I have a 10yr old dog and she was recently diagnosed with pyometra. She was never spayed because I've heard some horrible stories about anestitizing your dog. My vet told me that the best option for her is a surgery. He also said that I needed to go to a bigger hospital for this surgery and that it will cost about $10,000. I've been doing some research and read some people got the surgery done for around $2.000. I love my dog more than anything but I just can't come up with $10.000 right now. Especially when I don't even know if she'll survive through the surgery. Can anybody, who has had a dog go through the pyometra surgery in NYC recetly, tell me approximately how much they had to pay for the procedure? Any answer would be nice... I feel so powerless at the fact that money is getting in the way for my dog's health but this is reality. I would appreciate if anybody can tell me their experience with pyometra and the outcomes after the surgery. Thank you.
Wow I've never heard horror stories about anesthesizing your dog, but I've heard plenty about pyometra. The big thing here is if your dog does not have the surgery, she will die. To put it graphically, it'll be like her rotting from the inside out.
That said, I'm not sure what area of the country you live in, but $10,000 for the surgery sounds crazy expensive to me. I"ve heard of full hip replacements on dogs being done for less than that.
Your best bet is to call around to any and all local veterinarians, and ask them how much they charge for the surgery. If you live in a rural area, I'd find the largest metropolitan area closest to you. You can treat her to an extent with antibiotics, but the more time that passes, the greater the chance of complications up to and including death.
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That is nuts, I can imagine surgery for $10,000. My bitch has overian cysts, and required emergency surgery is it only cost me $600. I would definatly look into someone outside the city. it would probably save you lots of money, but i wouldn't put it off to long. I would get on the phone/internet tomarrow and the make the apt by then end of the week. The infection can spread fast. Good luck. By the way, I have never had heard of anyone with a large dog have problems putting them under. Most of the time it is small/teacup size dogs. I guess you live and learn.
I had a friend with a 2 year old Boxer that developed this a few months ago. She opted to treat the pyometria with out spaying. A long course of strong antibiotics were SUCCESSFULLY USED. My friend chose this route because she personally knew someone else who successfully treated the Pyometria with out spaying.
Of course the easier option would have been to spay, and I am not sure if a 10 year old dog would survive on antibiotics alone, it is different with a young healthy dog.
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There are two types of pyometria, closed and open, my understanding is that the open type can often be treated with antibiotics successfully while the closed type must be treated with surgery. There are some breeds of large dogs that are very sensitive to anethesia, Bullmastiffs being one of the breeds. Having a vet that is aware of this issue and knows how to lessen the risk is vital to the dog's survival. Too many Bullmastiffs have gone in for a teeth cleening and never woken up.
Are you sure that you heard your vet correctly? It does not cost $10,000 for this surgery anywhere. Horror stories about anesthesia is a poor excuse for not spaying. There are plenty more horror stories about the outcome of NOT spaying, as you are now finding out. You're worried about her not surviving the surgery, well she also may not survive the infection.