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Author Topic: Medical Costs for Treating Affected Pets  (Read 4706 times)
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Marilyn
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« on: April 28, 2007, 05:52:50 PM »

We want to build a record of the costs associated with treating the pets that have been affected by eating contaminated food.  This topic will include all vet bills, in-house testing, tests sent out to diagnostic labs, treatments, prescription diets (prescribed by your vet) and anything else that is medical.

Sadly, it will also include costs for euthanasia and cremations for those pets that are now running at the Rainbow Bridge.

Please do not post here the costs of switching from food to food (unless it is for a prescription food from your vet.

I'm asking for someone else to take on the other food-related costs as a separate topic.

Once we have some good data we will use it to help our cause.  More on that as it develops...

Please start posting.  AND PLEASE ... stick to the topic.  Thank you.
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Marilyn
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« Reply #1 on: April 28, 2007, 06:56:23 PM »

When you post your medical costs, please:

  -  Don't post any personal, identifying information on the public board.  If you would like to send me a personal message, use the personal message icon on the left -- NOT THE ENVELOPE ICON -- that sends an email and since I am not using my own computer, your email will go to the wrong person.  Use the personal message icon.  That will allow us to communicate privately on this forum.

  -  Your medical costs are welcome here even if your pet was affected before the recalls.  Many of us share that experience. No one knew then what was happening, but they STILL count.

  -  Save copies of bills or ongoing bills and put in an big envelope to keep.  It is important to document.

We really don't know what the end result of this fiasco will be folks, so keep good records.  You may need them later.  Reconstruct as much as you can.  If you didn't save your records, go back to your vet and ask for a copy of your records, including all the charges.  It's their job to keep good records.
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GoingNUTZoverthis
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« Reply #2 on: April 28, 2007, 07:07:49 PM »

Geisha has been to the vet 4 times since March 23rd, Topaz once

March 23rd ER visit was not treat for poison cause it was not on lisit fluids and pecid  201.08
March 26th endoscopy and biopsy to seek problem no one thought it was food 769.50
Apr 16th follow up BCB for Geisha 149.65
Apr16th full blood work up on Topaz as precaution from exposure 177.45
Apr 27th ER visit relapse or new exposure trip same poison signs 323.50

Who knows what is to come.  pain and suffering priceless


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Carol
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« Reply #3 on: April 29, 2007, 05:52:30 AM »

Medical bills to date for 2 cats with acute renal failure (starting February 17 thru 4/29)

"jessica"-462.64
"smudge"-1683.55
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MDCatOwner
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« Reply #4 on: April 29, 2007, 05:56:32 AM »

I'm labeling this at 1, Cat 2 and Cat 3 to keep it anonymous.  I''m going to itemize this but then total it as I'm not entirely sure what information you need.

Cat 1 (16 yo) - My sickest animal, completely lethargic

3/21 -
Exam - 47.50
Urinalysis - 42.00
Pre-Op Panel - 52.75
Creatinine - 20.00
Cystocentesis - 11.50
Catheter Cap - 3.80
Tranqualizer - 32.00
Hospitalization - 117.50
Vitamin B Complex injection - 19.63
TOTAL (expecting food) - $348.68

*Please note:  at this point, vet requested I monitor the other two kitties showing symptoms at home unless something drastic changed.  I chose to take them to the vet one week later for screening.

Cat 1, Cat 2 (17 yo), and Cat3 (16 yo)

3/28 -
Cat 1 (Retest)
Urinalysis - 42.00
Pre-Op Panel - 52.75

Cat2 (Initial Test)
Urinalysis - 42.00
Pre-Op Panel - 52.75
Tranquilizer - 32.00
Acepromazine - 8.50 (tranqs for return visits)


Cat3 (initial Test)
Pre-Op Panel - 52.75

TOTAL - $282.75

4/4
Cat 2 (Re Test and Checkup)
Azodyl Capsules  - 57.24 (this is mixed with their food to help break down food as a result of loss of function)
Examination - 28.00
Total Body Function - 96.50
Urinalysis - 42.00
Clavamox Drops - 29.25

TOTAL - $252.99

4/11
Cat 1 (Retest)
Examination - 28.00
Cystocentesis - 11.50
Creatinine - 20.00
TOTAL - $59.50

Discussed blood panel from Cat 2.  She has thyroid issues as well, which have just been exacerbated by the food poisoning.  All 3 cats are grossly underweight.  Doctor specifically said "Just feed them anything they will eat" except of course, tainted food.

Extrapolating into the future.

-Vet said Cat 1 would need to be monitored every 3 months (at least) unless there were problems as a result of the lost kidney function.  So I figure Cat 1's future vet bill will include:

Cat 1  - My sickest animal, completely lethargic

Exam - 47.50
Urinalysis - 42.00
Pre-Op Panel - 52.75
Creatinine - 20.00
TOTAL - $162.75 x 4 = $649 (Yearly)

Cat 2 - Has thyroid issues in addition to kidney failure.  I imagine her's will run higher however I'll be fair and list her maintenance medical costs related to the pet food recall as the same as Cat 1.

$649 (yearly)

Cat 3 - My sweetheart Smiley  He seems fine right now but so tiny Sad  I'm hoping he'll only need his twice yearly check, at which I will ALWAYS have the vet screen for the same as the girls.

$324.50

I'm in tears again because of this.  Not because of the money but because of the devastating effect this has had on my poor animals in their elderly days Sad















     
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JanC
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« Reply #5 on: April 29, 2007, 06:56:58 AM »

On 4/4, I brought my dog in for bloodwork & urine analysis.....she was showing signs of ARF although she had not had any recalled foods, she had other foods from the same companies.......$148......  Roll Eyes
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Katie
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« Reply #6 on: April 29, 2007, 02:36:17 PM »

My dog was first seen on 2/26 for strange symptoms.When recall started they appeared to be food related based on a chart we kept of symptoms vs food eaten. Her Chem. for Kidney function and Urinalysis show possible CRF.Her last 4 yrs medical tests normal. Dry food has not been recalled but made by company with recalls.

                       2/26     Specialty vet and Labs            373.51
                        3/7      Reg.vet,blood work and urine  350.90
                        4/18    Reg.vet,blood work and urine   167.01

                         Total so far:(still following abnormal     891.42
                                             results)
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« Reply #7 on: April 30, 2007, 03:37:05 PM »

Itchmo -

Maybe this topic should also go into the new Making a Difference forum.
It was one of the ideas E. Hamilton suggested someone take on.

Thanks again for starting the new forum for us to keep this info together.
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« Reply #8 on: May 01, 2007, 01:07:52 PM »

03/14    Cat 1      Examination, blood profile, sub-cutaneous   200.72
03/28    Cat 1      Exam, blood, urin, subcutaneous etc
            Cat 2      Exam, blood, urin, subc.                           577.00
04/02    Cat 1      Recheck Exam, medication, subcut. etc.
            Cat 2      Recheck exam, subc., medication               403.81
04/16    Cat 1      Exam, Inject, subcut., medication               148.00

Cat 1 became ill *before* the recall hit, and the first vet simply attributed the symptoms to old age, CRF. After several rounds of IV and subcutaneous injections we switched because the driving was too stressful for the cat.

Both cats survived (one barely, but he did!), but both are sick and need almost constant attention. I will have to have their blood tested soon to see how the values developed.

When I called Iams, they told me that their vets would speak to my vets.

I'm waiting, but I'm not holding my breath.

I would be very surprised if Iams would take over even part of the vet bills.

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lin52
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« Reply #9 on: May 03, 2007, 07:03:31 AM »

Approximately $4600:
Smokey
(pancreatitis and liver failure, dehydration) - 9 days hospitalization on IV
                                                            Frequent blood testing
                                                            Lepto test
                                                            Pancreatic insufficiency testing
$526:
Lacey
(elevated pancreatic levels, dehydration)     1 day hospitalization on IV                       
                                                            blood testing

Ongoing cost: Special diet for both- low fat LF Royal Canin dry food
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« Reply #10 on: May 03, 2007, 10:33:50 PM »

Feel free to take this down if you do not find it is on topic

CRF cats (and dogs) end up on Subq fluids a box of Ringers cost 57 dollars  more with shipping
needles cost turumos are best they are fine and easy on the cat
cleaning your carpets and tearing out wood floors cost from the urine (hundreds of dollars for me)
Bedding from vomiting and peeing

Anti potty and puke items to protect your bed and floors depend on your bed..I have a king size and paid over 70 dollars for a waterproof matress pad with a smaller one on top so they can still lay in bed with me

Extra laundry soap and enzymes to kill the odors.....

Pads to lay under toss rugs and the cats should they go potty before they can move to the box..if they do

Phosporus binders

Procrit should anemia occur and it can ...cost varies...these are some of the things..I will recheck the price on tomorrow its late and I am beat

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« Reply #11 on: May 03, 2007, 10:41:16 PM »

I do not know how to edit in here,...phosphorus binders (sp) I am tired lol.....cost 40 dollars for the container I have

Hills KD dry bag... 13 dollars

lines for the subq bags over 5 dollars

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Marilyn
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« Reply #12 on: May 03, 2007, 11:03:59 PM »

Thanks to everyone who has replied so far.  I know this is a tough topic, probably re-opening painful wounds for many.  I am sorry for everyone's loss and pain.  I, too have had losses and in the vet clinic I work at, I see others who are dealing with the pain and the unexpected expenses.  This is a difficult time for so many.

I have my spread-sheet set up and am entering data.  Please tell others to come here and post.  If you don't have detailed bills, please post your total.  If you don't still have the exact total, just tell me that it is an estimate.

And if you post once, then your pet has to be treated again, feel free to post again - just let me know these are additional costs.
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SandyBeach
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« Reply #13 on: May 04, 2007, 09:16:33 PM »

Cremation I wanted to do that for my cat that did die but could not afford it. My husband made a coffin for him with good wood. Maybe 25.00 worth and buried him very deep.....

Pet tinic keeps my girl off procriit  cost 13.00 a bottle for the liquid one...her borderline anemia HAS improved shes back in normal numbers

Being both cats have/had kidney issues before the recall they ran up bills..and still do and now I have another one ill who's exam cost with a PSP (cheaper blood test that does include creatine)  82.00

Total spent estmate because I ran to the vet a lot early on and had them do subq fluids till I HAD to do it..repeat blood tests and lots of HCT tests...$3200.00 and still adding up though now we have learned to protect things and how to do our own fluids ..things..you do not know at first.

cost to our hearts and minds...immeasurable
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SandyBeach
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« Reply #14 on: May 04, 2007, 09:26:02 PM »

Oh and Generic Pedialyte 3 dollars every week for almost a year

Renal K  33. 00 from my vet a script could save me much I will ask for one

needles cost about 23.00 a box of 100

Pepid ac for both cats SO far over 100.00
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