Tuesday, September 23, 2014

What it Cost: COPD Diagnosis

It's been forever since I blogged about my own horse.  Or you know, blogged in general.  But I am back to working full time and then some, so pony time has been limited.  Mollie literally could not care less.

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
Sedation IV_________________________________________$31.25
Fluid Analysis (lab work)______________________________$115.60
**2.5 Bottles of Prednisolone Tab_______________________$323.09
S&H on additional pred_______________________________$28.50

Grand Total________________________________________$710.94

*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 ;)


  1. Boo that is not fun :( I've been there this year!

    1. Definitely not fun, but very grateful to have a diagnosis and treatment plan that worked.

  2. Yikes. I feel your pain. Hue has killed me with vet bills this year.

  3. Ouch, that sucks. But having a diagnosis and treatment plan is definitely a good thing.

  4. Vet bills, un-fun but luckily you'll probably only need to order the Pred again.

  5. good to have a diagnosis and plan!

  6. that's a big hit :(.... hope Mollie continues to do well with this treatment plan!

  7. Aw, that sucks. But it sounds like Mollie is doing well - which is the main thing!

  8. Ugh, vet bills. But glad she is doing better!

    Not sure where you get your prednisone from, but I've discovered that Costco is usually about 1/2 to 1/3 of what the vet or a "normal" pharmacy charges me. A bottle of 100 Deximethazone tablets costs $25 at the vet, and $10 at Costco. Maybe something to look in to?