|She's always this excited to see me.|
Mollie is almost 3 weeks post-prednisone treatment and is (knock on wood) doing really well!! She gets a little huffy under saddle but as long as she gets plenty of walk breaks she seems ok. I put her back on the Freeway from Hilton Herbs and I'm hoping that can maintain her through the cooler months, and then we'll have to make a plan come next spring/summer depending on how she presents.
A little while back someone (maybe Beka?) did a "What it Cost" post to break down the costs of a vet visit. I figured I hadn't read one on COPD before, so it would be a
devastatingly sad fun topic for a post. The total cost wasn't QUITE so bad because it was broken down over a couple of payments (I paid for the bottles of prednisone as needed) but it still is a lot of money that I tend not to think about unless I actually blog about it.
So to recap, I made an emergency vet call because of respiratory distress. The vet did a visual assessment, a lung wash, set the samples out to the lab, and then I bought 2.5 bottles of prednisone.
This is how it all breaks down:
*Partial Call Fee (7-3 Clients)___________________________$24.00
Respiratory Exam (visual)______________________________$78.00
Broncho-Alveolar Lavage (lung wash)____________________$110.50
Fluid Analysis (lab work)______________________________$115.60
**2.5 Bottles of Prednisolone Tab_______________________$323.09
S&H on additional pred_______________________________$28.50
*yay for 2 other people who decided they needed the vet that day too!!
**a total of 1,250 tablets
So there ya have it. A little over $700 for an entire COPD diagnosis and treatment. Luckily Mollie requires vet visits very infrequently (knock on wood!) so this should keep her healthy for a while ;)