Bebo was seen about a year before his surgery for bloody urine.
His first visit at our clinic included an exam, blood work, antibiotics, radiographs, and a prescription food for urinary calculi. This initial exam and treatment plan cost was $297.45
Over the next few months the blood in the urine dissipated. In some cases urinary stones can be dissolved over time. Based on the initial urinalysis Bebo’s vet was skeptical this would be Bebo’s case. We encourage water intake and a urinary prescription diet in all of these cases. While some stones are not dissolvable we want to try to prohibit further stone formation. Also, these pets benefit greatly from the fluid help.
Most dogs with urinary stones show little to no signs of pain, but,, we know this is painful because many pets will strain, urinate more frequently, or even have accidents in the house. Every pet with any kind of urinary changes should be examined (often with a urine sample sent to the lab AND an xray (although not all stones will show up well on an xray!).
Diagnosis is usually made by your veterinarian assessing your pet (I have even felt a bladder of stones in an otherwise completely normal dog!), taking blood work, checking a urine and taking an x-ray or using an ultrasound.
All pets with suspected or diagnosed urinary issues should be placed on a short term treamtent plan for pain and infection and/or inflammation, and a long term diet and monitoring plan. Any pet with a urinary episode should always be considered a urinary sensitive pet. I check urine samples on these pets about every 3-6 months for the rest of their lives. In some cases we also take yearly x-rays.
On December Dec 30, 2019 Bebo had his cystotomy surgery to remove his persistant urinary stone.
The cost of his surgery included the following;
Surgical Package $250 which includes i.v. fluids, catheter, fluids pump, basic anesthesia, surgical instrument pack
CYSTOTOMY CANINE MALE $350.00
injectable antibiotic $26.00
injectable NSAID day of surgery $25.98
Additional Suture Packs $120.00
Additional anesthesia time $45
Medications to go home; antibiotics and analgesics $52
E-collar to protect incision site $15
Cystotomy total for Bebo $878
Bebos family asked that we also clean his teeth, he had no extractions and mild dental disease. Scale and Polish, Stage 1 12/30/2019 1 $75.00 $0.00 $75.00
This story was posted with Bebo’s families permission. I was the veterinarian who performed the cystotomy.