Riesling is an older lab with elevated kidney enzymes. She presented months earlier with a suspected benign mammary mass. The mass was slow growing, not bothersome, and her pet parents were worried about her ability to tolerate anesthesia, so they watched, hoped and waited.
Suddenly the mass began to grow rapidly. It burst late one weekend evening. It was bandaged but because the mass was not normal healthy tissue the bleeding and ulcerative lesion would not/could not be stopped.
The management of the lesion had only two options; euthanasia or surgical removal. Her parents rechecked her blood work. Her kidney disease had worsened. But, there were only two options.
Her family elected to try surgical excision.
Riesling had mass removal surgery with me at my clinic, Jarrettsville Veterinary Center. She did very well through surgery, recovered beautifully, and has continued to do well. She has been changed to a kidney friendly diet, supplements, and daily fluid therapy.
here is a break down of her surgical costs;
day before; large amount of SQ fluids to help keep her stay duiresed overnight
Medical pet shirt and ecollar to protect her mass $45
day of surgery;
surgical package $250, surgical pack, iv fluids, iv catheter
additional anesthesia $45
propoflo induction $60
mass removal $150
laser for mass removal $125
additional suture pack $90
additional medical pet shirt for washings $28
this story was published with her families permission