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    i'm preparing myself for buddy to go through another back/spinal issue. i told dh that next time it happens (it'll be the 3rd time) i want to go ahead and have a myelogram done by a specialist. ya know, the thing where they inject a dye into the spinal cord to see the damage, if he needs surgery, or what have you. and i'm wondering if you might have an idea of how much something like that might cost.

    i do know in order to have it done i'll need to go to the neurologist. think i would be looking at like, $500, $1000, more?

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    How old is your dog? You might be able to get pet insurance, which would cut back on the costs drastically. good luck!!!
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    phew. boxermom can probably give you a better idea. i'm sure where you are located & how far you'd have to go to find a specialist would be part of it. are you anywhere near a vet school??? that might be the cheapest option (& they provide excellent care!). personally, i'd plan waaaaaaaaaaay high, especially if you decide to do the surgery.

    since he's had issues in the past, i'm not sure you'd be able to secure insurance coverage for him for the same issue.
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    our regular vet has said that (at least this last time) surgery is very unlikely. but i suppose who knows if it happens again. the specialist is on the peninsula. i don't know how far away that is, but he just keeps saying "so and so on the peninsula" lol
    no vet schools around here, and i bet, like rc said, since he's had issues, i might not be able to get insurance.

    btw, he's just a couple months shy of 8 years old.

    ETA: oh yeah, no vet school near by either. boo

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    Dang, I wish I would have seen this at work today I could have done a mock estimate up for you to give you a round about. But you are looking at well over $1000 bucks easy sorry to say. Specialist have a huge overhead so you pay even twice sometimes three times the normal vet visit amount.

    Call them though, they can give you a rough estimate on the costs.

    Even if you get insurance it won't be covered because it's pre-existing.
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    In thinking...cost is going to be way more than $1000...you have to pay for:

    Exam fee
    Dye
    radiologist
    interpretation
    anesthesia
    pre-anesthesia
    vital signs monitoring
    ward occupancy
    the act of the myelogram

    And I am sure I am missing something...

    The interpretation alone runs well into the $300 range when we send out xrays, ultrasounds etc.
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    yeah, i figured it was gonna be pretty pricey. but when/if it happens again...with it being the 3rd time and him being still pretty young (only 8 years with an at least 14-15 year life span) i have a really hard time not wanting to have it done and do all i can for him. if he were older and like, on the way out, i might not be thinking like this. but he's such a happy go lucky guy. he's still got so much energy, and only halfway through his life, ya know? how could i not do this for him?

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    Backs arent my specialty, if it were eyes I could help since that was my field!
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    Quote Originally Posted by cricketswife View Post
    yeah, i figured it was gonna be pretty pricey. but when/if it happens again...with it being the 3rd time and him being still pretty young (only 8 years with an at least 14-15 year life span) i have a really hard time not wanting to have it done and do all i can for him. if he were older and like, on the way out, i might not be thinking like this. but he's such a happy go lucky guy. he's still got so much energy, and only halfway through his life, ya know? how could i not do this for him?
    I think it's absolutely wonderful that you are doing this for him. There are so many pets out there that would be just turned over to the vet or the shelter because the owners do not want to "deal" with something like that.

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