Not a horse, thank God but a cat, indeed, an "alley cat" whom I got with her 2 siblings as a kitten. At 13 yoa she contracted cryptococcus. Total vet bill over a year (and the drug ketaconazole was experimental so it was FREE) was over 20,000.00. And she lived to be 18 yoa. Thanks to Briarcliff Animal Hospital. And this was in 1982 or 1983. I'd hate to know what it would cost now, as the she was part of the UGA experimental use of ketaconzaole for systemic fungal infections. Her vet wrote his board certification on Dominica's case. (This includes costs from the drug causing hepatitis and the ensuing stomach tube for 6 weeks to compliment her iv line in her front leg for months.)
Cloudy and Callie each were about 2000 a year for various hoof issues. Piece of cake. Cloudy's up to about 1000 this year so far, and fall shots coming next month.
My friend paid 6500 to my vet for colic surgery. Successful. This cost didn't include the aftercare costs when he came home.
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Not a horse but a dog. She got into some Christmas candy that my mom had wrapped and put under the tree. 10 days at the vet and over $2000 in vet bills. That was our Christmas gift that year. Totally worth it though.
I had a pet ferret growing up and my mom dropped around $3,000 on him when I was 16 because he had some sort of ferret cancer... He had chemotherapy and lost almost all his hair (pic included from shortly before he died)... All that for a ferret!
Horse got sick with asyllium poisoning - the symptoms mimic Potomac Horse Fever. Was on fluids, ice, multiple drips of DMSO, 2 dozen sets of xrays, special shoeing, medications, round the clock care. Had rotation and was supposed to be retired, but he is showing again in the adult amateurs and the juniors occasionally. I owned him jointly with another person, but I paid the expenses. I did finally sell him, but for a tiny fraction of what he is still really worth.
Thank God for insurance.
My new mantra - \"Life is too short not to eat ice cream.\"
I make a point never to add it all up- I really don't want to know as long as I can pay the next bill that shows up in the mail
That being said, I have had more than one equine injury where the vet bills at the end of treatment were (at a conservative minimum) over $7,000. Luckily these horses were insured so I was not out the whole amount.
There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man.(Churchill)
For a little icky wound on RF coronet band that I called vet for because it wasn't getting better on my usual regimen that heals everything (until this).
Vet wanted Caesar to have some meds to prevent secondary infection...the meds made him feel pukey and sent us into a week of IV fluids, bloodwork, and ulcer meds. The wound healed before the adverse reaction to meds did.
About $7K for a shoe ripping across the back of his leg (1 nail held and the rest swung along the back of his leg instead of comming free) 2 surgeries, x-ray and ultrasounds. Loved my insurance company for paying no hassles
Irish Draughts and Irish Draught Sport horses
$10k for neuro EHV1, week in intensive care with experimental drugs. Horse lived.
$6000 colic surgery 5 years later, same horse. Lost the horse on the colic table.
$2,500 fighting cellulitis infections in retired horse last winter. Lost the horse.
$2,500 for cat surgery. Ate elastic string and blocked intestines.
$3,000 in lameness stuff, including bonescan at Virginia Equine Imaging, SI injections, etc. Retired horse. Year on back 40, horse was sound. Returned to work. Still a mystery.
Just spent $1k removing tumor from the dog's leg, and $500 having 3 teeth removed from a cat.
And all that is still cheaper than insuring the menagerie over the years.
hasahorse, what is apsyllium poisoning and how can I avoid it? Ouch!
BTW, please don't show my husband this thread. He knows all this stuff in the abstract but some things are, um, better in the abstract.