Surgery Costs

Anesthesia and Surgery Cost

Treatment plans include the cost of the surgery, any post-operative recheck exams and anesthesia. Specific anesthetic protocols are patient-specific and determined by the surgical team. An IV catheter is placed for all surgeries and IV fluids are administered. Anesthetic costs are included in the surgery.

Pre-Operative Labwork Cost

Labwork is generally required for safe anesthesia and successful surgical outcome. Same day labwork often is less than $100.

Medication Cost

Intraoperative medications are included in the surgical costs. Postoperative pain medications and discharge medications are not included in the surgery price.

Orthopedic Surgery

TPLO Surgery

$2600 – $2900 (Complete)

We fix the knee by improving the bio-mechanics of the knee so the function is improved. This involves cutting the tibia, changing the articulation angle of the joint, and applying a surgical plate to hold the cut bones while they heal.

Lateral Suture and Tightrope

$1500-$1900

This procedure is for smaller dogs, less active dogs, or geriatric dogs for which the TPLO procedure is not an option. We fix the torn CCL (ACL in people) by supporting the function of the CCL with a nylon replacement ligament placed outside the stifle joint. This procedure is named Lateral Stabilization. Preferably a newer method called the Tight Rope procedure can be employed using Kevlar replacement suture and fastening directly to the bone.

Fracture Repair

$1800 to $3200

Preoperative assessment of radiographs by one of our doctors is required to fully assess and plan the specific surgical fixation required.

Femoral Head Osteotomy

$1500

A proper orthopedic exam and x-rays are required to make the definitive diagnosis and recommendation for an FHO. Pets need an FHO because of congenital birth defects such as hip dysplasia or Legg Calve Perthes disease, hip luxation, or trauma. An FHO involves removing the femur that connects with the hip bone so that the 2 bones do not rub together and cause severe pain. It is a procedure to relieve pain. It does not replace the hip joint and it is removed altogether. The resulting joint will be a “pseudo-joint” and will perform all the functions of the previous hip joint without the pain and arthritis.

Amputation Tail-Toe

$385 – $413

There are several different reasons a pet may need to have a toe/tail amputated. Birth defects, cancer, or trauma to the toe/tail. All sizes of pets can recover well and go on to live a happy life after surgery.

Limb Amputation

$800 – $1100

Your pet having to have a leg amputated can be alarming. Generally, amputation offers immediate pain relief, as post-surgical pain pales in comparison to the pain of leg cancer or trauma to the leg. There are several different reasons a pet may need to have a leg amputated. Birth defects, neurologic disease, or most commonly, cancer or trauma in the leg. All sizes of pets can recover well and go on to live a happy life after having a leg amputated.

Medial Patella Luxation

$1320

When the patella (knee) is luxated out of the joint, it rides against the bone instead of in the joint groove causing pain and eventual arthritis. The most severe cases involve the defect in the alignment of the bones above and below the knee and require bone to be cut, rotated and pinned to straighten the alignment.

Soft Tissue Surgery

Abdominal Surgery

Foreign Body Removal

$1100 and up

Dogs and cats, often put things in their mouths to carry around or just play with. Sometimes, these items end up getting swallowed. And it gets stuck inside your pet and surgery will be needed to get it out. That’s where we come in to get the foreign body out of your pet as safely as possible. All parts of the GI tract from the stomach through to the large intestines will be examined to be sure all foreign material is found and removed.

Exploratory

$900 and up

An exploratory abdominal surgery is performed to determine the cause for and possibly correct abnormalities that are related to the digestive tract, liver, kidney, or reproductive organs.

Hernia Repair

$750 – $1100

A hernia is caused by trapping of tissue between torn muscle and skin causing a pouch. They are most commonly located at the umbilicus (belly button area), inguinal area (groin), perineal (next to the rectum), or in the diaphragm (the muscle between the chest and the abdomen) although they can occur anywhere there is muscle. They can be congenital (born with it) or traumatic (caused by trauma). All hernias are repaired by replacing the tissue back where it belongs and closing the hole in the muscle.

Anal Sac Removal

$605

The anal sacs are associated with the external anal sphincter. Removal of the anal sacs is a frequently performed surgery in dogs. It is most often indicated for definitive treatment of chronic anal sacculitis.

Ocular Surgery

Cherry Eye

$375 per eye

Animals have a third eyelid that contains a gland which produces tears to keep the eye moist. When this gland becomes inflamed, it swells and has the appearance of a cherry sitting in the corner of the eye. To correct a cherry eye, the gland is surgically “tucked” in a pocket made in the third eyelid. This newly tucked gland may be surgically tacked down, as well, to prevent a recurrence.

Entropian / Lid

$275/lid

Entropion is when the eyelids roll in leading the lashes to rub on the eyeball. This can cause minor irritation up to severe corneal ulcerations. A minor nip-tuck of the eyelid will allow the lid to unroll and relieve the irritation to the eye. This is simply the conjunctiva around your pet’s eye. The fee for correction is per lid, not per eye. One to four lids can be affected.

Enucleation

$425

Enucleation is the removal of the eyeball. There are many reasons that the eyeball needs removal. Trauma, glaucoma, and cancer are the 3 most common reasons. When the eye is removed, the lids are closed and sealed. Hair will regrow over the area, normally resulting in a cosmetic outcome. Pets compensate well with only one eye.

Urogenital Surgery

Pyometra

$700 – $900

Pyometra is a life-threatening infection of the uterus. If left untreated, the uterus can rupture and your pet will die. Early spaying is recommended to prevent this life-threatening condition. Pyometra most commonly occurs in an unspayed, older female pet and often within a few weeks of your pet being in heat.

Cystotomy

$770

A cystotomy is the medical term for opening the urinary bladder to remove either stones or a growth. Urinary bladder stones in dogs and cats are commonly caused by chronic low grade urinary tract infections and/or the way your pet metabolizes the mineral contents of its food and water. Bladder stones in dogs or cats are detected most commonly by x-ray, but can also be found with ultrasound.

Perineal Urethrostomy

$1100

A PU is the medical term, in cats, for removing the penis to make a larger opening for your cat to be able to urinate through to help decrease the chance of repeat urinary blockages. In dogs, the penis is not removed but the urine is rerouted to empty through a different and larger opening. This procedure is performed when nutritional and medical management efforts have failed.

Vulvaplasty

$400 – $600

Excessive skin folds around the vagina can lead to chronic skin irritation and urinary tract infections. Removing this excess skin through surgery allows air to circulate and keeps debris from getting trapped between skin folds. This makes for a much happier and more comfortable female pet.

Dental Cleaning and Surgery

Does my pet really need a dental cleaning?

Yes, your pet does, at least once a year. Your dog or cat NEVER brushes their teeth and tartar and plaque build up rather quickly. Just like with human teeth, this build up of tartar and plaque can cause gum disease.

Dental Package - No X-Rays

$400

During the procedure, you can expect the following things:

  • Physical removal of plaque and tartar from visible areas
  • Probing of the pet’s dental sockets to check for signs of periodontal disease
  • Polishing of the tooth surface to remove scratches that could harbor bacteria
  • Inspection of the mouth, tongue, and lips for other problems such as oral papilloma, cancers and more

Dental Package - Dental X-Rays Included

$600

We are pleased to announce that we offer the option of dental radiographs for your pet! Some benefits of dental radiographs are:

  • Allowing us to visualize the parts of your pet’s teeth that are underneath the gum line
  • Allows a better assessment of the overall oral health of your pet
  • Some of the conditions that can be found, but are not limited to: bone loss, tooth resorption, abscesses, retained roots and fractures.

Extraction: Non-Invasive Tooth

$28

Exposed root, chipped or broken tooth.

Extraction: Invasive Tooth

$50

Larger tooth such as the canine or carnassial (molar) where the tooth is deeply rooted in the bone.

Feline Dental - Full Mouth Extraction

$1100

Whether due to gum disease, trauma or some other reason, many cats may need one or more teeth removed during their lifetime.