Ivory is a 7 year old mixed breed dog who was recently adopted from a rescue organization. Her new owner noticed that she had some lumps on her upper abdomen. The vet determined that these lumps were actually enlarged mammary tissue, and she also noted some discharge around the nipples. She speculated that perhaps Ivory had never been spayed, as she wasn’t able to find evidence of a spay scar. The vet’s recommendation was that the enlarged mammary growths be removed, and that Ivory undergo spay surgery (OHE: ovariohysterectomy) during the same procedure.
Mammary nodules; recent infection of mammary gland.
Spay to prevent pyometra.
Removal of left caudal mammary mass; spay.
Ivory’s Itemized Procedures and Costs:
IV Catheter Placement $40
IV Fluids $50
Fluid Pump $25
Spay 50 lbs or less $150
Mass removal, simple $200
Biopsy, 1 section $180
Medical Pet Shirt $28
Carprofen 25mg tablets (qty: 10, analgesic/pain relief) $15
Cefazolin injection, 100mg/ml (antibiotic), $23
Cephalexin caps 250mg (qty: 14, antibiotic) $12.80
TOTAL cost for Ivory: $848.80
Cost for spay only: $468.80
Ivory recovered well from her surgeries. The growth removed from her mammary gland was a benign mixed tumor. It was recommended to the owner that she keep an eye on this area in case the growth redevelops.
Ivory’s story is shared with permission from her owner, and was posted by Suzanne Cannon on behalf of Jarrettsville Veterinary Center.