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Old 09-04-2011, 07:13 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi,

In your experiences, what are the price ranges for cat surgeries, ranging from routine stuff to emergency/risky types of surgeries.

We were quoted 15000$ CND for an emergency cat surgery which would have involved removing clumps of puss that was crushing our cat's lungs. I am wondering if this type of costing is normal.
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Old 09-05-2011, 01:15 AM   #2 (permalink)
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It really depends on what type of surgery it is. There are surgeries that cost hundreds and there are ones that cost thousands. But 15000 is a price I've never heard of. It could be because its an emergency surgery. Emergency usually charge a lot more than regular.
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Old 09-05-2011, 01:16 AM   #3 (permalink)
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150.00 or 15,000.00 ?
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Old 09-05-2011, 01:22 AM   #4 (permalink)
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$1,500?

Costs vary wildly in the United States, I wouldn't have any idea what's normal for Canada....
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Old 09-05-2011, 08:21 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Any kind of thoracic surgery would require a ventilator and a specialist so $1,500 would actually be cheap for that, if that is the case. But that's US, not Canada.
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Old 09-05-2011, 11:55 AM   #6 (permalink)
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I can't help you with what various surgeries might cost, but based on my participation on this Forum, I have concluded that vet costs in Canada are much higher than costs in the U.S. For example, it cost me a little over $1,000 to have Abby spayed and microchipped (standard surgery with no complications), which I take it is much higher than the cost in the U.S.
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Old 09-05-2011, 12:10 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Hi Susan, I think you were overcharged with the spay price. I got my Meatball spayed this July, and the cost is 217 CAD, including the pain killer afterwards and the cone collar. I live in Toronto. Actually that price is considered higher than average. Couple of my friends got their cats spayed for less than 200. The low cost spay from the shelter is only around 100. I don't trust those kind though. Over 1000 is an outragous price.
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Old 09-06-2011, 04:44 AM   #8 (permalink)
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It depends a lot on what you are having done and the vet.

To get a cat spayed/neutered where I live costs anywhere from 20 to 150. I usually take my cats to a low-cost clinic that the rescue I work with uses, but paid the higher price for two of my cats. One was a six month old male that I wanted neutered before he got grand ideas of spraying. The other was a foundling kitten cat that almost died of pneumonia and malnutrition after I found her. I felt better having the vet who knew her best spay here and monitor her closely.
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I agree that it probably varies with both type of surgery and location. My cat's spays and neuters were both free (covered in the adoption costs which were only $100 and $200 respectively) but it does seem that emergency surgeries are more expensive.

I have a friend who had to have surgery done on her cat due to a blockage from urinary crystals and I think that was somewhere around $2000 if I remember correctly. But I could be mistaken, that may have been the costs of multiple visits/procedures to deal with the whole ordeal, I don't remember exactly.
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Old 09-11-2011, 10:21 PM   #10 (permalink)
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As s vet student, I haven't had to learn costs yet, but I do know that a thoracic surgery, especially one involving infectious material, and especially especially an emergency is going to be complicated and expensive. And unfortunately, if it is what you are describing the prognosis isn't really a guarantee. Did they give you a prognosis?
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