of sleeping with her on the floor later, our vet admitted he had placed her leg plate a few millimeters off resulting in yet another pressure fracture and oncoming arthritis at 2 years old. when it came time to pay, he definitely seemed to forget his mistake.

i still cringe every time i see my golden limp, whimper, or make a quick move. totally scarring experience. :(
 

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We've has multiple in the $3-$7K range over the years with different dogs.

In 2 1/2 years, our first golden's medical expenses totaled about $15K with cancer treatments and associated care.

Just a consult with a specialist seems to end up costing about $1K in this area.
I would have to move to a different area.;)
 

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Have had a few large vet bills over the years which involved surgery but the most expensive was for my Rottie/GSD Max. He spend well over a week at the vets with what we thought was pancreatitis.
He finally had to have exploratory surgery to see why he wasn't getting better. He wagged his tail right into the surgery room and sadly died on the table when it was discovered he had advanced stomach cancer. (OK, am now crying hard. How I miss my baby boy). All costs came to well over $6,000.00 and that was 6 years ago.
(A special thank you goes out to my estranged sister who was a generous benefactress to all my furry ones).
 

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I am pretty sure our biggest bill at one time was our Max whom was incorrectly diagnosed with kennel cough when he actually had megaesophagus. We changed vets , got a correct diagnosis but too late to save my heart boy whom we had to let go to the Bridge, almost 11 years ago in Feb. It was somewhere in the $1500-$3000. range. I would have spent much more to save him.

Gunner's diagnosis of uveitis, cataract and glaucoma by a veterinary opthomologist and his weekly treatments for months has been very expensive. He now sees the opthomologist every six months now that his eyes have stabilized and is treated with several eye drops twice daily. I don't even want to know what the total is and it is much better than a Gunner with no eyes.
 

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I'm so sorry for the furbabies that didn't come home.

My largest expense was $750 for a trip to the emergency vet for vomiting and diarrhea when Jamie was 4 months old. He had Xrays, IV fluids, blood tests and spent the night. I just mention this to show that even a relatively minor problem in an otherwise healthy pup can be quite expensive. Adding in followup care it was over 1K.

One moneysaving tip might be to find a group practice. The above would probably have been cheaper if it had not occured on a Thursday which was the vet's day off.
 

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Our biggest one time bill came in March, 2009 when Phoenix underwent surgery for bloat. The bill was only $1,200 but we could have cared less about that......the biggest loss was our beloved boy who was only 8.

We've been very fortunate that aside from annual check ups and immunizations and a few minor things, our dogs have been very healthy.
 

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I had three "biggies" hit all in a row and at one time owed the vet around $6000. The biggies were Brandy emergency kidney removal, Tucker ACL surgery after being trampled by a horse, and Twister some unknow illness left him at the vets for 6 days. I keep asking the vet how my new wing is coming.
 

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Dakota - 2007. He ate some 5 pounds of Gravel.

Total costs between two Vets (Primary and Surgical Center) was just under $6000.

Dakota - 2008. Ate some 15 cups of Kibble from a new bag I had forgotten to put away. Overnight stay in the ER, X-Rays, several bags of fluids (at $160 a pop !). Total cost around $2200.

Comet - 2008. Stopped eating. Did not eat for 13 days except for what I force-fed with a syringe. On the 13th day, he started eating again. We never did find out what the problem was. Total cost for the ordeal was around $2100.

Nikita - 2000. Mass Cell Cancer on upper Gum. Surgery to remove. Was told if she made it 6 months she would be fine. At 6 months and 3 days, an egg appeared on her stomach. Another one. Removed. 10 days later the cancer mastetized and we lost her. I think the total costs for the 7 months was around $6000.
 

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Moxie and Jack combined largest has only been $200 I am very lucky in that sense.
 

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My most expensive was Marie the Pug, with what turned out to be cancer-$4700+ dollars. She was very sick for 2 months before she died.

With the Goldens, my most expensive (other than clearances) was $2500 for an MRI for Scarlet, age 10. We knew she probably had a brain tumor but I wanted to see if there was anything we could do. There wasn't-she had 2 meningiomas, noncancerous, but both were inoperable due to location. She died a few weeks later.

Insurance probably would have helped with Marie but I don't know about Scarlet.
 

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I think the most I've paid at one time was $3000.00 for diagnosis and removal of a calcinosis circumstripta growth on Mad's spine.

However, in the 21 months I've had her, her total vet expenses (incuding the above) have been around $12,000 due to some minor incidences and Juevenile renal disease.

Would I be without pet insurance again no. Would I spend this money again, absolutely, I'll keep paying for her specialist etc. as long as I'm lucky enough to have her with me.
 
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