Top 3 Reasons Why Dogs End Up in the E.R.

The Ballpark Cost The bill for your pup’s emergency care can differ greatly, depending on the severity of the injuries. Dr. Duffy estimates that it can range between$3,500 and a whopping $7,000. Of course, prices can vary significantly across the country.

The Prognosis Hope is not lost in many of these cases — if proper and prompt emergency medical care is performed. Hospitalization is typically required for two to four days.

The Culprit: Eating the Inedible

The wrong food isn’t the only thing that can cause gastrointestinal distress for dogs. Ingesting a “foreign material," like socks, string and even toys, can also wreak serious havoc.

The Treatment In this situation, “surgery is usually necessary for foreign body removal,” Dr. Duffy says. “However, hospitalization and intravenous fluid therapy can occasionally facilitate passage of the foreign material into the colon, but this is less common. Intravenous fluids, pain medication and anti-nausea medications are typically administered.”

The Ballpark Cost For this type of issue, the price at a specialty referral center like Dr. Duffy's could range from $3,500 up to $6,000. Of course, prices can vary significantly across the country.

The Prognosis Fortunately, these incidents usually end well for all involved: Dr. Duffy says that two to four days of hospitalization are usually required, and then “the prognosis is very good.”

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