The Value of Your Vets: Treatment Fees Explained

For many pet owners, the price that comes with our beloved four-legged friends can sometimes be surprising. From kennels and grooming to food and toys, the costs can soon start to add up. But the most expensive bills usually come when things start to go wrong, and your beloved companion requires treatment at the vets. If you don’t have pet insurance, this is when you could end up being seriously out of pocket.

The cost of veterinary treatment varies widely, depending on your animal, practice, and the type of illness or injury that is being dealt with. Also, if your pet needs treatment outside of normal practice opening hours, the cost is likely to be much higher.

Although these prices do vary, here at Asda Money, we’ve looked into some of the average costs of common treatments for cats and dogs. This way, you can be more prepared for what to expect just in case the unexpected happens.

Cat Treatments

Cats often manage to get themselves out of some very sticky situations. However, if they aren’t so lucky and become ill or injure themselves, they may need a trip to the vets. As a general rule, cat treatments usually cost less than dogs, but the prices can still be much higher than you expect.

  • Blood Tests: The vet may carry out a blood test on your cat to confirm a diagnosis for a range of problems, from kidneys issues and feline diabetes, to liver and pancreas problems. Blood tests can cost between £100.00-£200.00.
  • X-rays: These are commonly used if the vet needs to check your cat for any fractures. They can also be used for other issues, such as soft tissue problems, tumours, and even to locate foreign objects if your feline has swallowed something they shouldn’t have. These can cost between £200.00-£300.00.
  • Fractures: If the vet finds a fracture following your cat’s X-ray, the total treatment cost can end up totalling over £1,300 depending on how bad it is.
  • Wounds: If your cat injures themselves and has an open wound that needs treatment, such as cleaning and stitching up, this can cost between £300.00-£350.00.
  • Growth/Tumour: Any type of growth on your cat can be worrying, and the vet will likely remove it, especially if it could be cancerous. This could cost between £600.00-£700.00.
  • Cystitis: Another common condition in cats, cystitis is very painful, and causes problems urinating. Cystitis treatment can cost up to £300.00.
  • Road Traffic Accidents: Cats are more likely to get into road accidents than dogs, as they’re usually out of the house roaming on their own, unless they are an indoor cat. This can be extremely traumatic, and, depending on how bad the accident is, treatment can cost over £1,100.
  • Abscesses: These can be nasty, and are often caused by cats fighting and having been bitten or scratched. Treatment for abscesses can cost over £200.00.

Dog Treatments

However hard you try to keep your dog as healthy and happy as possible, they can still become unwell or injure themselves.  This can be extremely stressful, and chances are you’ll want to get them to the vet as soon as possible to ensure they receive the best treatment.

  • Blood Tests and X-rays: The cost of X-rays and blood tests for dogs are often similar to if they are carried out on a cat. If your dog requires a blood test, this is likely to cost between £100.00-£200.00, and X-rays can cost up to £300.00.
  • MRI Scans: If your dog has a more complex problem that needs diagnosis, such as in the brain or spinal cord, an MRI scan may help determine what the problem is. These will often cost over £1,000.00
  • Tumours: As with any animal, tumours will often need removing, and checking whether they’re malignant or not. This can cost over £800.00.
  • Fractures: Although some fractures in dogs can be fairly simple to mend, more complex ones may require surgery and take a long time to heal. Costs can vary from £800.00, to well into the thousands for more complex fractures.
  • Poisoning: Dogs are renowned for eating absolutely anything they come across, and if they eat something poisonous it can be very dangerous for them. Treatment can cost between £300.00-£400.00. If they eat a foreign body that needs removing, this can cost over £600.00.
  • Arthritis: Arthritis is very common in dogs, especially as they get older and their joints begin to deteriorate. Treatment for arthritis tends to be on-going, but can end up costing over £500.00.
  • Seizures: Fits and seizures in dogs can be caused by many things including epilepsy, liver disease, kidney failure, a brain trauma or toxins in the body. Vet treatment can cost over £700.00.
  • Injured Paw/Claw: Dogs can easily injure their paws and claws, which can then become infected and painful. Treatment can cost around £200.00.

The Importance of Pet Insurance

These costs should give you more of an idea of how much you’ll need to pay when it comes to needing veterinary treatment for your pet. However, these are only general costs, and can vary a lot depending on your location, and of course, how complex the problem is. Always check the prices with your own vet first.

One thing that is for certain though, is that vet’s fees will always come at a price. If the unexpected does happen, you’ll do anything to help your four-legged friend, and the last thing you need to be worrying about is a huge bill.

Luckily, pet insurance can cover you for the times when things do go wrong. Here at Asda Money, we offer great rates on pet insurance, with a range of options and cover levels available. If you own more than one pet, we also offer a multi-pet discount, which is ideal if you own two or more dogs or cats. To make things even less stressful for you, we can also pay your vet directly.

Cover levels range from Accident Only to Superior, depending on the needs of you and your pet. If you’re unsure about which level of cover you require, our online comparison table shows the exact difference between each option. Our 24-hour vet helpline is included as standard. If you have any other questions about Asda Money Pet Insurance, call us on 0800 181 4904 and we’ll be happy to help.

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