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How Much Emergencies Can Cost Without Pet Insurance

Our typically curious and energetic four-legged family members tend to act before they think, which can get them into trouble. They can get hurt in all sorts of ways, like running too fast down the stairs, getting into a scrape with another animal, or eating something they shouldn’t ending up in an ER visit. Yikes!

The average cost of an emergency room vet visit can vary a lot not just by the place you take the animal but also by the services required. If it’s something minor, the cost is usually less than a serious emergency. However, sometimes the process of eliminating things and discovering it’s something minor can run into a large vet bill.

Here are some fees you might expect for emergency services for your dog and in the graphic you can see what average emergency situations can range. Larger dogs are usually at the higher end of the charges.

  • Examination or Consultation – $100 to $150

  • X-Rays – $150 to $250

  • Basic bloodwork – $80 to $200

  • Ultrasound – $300 to $600

  • Wound treatment and repair – $800 to $2,500

  • Hospitalization for 1-2 days – $600 to $1,700

  • Hospitalization for 3-5 days – $1,500 to $3,500

  • Emergency surgery for accident – $1,500 to $5,000

Most pet insurance plans cover emergency care. The amount they cover depends on the insurance company and the type of plan you have in place for your pet.

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