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Old 05-22-2013, 06:20 PM
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Yea, iirc I've heard that MRIs run in the $3-5k range. Not really doable for most folks, still, though.
I was thinking an MRI would be more in this range. The neurological exam quote I got isn't including if I had an MRI done. If the MRI ends up being more in the 800-1500 range I can probably do it though id need to save the money first. Anything higher would be a little out of my price range right now unfortunately. Getting quotes from other vets in the area outside of my own as well. I might also have to have xrays done on Joey's hips and knees (will post a separate thread about that) and it looks like that is going to run me a couple hundred as well not including sedation which doesn't seem too expensive for xrays I don't think?
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Old 05-22-2013, 08:15 PM
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This might not be helpful for Bamm, but if you're thinking about xraying Joey, I'd be considering pet insurance now, then go for the xrays after it's started. Just in case something funky pops up on the xrays...
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Old 05-22-2013, 08:20 PM
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On the xrays for Joey subject--if you do get pet insurance first make sure they cover hereditary conditions--many policies don't.
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Old 05-22-2013, 08:38 PM
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On the X-rays for Joey subject... You shouldn't need to sedate him if you find a good vet. Frag is vet aggressive and didnt need to be sedated for his, nor did Recon as a squirmy puppy.
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I might also have to have xrays done on Joey's hips and knees (will post a separate thread about that) and it looks like that is going to run me a couple hundred as well not including sedation which doesn't seem too expensive for xrays I don't think?
Payton's x-rays this weekend were $255 for elbows, hips, sedation, additional films for the hips, and the OFA fee as well. A couple hundred is probably about right even with sedation!
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That's about what Ive paid. For a reliable reading I would sedate.
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For a reliable reading I would sedate.
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Ok, I checked lol.

It seems in most areas $1-2k is the cost of an MRI for dogs.

But in my area, $5k is the starting cost of an MRI, no included anestesia/sedation, evaluation with a specialist, etc. I think $30,000 is a high friggin estimate, but $10,000 + to diagnose a brain issue on MRI doesn't sound unrealistic.

Hopefully if you do need that done, Amber, you can find that for a lot less cost.
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Old 05-23-2013, 09:09 AM
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With Joey I may not need to sedate him, but he can be squirmy so to get easy to read pictures I may just have them sedate him. I'm hoping if anything is wrong with him it's fixable. I've been talking to a chiropractor about him as well, but want to do the xrays first so we at least have a better idea what may be going on. I've never even thought to look into pet insurance because I've always been told it isn't really worth it. Are there any out there that are pretty good these days?

On Bamm... Ya I'm scared to know how much an MRI will cost and honestly I can't spend 10k to do it even if it ends up being that high. I just don't have that kind of money saved up and my credit is shot so doubt the vet would allow me to do a payment plan.
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Old 05-23-2013, 09:42 AM
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There is a TON of variety in pet insurance these days. I use PetPlan and they do cover hereditary conditions, ongoing issues that span plan years (as long as they are diagnosed after the plan is in effect and you keep the premium paid), etc. I pay about $15-20/mo for an accident/injury/illness only plan with an annual max of $8000. $200 deductible per issue. I've heard good things about Trupanion, too.
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