Is a Cancer Specialist Necessary for Your Pet?
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The second article in this series explores the decision of staying with your primary veterinarian or seek treatment from a specialist. One very important point that this article talks about is the “hidden cost” of specialty care. When Rocco was diagnosed with bone cancer we wee referred to a canine oncologist. The specialist recommended surgery to amputate the affected leg. That would cost between $5000-$7000 (note- this was 14 years ago). The intervention was approved but Rocco had to be hospitalized for pre op testing while waiting for the surgery. Being naive, we did not think about “extra charges”. In the end , Rocco’s cancer had metastasized and he passed away within 2 weeks – the day before the amputation was to happen. The loss of our beloved pet was devastating, but the bill for the pre-op work up was an additional $3000. It, too, was a sobering experience. But a great deal was learned through the process and our beloved Rocco was kept comfortable until he passed over the “rainbow bridge”. It always is an extremely difficult decision, Keep coming back for thee next installment on cancer in pets.
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