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How Much Does Dog Pancreatitis Treatment Cost?

 average costAverage Claim: $482 
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Pancreatitis is inflammation of the pancreas, which disrupts this gland's functioning and releases toxins. Acute pancreatitis is unpredictable -- ranging from one day of illness to kidney failure and even death. But chronic pancreatitis can usually be controlled fairly easily with a special low-fat[1] has an overview of pancreatitis in dogs.

Typical costs:

  • Treatment cost can vary between $200 and $1,000-plus per episode, depending on the size of the dog, the severity of the condition and how many days of treatment are required. The cost includes diagnosis, which could involve laboratory tests, X-rays and ultrasound, as well as round-the clock monitoring and multiple blood tests per day during hospitalization -- which can last from one to five days or more.
  • The average pancreatitis treatment claim amount submitted by policyholders of Veterinary Pet Insurance[2] is $482.
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What should be included:
  • Treatment involves withholding food and water for two to three days and preventing dehydration with intravenous fluids and potassium supplementation.
Additional costs:
  • Pain management, with injections or patches or drips, and nausea control, usually are necessary. Antibiotics might also be used to control bacteria released from diseased tissue.
  • If 80 percent of the pancreas is damaged, it will be unable to produce insulin, resulting in diabetes mellitus. Managing this disease can be costly -- $200 or more for diagnosis and initial treatment and $30 or more per month for maintenance -- and can require a special diet and insulin.[3] has a primer on diabetes mellitus.
  • Some dogs who have one episode of pancreatitis will go on have additional episodes, so repeated treatment might be required.
  • Treatment for pancreatitis is commonly covered under veterinary health insurance plans, so the pet owner pays only part of the cost for an insured dog. However, many plans do not cover pre-existing conditions.
Shopping for dog pancreatitis treatment:
  • When a dog has symptoms that could indicate pancreatitis -- nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain -- it is important to get a diagnosis and treatment quickly. To find a good veterinarian, ask fellow dog owners, breeders or humane associations. Or, search at the American Veterinary Medical Association[4] to find your state's veterinary medical association for a referral. offers guidelines on how to find[5] and which questions to ask[6] a veterinarian.
  • Tip: If your dog must stay overnight at an animal hospital while undergoing treatments, ask the veterinarian for details about how pets are supervised and monitored during non-business hours.
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Amount: $575.00
Posted by: Anita Schack in Madisonville, TN.Posted: December 18th, 2014 05:12PM
Breed: yorkie/schnauzerTreatment: 1 night ER 1 night vet IV, meds
Vet: Dr. Murphy
Dog got into trash and ate the fat from the Thanksgiving ham. Next day started vomiting. Did not eat or drink for 24 hours. brought to ER and they started treatment right away. Did not look promising for a 12 year old. Picked up next morning and brought to her vet. She has bounced back almost 100% within a week. Everyone seemed very surprised at how well she is doing considering how bad she was. fever spiked to 104.2 in the ER.
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Acute Pancreatitis 13 years old, overweight
Amount: $769.00
Posted by: Kayde in Fresno, CA.Posted: December 8th, 2014 04:12PM
Breed: Alaska HuskyTreatment: Forced oral fluids, pain meds, death
Vet: Emergency Services
Tues morning I was woke by Emma's vomiting. She had gotten a hot dog and wet dog food night before. Wed vet said force electrolytes orally 3L but don't take her in. She continued vomiting and weak. Thursday still weak but drinking water and vomiting. Signs of head pressing and walking confused. Friday she was unresponsive so went to ER $65visit. Doc said she was critical and I should euthanize her. Labs were drawn for $302, kidney function was poor, liver was showing high levels, low blood pressure, sucken eyes with orange discharge, organs were dying and dehydration visible. Barely alive and IV hydration and extended admission would be over $2,000. Her quality of life was poor prior because of severe arthritis in her back and legs and I would have prolonged her pain. I waited too long to get her fluids administered so I blame myself and vet for her final 2 days of suffering. Old dogs dehydrate faster. I put her to sleep an hour of arrival at the ER. $195 Communal Creation
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pancreatitis with resulting diabetes
Amount: $4,000.00
Posted by: jenfitzpd in Jamestown, RI.Posted: December 2nd, 2014 06:12PM
Breed: Bichon MixTreatment:
Vet: Ocean state Vet
I'm pretty furious. My dog was lethargic and vomiting so I brought him in. They said likely pancreatitis and diabetes. The estimate for 3 nights was 1200 - $1800. I visited day 2, my dog did not even know who i was. He wasn't eating, wasn't really moving. Then they called and said to pick him up, he made a miraculous recovery. When I picked him up, the bill was $2300 for just the 2 nights (and treatment), despite the original high estimate of 1800 for 3 nights. He was barely able to move when i brought him home, just flopped his head to the side occasionally. I tested his urine, and within 1 hour of leaving the vet, ketones and glucose both off the charts. I called immediately, they said see how he tests tomorrow. This morning he tested the same way, off the charts. They told me to get him back there asap. I brought him in and they admitted him again, and gave me another estimate for approx 1700. I'm absolutely furious.
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Amount: $1,200.00
Posted by: Cristina Berger in Pittsburgh, PA.Posted: October 24th, 2014 08:10PM
Breed: YorkieTreatment: IV, x-ray, meds
Vet: Bradford hills, pittsburgh
My 2 year old yorkie who has never been sick, tarted vomiting blood one morning. Her blood results were off the chart, her amylase was 6 times higher than normal and all the enzymes and other things were just ridiculously high. She showed no signs prior that something might be wrong. her blood sugar was 400. After staying 2 days in the pet hospital and paid 800 for IV, x-ray, blood tests, hospital stay, tummy meds, antibiotics and anti-vomiting meds, I took her to the Er for the weekend. The ER person said that her pancreas is severely damaged and she has little chance of getting better even after intensive care for another week or so. They were charging me 1000 per day. I decided to put her down, especially after being told that she might have severe complications even after rebounding.
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Amount: $400.00
Posted by: Posted by: Debra Crotsley, Homosassa, Florida in Homosassa, FL.Posted: June 9th, 2012 08:06PM
Breed: Yorkshire TerrierTreatment: IV Therapy/Antibiotics
Vet: Midway Animal Hospital
Our 5 year old dog was lethargic on Tues. had loose stools Weds. and vomited that evening. Lethargic and not eating or drinking Thurs. and vomited on Friday with diarrhea. Had IV therapy for an hour, antibotics and was sent home on antibotics for next five days and also medicines to help with nausea. Was told to give her soft crackers and water and low fat gastric intestinal soft brand canned dog food that they gave us for next two days. She did not want to drink so we used the small syringes that they gave us for meds and gave her water every hour around the clock. It is very important to keep them hydrated. Also, never give any type of people food and give them very low fat dog food and keep your dog also at an acceptable low weight for their breed. If you give them treats, make sure these have very little to no meat product either. You can order low fat gastric intestinal food products online and have them deliverd. Our dog does very well on these products and loves them!
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Pancreatitis - Please no more table scraps for your dog
Amount: $2,500.00
Posted by: a user in Tampa, FL.Posted: May 25th, 2012 08:05AM
Breed: BichonTreatment: IV therapy
Vet: Dale Mabry Animal Hospital
Dog started Vomiting on Saturday, could not hold down water. Was teated with IV and anitibotics, returned home, had another flair up from just drinking water and 1st meal of boiled chicken, five days more or IV fluids and ultrasound (no other apparent abnormalities other than pancreatitis)he passed on.
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Amount: $3,000.00
Posted by: Jackie Tobia in Bridgewater, .Posted: September 18th, 2011 07:09PM
Breed: BeagleTreatment: Fluids/fentanyl/Ultrasound
Vet: Red Bank Hillsborough
Vometing/lathargic/no appetite. Has been on IV for 4 days and developed jaundice. Her fever went down and she started eating small amounts of food. Hopefully if she doenst vom in the next day i can take her home. Very expensive but she is my baby. She got a hold of 1 pound of raw bacon.
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Amount: $5,000.00
Posted by: Dixielou in West Palm Beach, FL.Posted: August 25th, 2011 07:08AM
Breed: Miniature PinshcerTreatment: ICU, blood, ultrasound, IV, meds
Went 2 weeks with vet thinking it was a tummy virus until jaundice showed. ICU for four days, followed by home care. Liver enzymes stayed elevated, but vet wasn't too concerned due to damage to organs. Relapse one year later. All levels coming down except GGT. Suspect gallbladder problem, further pancreatitis or diabetes. Having ultrasound today to get answers. Dog is 9 years old.
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Posted by: garnet in Santa Rosa, CA.Posted: May 16th, 2011 04:05PM
dont feed your dog people food,plz
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Amount: $5,000.00
Posted by: Molloys in Upstate NY in Greenville, NY.Posted: May 11th, 2011 05:05AM
Breed: BassetTreatment: IV Fluids,Pain,Antibiotics
Vet: 3 Different Ones
1st time took him to Capital District Emergency,Latham,NY for $1300. for 15 hrs. 3p-8am of IV treatment/tests but would not keep him because they are only open off hours so they can get big bucks. Took him from there to internal specialist for a day then took him to opthamologist/internal specialist combo office for balance of treatment for the week to save his eyes as well. Turned out after healing they couldn't operate on his eyes afterall just wasn't a candidate and then 8 months later, now, 2nd bout of pancreatitis on a Sunday again, only lasted 1 day and killed him before I got him to the vet again on Monday morning. Died in my arms and I miss him so, regret that he had to suffer the pain of pancreatitis but the intense cost prohibited me from bringing him in to Emergency on Sunday, wanted to wait for less cost on Monday. Now I'm full of regrets for his suffering. Forgive me Elvis...
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Amount: $1,800.00
Posted by: a user in Whippany, NJ.Posted: May 4th, 2011 11:05AM
Breed: siberian husky, 7Treatment: iv fluids, xray, hospitalization ICU,
Vet: Madison NJ
came on sudden, bloody stool, vomiting. Brought her right in. They said I caught early, but my dogs are my life so cost doesn't matter.
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Amount: $1,000.00
Posted by: kasey in Kansas City, KS.Posted: January 17th, 2011 11:01AM
Breed: BrittanyTreatment: iv therapy, xrays, blood work
Vet: Banfieod
Our 11-year-old dog had two repeated episodes.
The second, a motnth later was more severe. Had put him to sleep. Could not afford the intensive in hospital iv theraphy and vet said most likely there would be another incident.
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Amount: $1,365.00
Posted by: a user in Pismo Beach, Ca. in Pismo Beach, CA.Posted: December 8th, 2010 07:12PM
Breed: Queensland HeelerTreatment: xrays, iv fluids, antinausea, antibiotic
Vet: Pet Center, Atascadero, Ca.
My 44lb 13yr old Queensland Heeler has had a bout of pancreatitis. We think it was caused by a hearty dinner of bread and gravy. She had severe pain, vomiting,would not eat then finally diarea. She was jaundiced in her eyes and gums. No fever. The majority of the cost was for the 2 day hospitalization, xrays and ultrasound, iv fluids,pain meds and antinausea. My poor dog suffered for 4 long weeks. She has finally recovered but I don't think I would ever let my dog suffer with this same problem again. We are feeding her 1/4 cup rice and 1/4 cup boiled chicken and 1 spoon of low fat cottage cheese. My vet was very good but was unable to give us a time line as to how long it takes for a dog to recover as each dog is different so every day was very stressful for all involved.
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Amount: $2,300.00
Posted by: a user in bullhead, AZ.Posted: October 6th, 2010 08:10PM
Breed: terrier/Treatment: hospital
still their and dont know how long,still vomiting
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Amount: $600.00
Posted by: Renee Ippolito in Flushing, NY.Posted: October 5th, 2010 11:10AM
Breed: PomeranianTreatment: Blood test, IV fluids, anti nausea,antib
Vet: North Shore Animal Hospital
My 3 lb. Pom had all the signs of Pancreatitis. Vomiting, hunched back, dehydration, lethargy, weakness. My total cost was $600.00. Her X-Ray was $160.00, Blood tests $210.00, office visit $65.00, and the rest of the costs were for the fluid injections, and misc...She went home the same day with anti nasuea meds.and Clavamox antibiotic 15ml to be taken twice a day. dose of 0.4 in the dropper. The food they also sent us home with is Iams Intestinal low-Residue.
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Suspected Pancreatitis
Amount: $2,000.00
Posted by: Kayla D. in Somerset, KY.Posted: July 18th, 2010 12:07PM
Breed: Great PyreneesTreatment: IV, X-Rays, Fluids, Antibiotics, PainMed
Vet: Dr. Flynn Animal Care Center
My Great Pyrenees Samson is still in the Vet Hospital undergoing treatment. His Temp. was 106 and his white blood cell count was 1800. After 3 days his temp is now 103 and white blood cell count is 3300. Still not looking good still vomiting and direra. My younger Great Pyrenees Mollie Mae was the same but is now fine and home. They suspect Pancreatitis playing a part in it along with a Viral Infection. So right now I am at about 2,000 out and still going. I guess when you dont have kids and cant have kids your animals become your kids. I just keep my hopes up and pray.
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Amount: $550.00
Posted by: Jan H. in St. Louis, MO.Posted: June 10th, 2010 08:06PM
Breed: Lab MixTreatment: X-rays, I.V. fluids pain meds
Vet: Dr. Teepke
Had to make a humane decision and put my dog down today. Was making no improvement, moaning in discomfort,unable to eat and the vet determined that it would be unlikely she could bounce back from this severe of a bout of pancreatitis without severe complications involving other organs. Given the fact that my dog was a 60 lb., 12 year old dog, and this was her second attack in a month and the prognosis was so poor after almost a week of efforts to save her, we put her down peacefully.
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Suspected Pancreatitis
Amount: $650.00
Posted by: lissette in santa cruz, CA.Posted: June 10th, 2010 11:06AM
Breed: poodleTreatment: xray, painkiller,
Vet: S.C Pacific
I am not sure if its necessary to do the fluid flush for my pup, as he gets more stressed by being in the doctor's office, but of course the vets recommend it. Based on internet research it also suggests witholding food for a couple of days, which I am thiniking of doing instead of hospitalization. The majority of the bill was just for the exams, 200 for in house tests, 200 for x rays, 35 for pain killer, 140 for idexx cpl...hopsitalization would probably be thousands.
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Amount: $300.00
Posted by: Jan H. in St, Louis, MO.Posted: June 9th, 2010 04:06AM
Breed: Lab MixTreatment: IV fluids, X-ray, pain meds
Vet: Dr. Teepke
She is a 12 year old dog in good health. This seemed to develop after eating a rawhide chewie. Just started treatment and not sure yet of outcome but am questioning the cost and her pain and suffering given her age and possible complications that can arise.
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Amount: $900.00
Posted by: shery in yucca Valley, CA.Posted: October 4th, 2009 01:10AM
Breed: chihuahuaTreatment: one night, IV, x-ray, meds
Vet: yucca valley hi desert
My dog died, my complaint is the astronomical cost. Where do I go to find out average costs of the procedures done. They also charged $62.00 for "communal cremation" I am a senior citizen on a fixed income. HELP
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