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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 diet.VeterinaryPartner.com[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. VeterinaryPartner.com[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.
Discounts:
  • 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. VeterinaryPartner.com 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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Inflammed Pancreas
Amount: $350.00
Posted by: Megan Fenner in Bakersfield, CA.Posted: December 17th, 2017 12:12PM
Vet: Olive Drive Animal Hospital
Our dog Cowboy slowly started eating less and less. At first i didn’t think anything of it, but then he just didn't want anything. The doctor had given him a steroid shot and some antibiotics the first visit, By that time he hadn’t eaten in 2 days. The second visit i was worried that he still hadn’t eaten anything, that was day 6 with no food. He gave him a shot for pain and took him off the antibiotics, but that very day he had gotten
some weird side affects so we took him back and was given another steroid shot. He seemed fine after that, he was still drinking water just not eating. Now he has been throwing up right after drinking his water every other time he goes to get a drink. He’s still hydrated, i’m just worried he might be nauseous. I’m hoping that we can get to the bottom of this and finally be done and over with it. Its day 8 no food, and still no interest in it. Husband is taking him to the vet in the morning, hoping we can put this thing in the past soon.
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Pancreatitis
Amount: $8,600.00
Posted by: a user in Columbia, SC.Posted: October 31st, 2017 02:10PM
Breed: Mixed Min Spitz TerrierTreatment: IV, Ultrasound, Meds, Finally Surgery
Vet: VCA
Almost $9000 and counting. My dog suddenly started acting not herself and not wanting to eat. Her stomach seemed slightly swollen. We took her in to the emergency animal hospital as our regular vet was closed at that hour. Was told it was pancreatitis possibly brought on by a dog bone. We were quoted $2000 to keep her for 2 days with IV fluids, pain meds, stomach meds and to do ultrasound. She got progressively worse while at the hospital over the next few days. We were told by the on call doctor after 4 days that her stomach was looking better and they were going to offer her food but once the treating doctor was back at day 6 we were then told she would need surgery as a mass had formed. At this point the bill was already $4600 and then another $4000 minimum for the surgery. Surgery was done today,so far so good. I wish they had seen the mass sooner to know surgery was needed earlier to get her better faster and much less $ but still hopeful all will be well.
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Pancreatitis Min Pin
Amount: $600.00
Posted by: Casey Haigler in Magnolia, KY.Posted: January 27th, 2017 05:01PM
Vet: Plantation Vet
My Daughter's dog Bella (min pin) was feeling sick. She has acted like this before so we thought maybe it was a virus and she would be ok. On the 3rd day we took her to the vet. They did an x-ray and said something was stuck in her intestine and she needed emergency surgery to get it out. When they got her into surgery her pancreas was dead and she had damage to her intestines. The vet had never seen anything like it before. She didn't make it out of surgery, there was nothing they could do for her after finding a dead pancreas and damaged tissue. They kept saying it was caused by some type of trauma but there was no trauma at all so what else could have caused it? They said they didn't know what could have caused it. I came home and did all this research to find out myself it was pancreatitis! She had gained alot of weight after being fixed so I'm sure this contributed to what happened plus table scraps. Completely heartbroken
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9 year old Pitbull
Amount: $7,000.00
Posted by: Wrenchie in Annapolis, MD.Posted: December 11th, 2016 12:12PM
Vet: Greater Annapolis and AAVEC
On second bout in 3 months. Gets better, then worse. Having him put down tomorrow.
Anyone freaking at the the cost and it's under 1k, you are fortunate and need to be thankful - not bitter. Especially, if your dog makes it out alive.
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Pancreatitus in My Daschound Cody 8 years old
Amount: $3,500.00
Posted by: Cody Cole) Dog of Shane and Linda Cole in DesMoines, IA.Posted: December 7th, 2016 05:12AM
Breed: daschoundTreatment: All kinds of treatment
Vet: Avian Clinic Ankeny Iowa
My dog Cody came down with pancreatitus about 3 weeks ago. I took him to vet and she said he needed to get to vet hospital right away or he would die. He was in terrible pain and was put on iv fluid and pain medication, xrays and an ultrasound and Fentynal pain patches.
He is really no better today. He did wake up hungry but still , in pain, shivers from the pain and wants to stay in his crate. I have spent over3000.00 on him so far to try and save him but the doctor said she has never seen a dog so sick.
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Pancreatitis
Amount: $2,500.00
Posted by: rcjbridges in Silverdale, WA.Posted: November 23rd, 2016 12:11AM
Still in ER final total could be more. This cost was for XRay..Ultrasound.. 48 hour Hospitalization with IV fluids. Her stomach .. liver..gallbladder are all enlarged. She was not eating .. vomiting.. pure blood stools..
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pancreatitis
Amount: $5,200.00
Posted by: beryl in Springfield, VA.Posted: November 18th, 2016 05:11PM
Breed: SpitzTreatment: 48 hours of antibiotics, fluids
Vet: Emergency hospital
Costs are more than a triple by-pass for myself. And all the tests. They put him on insulin and we can't get him to take food so I guess were going to loose him unless we sell our home but he won't last that long without food.
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Pancreatitis in Border Collie
Amount: $1,742.00
Posted by: She was sent by an Angel in Bakersfield, CA.Posted: October 24th, 2016 11:10AM
Breed: Border CollieTreatment: IV Fluids, Antibiotics, Pain Meds
Vet: Stiern Vet Hospital
Our rescued Border Collie was fine on her daily walk Thursday evening. Friday when I got home from work she didn't greet me as usual. When I showed her her leash, which means time to go outside or for a walk, she didn't respond. I helped her up and she staggered back down. We immediately ran her to the vet hospital and she was diagnosed with Pancreatitis. They quoted $2,100 to keep her over the weekend and run further tests. Instead they gave her a fluid bubble under her skin by her shoulder blades and sent her info to our regular vet for next morning evaluation. We took her in early on Saturday and her temp was over 105. They kept her and my wife said go ahead and have them give whatever treatment they feel necessary. Vet checked in Sun. eve and said her temperature was down to 104+ but she was very sick and they would update us Monday morning. We got a call around 8AM and they told us she had passed away as they were treating her. Rushed down to say our goodbyes. We are devastated
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Pancreatitis
Amount: $430.00
Posted by: a user in Baton Rouge, LA.Posted: July 28th, 2016 07:07PM
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Dog Pancreatitiis Treatment
Amount: $3,000.00
Posted by: Florida Snorkie Mom in Palm Beach Gardens, FL.Posted: May 9th, 2016 04:05PM
Breed: Yorkie/Min. Schnauzer MixTreatment: Hospitalization, Fluid Infusion, Tests
Vet: Pam Hendrickson & Emergency Care
Our dog vomited, became lethargic and wouldn't eat on a Sunday. He's a 8 yr. old Snorkie. When he didn't improve after a few hours we took him to vet emergency care where they diagnosed pancreatitis. It was $1,700 for a one night stay, infusion,tests. He went to our vets during the day for two days for infusion treatment, no food or water. He came home to us the third day and was prescribed lean white meat chicken, rice, sweet potatoes. He ate one meal then refused food again. He was given an ultrasound at the vet ($550) after his blood tests a week into his illness were poor. The ultrasound indicated severe organ damage. The vet said only two to three weeks in a cage with infusion, no food or water, to let the pancreas rest would possibly give him a chance, but the prognosis was guarded. We brought him home that night. He chewed his side and was in pain. He would not eat. We decided to have him euthanized. Very painful decision. Wish we'd known his breed genetics, risk.
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Acute Pancreatitis
Amount: $3,500.00
Posted by: Jen R in Fayetteville, NC.Posted: April 25th, 2016 06:04PM
Vet: Dogwood Animal Hospital, Fayetteville,NC
12yo male Pug got into the trash, got scolded. Starting the next day, he wouldn't eat, but was drinking water, no apparent N/V/D, so I figured he was pouting (he usually does when scolded or upset.) After 3 days of no food, he was also getting less active, walking very slow, just not himself, but no apparent signs of pain. My friend is an RVT, looked at him and said if not better over the weekend, bring him in. Monday came, not better, took him in: labs, US, and exam showed severe pancreatitis. He's been at the vet for a week now, IV fluids, meds, labs, antibiotics, everything they can think of. He's a bit more active, but they can't get him to eat regularly, labs are still abnormal, not stable enough to go home. Second US tomorrow, will try to make a plan based on that. Thankfully we have pet insurance, and Care Credit to cover the cost until insurance reimbursement.
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Pancreatitis
Amount: $360.00
Posted by: MISTY PHILLIPS in SPRING HILL, TN.Posted: April 17th, 2015 06:04AM
Breed: Shiba InuTreatment: 3 overnight stay at vet
Vet: Maury Co. Veterinarian in Columbia, TN
My baby wouldn't eat or drink for 2 days. Took her to vet office on 3rd day,they said if I had waited any longer she would have died. So thankful they knew what they were doing. 3 days of nothing but I fluids and pain med school and antibiotics. Then slowly started on a bland diet for Sensitive Stomachs. I feed her Hills Science Diet for Sensitive Stomach the salmon or lamb is best per my vet. They showed me a sample of healthy dogs blood and her blood side by side. Healthy blood was red with clear liquid on top. Honey's was milky pink. Hers was "swimming" in fat! I was so ashamed and scared because I was killing my baby by giving her "out of love" table scraps. Good news is she is doing great, haven't had so far any signs of recurrence. I do have to watch her closely about trying to sneak in the garbage for a food scrap. God knows I LOVE this dog!! BTW... she was a rescue ♡
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gastroenteritis&pancreatitis
Amount: $1,050.00
Posted by: Carey Lynn swidorsky in prospect, PA.Posted: April 14th, 2015 07:04PM
Vet: Dr Berry, Dr vanscera&dr wislon
My 9 1/2 YR old tea cup poodle ate a cooked ham bone from easter she actually took it from my jack russell and within 4 hrs she began to vomit and shaking uncontrollable rushed her to vet the first night they believed she had upset belly Gabe her antibiotics and meds for vomiting she was still acting weird so next morning she went no#2 looked slimy and white she again was acting weird and shaking I took her back to vets they did x-rays and blood work the results came back she had pancreatitis and gastrontitis they admitted her she stayed from Friday till Sunday evening she refused to eat for the Dr's and techs she was sent home with pain meds and 2 antibiotics and a very blamed diet prescription food it's been 4 days and she's starting to come around. The weird thing is she's still afraid to eat I think she associates eating with getting sick but she's definitely coming around. Word of advice please please whatever you do don't ever feed your precious pets any type of bones! God bless
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Pancreatitis
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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Pancreatitis
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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Pug pancreatis
Amount: $3,000.00
Posted by: Pug life in Charlotte, NC.Posted: June 28th, 2014 05:06PM
Breed: PugTreatment: 5day hospitlization
Pug got into trash. No idea what all he ate, we know chicken bones were on the menu. Spent four nights in hospital, came home for one night then we had to take him back bc he was vomiting and not eating again. Several X-rays, ultrasounds, bloodwork and catheters. We are at 3000 and the battle is not over yet. The worst is not knowing if and when he will fully recover. I don't want to stop treatment that could save him as he is only 8. But I'm not sure how far we can financially take this. We have two kids so spending this much on the dog makes me feel guilty, but I'm also feeling guilty my lack of supervision let the dog get into trash. Just a crappy situation to be in. Hoping it ends well.
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Pancreatitis
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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Pancreatitus
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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Pancreatitis
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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