Search thousands of topics on CostHelper.com

BROWSE ALL TOPICS >> appliances babies & children  cars  consumer electronics health & personal care home & garden personal finance  pets  schools small business weddings
CostHelper > Pets & Pet Care  > Pet Kidney Failure Treatment

Pet Kidney Failure Treatment Cost


How Much Does Pet Kidney Failure Treatment Cost?

 
low costSpecial Pet Food: $18-60 average costHydration Therapy: $30-$300+ per monthhigh costKidney Transplant: $4,500-$8,000
post E-mail post Post  

Dogs' and cats' kidneys often fail in old age. Also known as chronic renal failure, kidney failure is progressive and incurable. However, many treatment options are available to provide longer, more comfortable lives for these pets. Common treatments for kidney failure are diet changes and hydration therapy. Rarer and more expensive treatments include dialysis and transplants.

Typical costs:

  • Special pet foods with fewer hard-to-digest ingredients (like protein) typically cost $20-$60 or more for a month's supply. For example, Iams Veterinary Multi-Stage Renal Feline dry cat food[1] costs $23 for at least a month's supply. Wet food costs $18 for 12 6-ounce cans, a two-week supply.
  • A 15-pound bag of Iams Veterinary Formula Early Stage dry dog food[2] costs $40 and would last about a month to two months depending on the dog's size. Wet food costs $30 for 12 6-ounce cans, a two-week supply.
  • Hydration therapy, which involves injecting fluids under the pet's skin, costs around $30 a month for do-it-yourself supplies for treatments a few times each week. Set-up costs include a box of 100 needles for $6-$30 and IV administration sets for $2-$5+ each. The fluid, called Lactated Ringer's Solution, costs about $3-$15+ per bag, depending on whether its purchased singly or in bulk, and from a veterinarian or a direct supplier.It costs $4.50 for a one-liter bag at thrivingpets.com, and a case of 12 one-liter bags costs $30. A prescription is required for most purchases.
  • Having the vet's office inject subcutaneous fluids (instead of doing it at home) can cost $15-$25 or more per treatment, depending on local rates, making it $180-$300+ a month for two to three treatments per week.
  • Dialysis costs from $2,500 to $3,000 for the first week. Then each treatment costs $500, with an average of three treatments per week.
  • Kidney transplants may be available for pets with severe kidney failure, at a cost ranging from $4,500 to $8,000.
Related articles: Pet Insurance, Owning a Cat, Owning a Dog

What should be included:
  • When the kidneys don't function correctly, waste accumulates in the pet's body. Symptoms[3] of kidney failure include excessive urination, increased thirst, loss of appetite, nausea, weight loss and a dull coat.
  • Hydration treatments help to flush waste from the pet's system. A drip bag is set up, hanging above the pet. A needle is attached to the bag and fluids are injected just under the pet's skin, usually into its back. The process takes several minutes. The injected fluid will eventually be absorbed into the body. This can be done at home by the owner after one or more training sessions at the veterinarian's office. The vet will decide how often treatments need to be done, and how much fuild needs to be injected. Detailed instructions on this process are available for both cats[4] and dogs[5] .
  • In dialysis, the pet is hooked up to a machine that draws blood, cleans it and then transfuses the clean blood back into the pet.
  • Kidney transplant surgery's total cost includes tests, donor adoption, both pets' surgeries and extended hospital care.
  • Since there is no cure for kidney disease, all of these treatments should be considered short-term solutions that either slow the progress of kidney failure or make life more comfortable for the pet.
Additional costs:
  • Many pets don't like the taste of low-protein foods. Appetite stimulants like Diazepam[6] can help.
  • If administering fluids at home, consider having a veterinary technician coach the first one or two sessions. This costs about $30 per visit.
  • Those who opt for a kidney transplant operation are required to adopt the donor pet. Ongoing costs for a cat or dog range from $200 to $700 per year, depending on the pet's size and medical needs.
  • Medication following a pet's kidney transplant is pricey at first, but goes down after the first six months or year. An injection of Epogen will likely be required daily for the first week or so following the procedure; it costs $75. Cyclosporine must be given daily for the rest of the pet's life and costs about $300 for a three-month supply.
Shopping for pet kidney failure treatment:
  • VeterinaryPartner.com provides answers to basic questions about Kidney transplants[7] are the start of a different, more high-maintenance life for a pet. Recovery takes a long time, and the pet may be on medication for the rest of its life.
  • There are few dialysis centers[8] for animals in the United States.
post E-mail post Post  
CostHelper News


Forgotten Expenses In a Home Addition Budget
Items like construction costs, permit fees or debris removal aren't the only expenses to consider when calculating the total costs of a home remodeling project. || Posted August 5 2013


7 Ways to Stretch Your Reduced Food Budget
End of the year budgets are tight for everyone, especially in this economy.It's especially hard for the millions of Americans who depend on government programs like food stamps to help make ends meet. || Posted November 11 2013

‣ All CostHelper Blog Posts


What People Are Paying - Recent Comments


 

Comment On Your Experience With Pet Kidney Failure Treatment
 
Subject:  *
Amount Spent:  *
Type of Therapy: Provider: 
Comments: 
Purchased:  Year: 
City:  * State:  *
 
Information about you:
Email:  * Email addresses are not displayed.
Name:  This is the name we'll display with your post.
me on this computer
*=required field.
 



External Resources:
  1.  www.iams.com/index
  2.  www.iams.com/dog-food/buy-now
  3.  www.felinecrf.com/what0.htm
  4.  www.fabcats.org/owners/kidney/subcutaneous/info.html
  5.  www.vetmed.wsu.edu/cliented/dog_fluids.aspx
  6.  www.drsfostersmith.com/Rx_Info_Sheets/rx_diazepam.pdf
  7.  www.veterinarypartner.com/Content.plx?P=A&S=0&C=0&A=1349
  8.  www.marvistavet.com/html/body_dialysis.html
More Pets & Pet Care Topics
Check Out All Costs for Pets & Pet Care How Much Does a Chinchilla Cost? How Much Does a Horse Cost? How Much Does Cat Food Cost?

Search Thousands of Topics on CostHelper.com




Today's Featured Cost Articles

About CostHelper
CostHelper is based in Silicon Valley and provides consumers with unbiased price information about thousands of goods and services. Our writers are experienced journalists who adhere to our strict editorial ethics policy.

CostHelper Community
simple re-keying turned into outrageous replacements
Paid: 1100.00
I wanted locks rekeyed for a purchased home. I found a locksmith who runs his own business and is a one man team. $40 fee, $25 each lock for labor, and parts. Fair enough. I told him I wanted 3 locks rekeyed and one broken lock replaced... [more]
-expensive lesson
Door Lock Cost
Braces 12 yr old son
Paid: 5100.00
Insurance will pay 2000. Try not to deal with a office accepting Horizon NJ Health /Medicaid. Your child may end up waiting over 30 minutes over the scheduled appointment because Medicaid pts. need to be seen first... [more]
-LavenderBlue
Braces Cost
Child 2 surface Cavity Fill
Paid: 170.00
My dentist charges $170 for a 2-surface filling on an elementary aged child. Total bill for 9 cavities and 6 sealants is $1900... [more]
-
Cavity Filling Cost
Shingles Vaccine
Paid: 162.50
Presented at Dr. Office with mild shingles diagnosis. Was given vaccine to treat possible post shingles neuralgia. Poster in exam room showed CDC FDA protocol guidelines changed from age 60 to age 50... [more]
-Flyngator
Shingles Vaccine Cost
Air duct and furnace cleaning
Paid: 320.00
Found a deal on groupon for $59, for duct cleaning. Two guys came out a week later. They cleaned all the vents then stuck a vacuum in the main vent, they said, and let the machine go to work... [more]
-Torro
Duct Cleaning Cost
timing chain replacement
Paid: 2000.00
2001 F150 timing chain, I'm getting quoted a grand more everyone on this site, why is that?... [more]
-Chris Clingshoff
Replacing a Timing Chain Cost