Though actually we use Pet Plan which has full coverage for "all hereditary, congenital and chronic conditions" which I believe would cover breed specific issues.
*knocks on wood until knuckles go numb* We have never had a medical emergency or any serious problem with Sydney. We've had her almost 5 years now. Most we've spent is about 250-300 a year for routine vet check ups/vaccines.
OH, and one time she had a VERY minor staph infection on her face, but we just needed a round of antibiotics and it cleared up in a couple days. That was probably about a 100 for the exam and perscription.
We've only just got our puppy and her annual was around 75 plus shots.
Now we did have quite a bill for an emergency situation with our cat Helsing. He apparently climbed up in a car engine and got his hind legs cut up real bad. For a while we didn't know if he was gonna' lose his right hind leg paw but he made it through and still has his little paw. He has a permanent limp and is now a full time house kitty. In total it was around $400-500.
I'm lucky that vet bills here a relatively cheap, since nobody is offering pet insurance here.
Faith: ~ $1500 that we reimbursed the shelter upon adoption for her medical treatment.
Jing Jing: ~ $600 getting spayed
This is the type of thread new owners should read...you can plan and budget all you want, but you have to realize that a HUGE chunk might need to be done all at once.
To add, cat obstructions are insanely expenses and insanely labour intensive to deal with. When I worked at the clinic I was known as the person to handle them because I could hold the cats...have the scars to prove it lol
Biggest single bill was around $800 for removing a bladder stone from Legend. Also spent an additional $500 for treatment of a pinched nerve and some xrays for Legend a few months before that.
Most expensive Vet bill for a single visit was, I believe, a tooth extraction for my last dog Moira which was in the $500-550 range.
For a single animal over a length of time would again be for Moira when she was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma was at least $3,000+ over 4-5 months.
Over a length of time with multiple animals would be between January to June in 2010 for Moira and 2 of my cats would be probably $5,000+. I've never actually added it up but I know it was at least that much and in the end I lost all 3 of them (Moira to cancer, one cat to FIP, and the other cat to old age).
For my current dog, Hazel, it would be $325 for emergency surgery because she apparently was allergic to the sutures and had a festering infection that had to be cleaned out.
$3800 over a few days when Bandit was crashing. He passed away....
$1300 to repair his tail he injured on a Sunday morning while moving some cows into a holding pen and then pushing them in a shoot for worming.
Plus a thousand bucks in attempts to detail all the blood out of the interior of my truck.
The biggest vet bill I have seen was in the specialist hospital that my old clinic was next too.
The grand sum of 28 thousand dollars. This guy was clearing out some pigs from his farm with his dogs, (the dogs had suitable gear on, vest, etc etc) flushed a big boar and it ended up getting one of the dogs, gored its back, made a right mess of the dog.
This farmer got the dog choppered to the specialist clinic from his farm way out in the wops, got told the dog wouldn't be able to hunt again even if the surgery on its spine was a success, told them to go ahead anyway. They pulled the surgery off, and the dog is living out his life as the farmers best mate.
Indie has had no major bills worth noting, touch wood.
My most expensive vet bill ever was my cat, Felix. He had a urinary obstruction, complicated by the fact that he went into congestive heart failure (he has a heart condition). They had to wait to do the bladder stone removal surgery until his CHF was stable. That cost us about $1500 for the week. Actually, Felix has been our problem child all along - he has had four episodes of fatty liver disease over the years, and his heart problem, HCM. We spend a lot just on routine testing for him. I think I would probably have a heart attack if I added up the amount I have spent on him in the 10 years we have had him!
My most expensive dog visit was only $600. Sasha was vomiting and having bloody diarrhea and she was hospitalized for the week for fluids and testing. Never did find out exactly what was wrong, but she is okay now.
We have been quite lucky as costs go....but her spay/chipping visit and a late night visit to the emergency vet that required x-rays (there was no major issue, just a sprain thank goodness) were the largest ones.
We have had our dog for less than a month and our current bill is shaping up to be the biggest. A few days after we got him we noticed a red bump on his tail. $45 for a consultation + $25 for antibiotic ointment because the vet saw a mild skin infection. It didn't clear up, so $45 for a follow-up + $55 for a skin cytology + $35 for a week of antibiotics. Looked better but we felt a mass... $45 for the follow-up + $450 for a biopsy. So that's ~$700 right there (not including taxes), and now we're waiting on the biopsy. :/
He was a rescue dog and when we got him his tail was fine. Not the best luck in the world, so far. Now I'm thinking about pet insurance. :P
My mothers dog just today got diagnosed with 4 things
-allergies (already knew about but they're getting worse)
-luxating patella (sp?) in both legs
-and the canine equivalent of MRSA (where the hell she even pick that up?)
So I'm keeping a tally this month..should I be including the cost of bleach as well?
Wow....most of those bills make my highest look like chump change.
My highest was when we had to have Capone's tail removed. He had suffered and old, untreated break in his tail before we found him. Do to the severity of the break the blood flow to the end half of his tail was compromised and the tail became necrotic. 458$ later he had a cute li'l wiggly nub.
We've had a few.
At around a year old, he came up limping, completely not bearing any weight on back leg. Finally took him in, $450 later and x-rays, etc, a simple blood test revealed he tested positive for lymes.
Then at 3yrs old, he had some stomach thing. Still ticked because I had to go to a vet open on Sunday and I know I was ripped off but was just so scared my dog was majorly ill. So ended up leaving him there overnight on IV's, etc, and $1200 later...
He had to have surgery on a tooth (because of a slight over-bite) and his canine tooth was puncturing his upper palate. $1400 when it was all said and done (he went to a dental specialist and had a 'vital pulpotemy'.
$2,500 for a triple pelvic osteotomy for Mick's grade 4 hip dysplasia.
$4,600 over 2 weeks when Max was diagnosed with lymphoma. It would have been much higher but he didn't respond to treatment and I had him pts.
$6,000 for 2 triple pelvic osteotomies for Puddin's bilateral grade 3 hip dysplasia. Worth every penny to watch her run painfree for the past seven and a half years.
I seem to spend about $400-600 every time I go in, whether it's for the dog or the rabbits. The rabbits have been for tummy troubles, and for the dog it was his lyme diagnosis and other tests (plus meds, and more flea and tick stuff). So not too much all at once, but I'm sure I spend >$1,000 per year.
Our biggest so far was about $600 when Kallie had to have her tail partially docked. We've been pretty lucky!