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Annual Vet Costs  

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  1. 1. How much are your vet bills for each hound each year?

    • Less than $500
      35
    • $500-1000
      34
    • $1000-1500
      14
    • $2000-2500
      3
    • $2500-3000
      4
    • $3000-3500
      2
    • $4000-4500
      1
    • $4500-5000
      0
    • $5000+
      2
    • Don't know
      5
    • Less than $100
      3


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Guest Energy11

My pet insurance alone is $235/monthly, with a 90% reimbursement and zero deductible. It doesn't cover office visits, vaccinations, or routine testing. Covers everything else (Trypanion). This is for FIVE dogs.

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For most of them, less than $100. Rabies is every three years and is $21 with the three year license and the shot at animal services. I don't do other shots annually, and when I give them, I do it myself. I use Ivermectin for HW, and a bottle that cost $40 lasts for three years with six plus dogs. Comfortis is the big one, probably about $50 every two months but that's for ALL the dogs combined. The only dogs that cost me more than that are rescues that come to me in bad condition, for the most part.

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Two weeks ago it was 1400+ for Red.

A week ago 750 for Lottie.

but on average it used to be less than $500.

 

Sprite, well, I don't even want to try to remember how much we spent for her over her lifetime, just to say she was a very expensive free dog.

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I didn't do the poll because 2 of the three hounds only cost me for yearly shots, heartworm and flea control. The other one costs us a lot of money. He has episcleritis which means he needs drops twice a day. He also has allergies which act up in the fall and spring. He needs meds then too. But the truth is, I really don't care how much it is if I can afford it. I do need to find the money for some dentals but my vet is very expensive. I'll save up for it though. They are perfect pets!

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I would NEVER EVER try and figure it out. As a once mentioned in another thread, Dh refers to Beau as his lamBEAUgini.

 

I would imagine in all total, probably something in the range of about 7-10K.

 

This does not include monthly meds, heartworm, etc.

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In a good year, we spend $1000-$1500 all together for our 3 hounds. But it depends on the year and the hound. Amazingly, our old guy, Tally, at 14, has very little medical costs except for his 4 medications. Our youngest, Star, at 20 months, has GI issues and we've spent $1600 on him alone this year.

 

I'll be curious to see the results of the poll and see how we compare!

 

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Guest Swifthounds

For just medical services performed by a vet, or health costs?

 

Except in rare instances of injury (Comet had 1 e-vet visit and one specialist visit in an 8 month period - same practice - each around $450 and both involved procedures), actual costs paid to a vet are slim around here. How much you can do yourself or at home factors in as well when it come to simpler things you can do yourself.

 

Most of my hound budget is spent on food and supplements. I have noticed that as those expenses have gone up, the medical expenses have lessened.

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It's really hard to say, esp since I don't really keep track and certainly not by hound. An average hound that has no illness, $100/year for a basic exam and blood work. A hound that has minor vet issues, say they need a dental and maybe an xray for some sort of limp or injury and it's probably $500-$600/year. A major illness can quickly become several thousand dollars.

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Have four dogs,,,, some years more than others,,,, but I live a very rural part of Pa. so cost are lower than in cities,, or in some states.. counting flea&tick,, heartworm,,,, Dasaquin (for 3) around $400.00 All 4 have had some type of anestisa this year and total was $705.00 for all 4 including office visits,,, labs,, and post-op meds. It's now September so I'm hoping I'm vet free for the rest of the year :lol

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Including meds and cosequine, without an emergency/illness/mom freaking out about $1000ish, with an emergency etc., anywhere from a little over that to $1750ish.

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I only have one greyhound, so it's fairly easy to figure out for me :) I think we normally go in the $500-1000 range. His annual visit alone costs around $200 or more. I love my vet beyond words, but her clinic is spendy. Minor vet visits pop up and add a little on but I think we come out close to $500 a year, or a little more. This year so far, we're around $600. Then there was the Year of Trying to Diagnose the Lameness that ran me $3k. Next year he'll need a dental and a possible toe amputation, so that'll be expensive.


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Our young girl who is 7 is very healthy so her vet bills are around 100 to 150 per year, our senior girl(11) who has only been with us 2 years has cost over 3000.00 since we got her, but she is doing very well now, so I expect her vet bills not to be any more than the younger one.

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Research on a board this active will probably give you slightly skewed numbers, skewed higher than average. Just like people who get scared by the "many" health problems in greyhounds when they visit the health and medical section on this board...

 

I have two greys and they are littermates with very similar racing stories. One was a winner and raced until the track closed and the other retired at three because he wasn't that competitive.

 

The male has had a major medical issue almost every year since his adoption. I think two were accidents and the other three were general medical health. He's cost us easily a couple thousand each year.

 

His litter mate goes to the vet once a year for her check up. Including all her medical expenses (frontline, hwp, insurance) we are talking maybe max at $500.

 

I never really thought much about medical expenses when I went to adopt. I knew we were in a situation where we could afford a dog and would make it work if necessary to give him proper medical care. The thousands spent on my boy are worth every penny and yet we are very appreciative that our girl is so much less expensive :lol

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Research on a board this active will probably give you slightly skewed numbers, skewed higher than average. Just like people who get scared by the "many" health problems in greyhounds when they visit the health and medical section on this board...

 

Many, many of us also have multiples, so our probability of illness or injury ismultiplied as well.

 

I never really thought much about medical expenses when I went to adopt. I knew we were in a situation where we could afford a dog and would make it work if necessary to give him proper medical care. The thousands spent on my boy are worth every penny and yet we are very appreciative that our girl is so much less expensive :lol

 

I like to say they're a steal compared to professional therapy and electric blankets. :lol

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