PET SURGERY PRICING

Thank you for allowing Helping Hands to treat your pet. You will be provided detailed discharge instructions for follow up care when you pick up your pet. Below you will find a list of our pet surgery prices. Please inquire about any procedures not listed that your pet may need. Each of these prices have been formulated to include everything your pet may need for their surgery including anesthesia/sedation, any medication including antibiotics, pain meds, and fluids that our veterinarians deem necessary.

The only additional fees you may incur would be for Bloodwork, Biopsies or E collars

While bloodwork ($50) is always suggested, as a cost savings, it is only required on dogs over 7 and cats over 9 years of age. If your veterinarian has run bloodwork within 48 hours of your pet’s procedure, please have them fax it to us or bring us a copy to save you this fee. *Biopsies ($100) If we are removing a growth, a biopsy is required to determine if it is cancerous or benign. If you choose to have a biopsy, the results will be faxed to your full service veterinarian for review and any follow up care. * E Collars ($15) Many animals chew or lick open their incisions after pet surgery. We STRONGLY recommend that every animal have an e-collar to help prevent this. If your animal opens his or her incision, you will be charged for closing the wound.

We are outpatient facility which means the pets go home the same day and are usually back to their old selves that night or the next day. While rare, if your veterinarian believes your pet needs post op monitoring, you can return to your full service veterinarian or a 24-hour facility for continued care at your expense. We are here to get your pet through the surgery and back into the hands of your full service veterinarian.

PROCEDURES (click the + for more details)

ACL – Cruciate Ligament Repair – $995

The cranial cruciate ligament (CCL), also known as anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in humans, is found in the knee (called the stifle in pets). When this ligament is torn, an abnormal shearing force occurs causing pain and arthritis over time. The lateral suture surgical technique places a false ligament on the outside of the knee to stabilize the joint allowing return of function and slowing the progression of arthritis. Pets must have strict rest post- op for this repair to be successful. Crate rest is the only way to ensure pets will lie still. A crate is required, and the pet must stay in the crate, other than to go to the bathroom, for the first 2 weeks. It is up to you to keep your pet calm and under control. It is the pushing off / accelerating forward/ jumping motion that can cause your pet to damage the repair. Even after the crate rest period, no exercise should be allowed for 6 weeks. Pets must stay on a short leash when outside and under control at all times to prevent above mentioned movements. Crate rest can be used for a longer period if your pet will not behave out of the crate after the first 2 weeks. Learn More and Watch our ACL Video(Cruciate ligament repair done with the lateral suture technique) $995
Amputation Leg – Canine $655, Feline $455

 

The most common reasons for amputations include, cancer, trauma, and dislocation. Pets are not vain and do not care how they look as long as they continue to receive love.
AMPUTATION LEG FELINE $455
AMPUTATION LEG CANINE $655
Amputation Tail $325 / Screw Tail $455

Amputations are most commonly performed on the legs, toes, and tails. Obviously, these are all thing pets can easily and comfortably live without. The most common reasons for amputations include, cancer, trauma, and dislocation. Pets are not vain and do not care how they look as long as they continue to receive love.
AMPUTATION TAIL $325 (SCREW TAIL-curled, inverted tail $455
Amputation Toe – $325

Amputations are most commonly performed on the legs, toes, and tails. Obviously, these are all thing pets can easily and comfortably live without. The most common reasons for amputations include, cancer, trauma, and dislocation. Pets are not vain and do not care how they look as long as they continue to receive love.
AMPUTATION TOE $325
Anal Gland Removal – $575

Animals can live safely without anal glands. Their only purpose is as a scent gland to help mark territory. Sometimes anal glands can become chronically impacted, infected, or cancerous and require removal. Although fecal incontinence is a noted possible complication when both glands are removed, it is very, very rare. Post- op infection is the most common complication which can be avoided with antibiotics and crate rest to prevent scooting on the rear. Stool softeners may be indicated for a few days post – op to soften the bowels and help alleviate discomfort when having a bowel movement.
ANAL SAC REMOVAL $575
Bloat / Stomach Torsion – $995

Bloat is a surgical emergency to untwist the stomach that has been distended with gas and fluid. It occurs when a deep chested dog’s stomach fills with fluid or food and then twists and begins to distend with gas. When the stomach twists, it pulls the spleen along with it and can cause shock and then death. Our first goal is to relieve the gas and fluid. Next, we surgically untwist the stomach and spleen and remove any permanently damaged tissues. Finally, we tack the stomach to the body wall so that it cannot twist again. A preventative stomach tack can be performed early in life to prevent a life threatening situation.
BLOAT $995
Cherry Eye Repair – $255

Animals have 3 eyelids. The same two lids (upper and lower) that we have, and a third that crosses from the nose side. This third eyelid contains a gland that produces tears to keep the eye moist. When this gland becomes inflamed, it swells and has the appearance of a cherry sitting in the corner of the eye. The inflammation is usually caused by infection or irritation from hair, dust, etc. It is important to keep the hair trimmed around the eyes to help decrease irritation. Plain contact saline can be used to flush irritants out of the eye. A rare consequence of having a cherry eye repaired is a dry eye, because the gland that produces most of the tears has been damaged. This is extremely rare, but if it occurs, moisturizing drops will be needed long term.
CHERRY EYE REPAIR $255
Cholecystectomy (Removal of the Gall Bladder) – $855

Cholecystectomy is removal of the gall bladder. Animals can live safely without their gall bladders. The gallbladder is tucked between the lobes of the liver on the right side of the abdomen and is responsible for aiding in digestion. Because most pets eat a consistent diet, dietary changes are usually not a concern for pets. The most common reasons to have the gall bladder removed are from formation of stones, mucoceles, or cancer.
CHOLECYSTECTOMY (removal of the gall bladder) – $855
Colectomy (Removal of Colon to Treat Megacolon in Cats) – $855

A colectomy is removal of the colon usually due to cats with megacolon or any pet with colon cancer. Pets can live safely without their colon. The colon is responsible for storing and dehydrating fecal matter prior to being expelled in a bowel movement. When the colon is removed, bowel movements can be a bit more frequent and softer than normal.
COLECTOMY (removal of colon to treat megacolon in cats) – $855
Cystotomy (Bladder Stone or Bladder Growth Removal) – $655

Learn More and Watch our Cystotomy Video
CYSTOTOMY (opening the urinary bladder to remove stones or growths) – $655
Crypthorchid Neuter – $175

Crypthorchid means a retained testicle that has not fallen into the scrotal sac. When this occurs, it is found either in the inquinal region or in the abdomen. No matter where the testicles are found, they are both removed when your pet is neutered.
NEUTER – CRYPTORCHID – $175
C-Section – $555 to $1,655

C-SECTION $555.00 with spay – $655.00 without spay
After hours C-SECTION $1,555 with spay – $1,655 without spay (includes after hours fee)
Dental – $225

Learn More and Watch our Dental Video
DENTAL SCALING / POLISHING – $225
(includes bloodwork, all extractions, and medications if necessary)
Dewclaw Removal – $125

Dewclaws are residual thumbs. The dewclaw nails do not make contact with the ground so tend to grow around and back into the paw if they are not kept trimmed. They can be found on either the front or rear paws, attached by bone or loosely hanging. Not all dogs have dewclaws. They are most often removed due to nail entrapment, infection, or if owners are unable to keep the nails trimmed.
DEWCLAW REMOVAL (adult dogs) (per claw) – $125
Elongated Soft Palate – $255

Having an elongated soft palate makes breathing difficult and noisy. Shortening the soft palate, so that it no longer covers the larynx, makes for a happier dog who can breathe easier and more quietly. This is a common finding in brachycephalic (short nose) dogs, such as pugs, bulldogs, etc. Often an elongated soft palate goes along with stenotic nares (pinched nose holes) and tracheas that are more narrow. The three together is called brachycephalic dog syndrome.
ELONGATED SOFT PALATE – $255
Entropion – $175

Entropion is a rolling in of the eyelids leading the lashes to rub on the eyeball. This can cause minor irritation up to severe corneal ulcerations. The number of affected lids depends on your pet’s anatomy. A minor nip-tuck of the eyelid will allow the lid to unroll and relieve the irritation to the eye. It is best to slightly overcorrect the lid so that any future irritation will not allow the lid to roll back in. You may see a bit of pink in your pet’s eye once the lids are corrected. This is simply the conjunctiva around your pet’s eye. Sometimes visibility of the pink area will subside as the swelling goes down, other times you may continue to see the pink area. This is cosmetic only and will not negatively affect your pet. The fee for correction is per lid, not per eye. One to four lids can be affected.
ENTROPION – $175 (Folding in/out of Eyelids, per eyelid)
Enucleation (Removal of the Eyeball) – $355

Enucleation is removal of the eye ball. There are many reasons that the eye ball needs removal. Trauma, glaucoma, and cancer are the 3 most common reasons. When the eye is removed, the lids are closed and sealed. Hair will regrow over the area and the skin will lie flat. Pets compensate well with only one eye.
ENUCLEATION (removal of the eye) – $355
Esophageal Feeding Tube – $125

Esophageal feeding tubes are meant to be a temporary means to feed your pet while they are recovering. They will help ensure that your pet is receiving proper nutrition if they will not eat on their own. The tube is placed into the esophagus through the side of the neck and bandaged in place. Food should be offered by mouth prior to tube feeding to assess return of an appetite. If your pet does not eat, then the tube is used as back up. Once your pet is eating on it’s own consistently, the tube can be removed. Directions for tube feeding will be provided.
ESOPHAGEAL FEEDING TUBE – $125
Exploratory Surgery – $855

When we explore the abdomen, we look for unknown causes of your pet’s illness and fix it if it is operable. We will have you leave a contact number for us so we can discuss our findings, options and prognosis based on what we find on exploration. An exploratory surgery is usually indicated when all other less invasive means of diagnosis have been exhausted.
EXPLORATORY(includes diagnosis&treatment,if possible) – $855
Femoral Head Ostectomy (FHO) – $995 (for cats and dogs under 25 pounds only)

There are several reasons for a pet to need an FHO. Congenital birth defects such as hip dysplasia or Legg Calve Perthes disease, hip luxation, or trauma. In an ideal world, a total hip replacement would be the gold standard of care like in people, but since pets walk on 4 legs instead of 2, they can still walk easily without stable hip joints. An FHO means removing the ball of the upper leg bone that connects with the hip bone so that the 2 bones do not rub together abnormally and cause severe pain. It is a procedure to relieve pain. It does not replace the hip joint. It removes part of the joint. Symptoms include difficulty rising after rest, exercise intolerance, rear leg muscle atrophy, and/or intermittent or continuous lameness. There are many other problems that can cause similar signs, so a proper orthopedic exam and x-rays are required to make the definitive diagnosis and recommendation for an FHO.
The majority of dogs have good to excellent return to function. They may walk or run with a slight swagger, but go on to live a pain-free life.
FEMORAL HEAD OSTECTOMY (FHO) – $995 (for cats and dogs under 25 pounds only)
Foreign Body Removal – $855

Animals often swallow things they should not. Often they pass undetected in the stool, but occasionally they get stuck along the way. Pet surgery is indicated to get it out if it will not pass on its own. We remove all varieties of things from pets. You will be provided with show and tell when you come to pick up your pet. We explore the entire abdomen to be sure that all foreign material from one end to the other is removed from your pet. Sadly, they usually do not learn their lesson and occasionally we have repeat offenders.
FOREIGN BODY REMOVAL – $855
Growth Removal – $125 to $725

Growths can appear anywhere on your pet’s body and can grow from many different cell types. Some are slow growing and some can grow quite quickly. Either way, any abnormal lump or bump should be checked by your veterinarian. A needle biopsy (a very small sample taken with a needle) can determine the type of growth and if removal is indicated. This will be done by your regular full service veterinarian. If a larger sample is needed, or you simply want the growth removed, we can remove the growth and send the entire piece of tissue to the lab with the results sent to your full service veterinarian for review and follow up care. If the cell type is unknown prior to surgery or if the growth is suspicious for cancer, we will make every effort to achieve clean margins of skin around the growth. Therefore the incision will appear larger than the actual growth was. There are some areas of the body where the skin will not allow for clean margins and only a debulking of the mass can be achieved. If the growth was deemed benign prior to surgery, removing this extra margin of skin will not be necessary. Drainage tubes and bandages may be used post- op depending on the location and size of the growth. Instructions for care will be sent home with you.
GROWTH REMOVAL- EXTRA LARGE (greater than 5 inches in length) – $725
GROWTH REMOVAL – LARGE ( 3 – 5 inches) – $525
GROWTH REMOVAL – MEDIUM (1 – 3 inches) – $325
GROWTH REMOVAL – SMALL (less than 1 inch) – $125
Hernia Repair – $255 to $995

A hernia is caused by trapping of tissue between torn muscle and skin causing a pouch. They are most commonly located at the umbilicus (belly button area), inguinal area, perineal (next to the rectum), or in the diaphragm (the muscle between the chest and the abdomen) although they can occur anywhere there is muscle. They can be congenital (born with it) or traumatic (caused by trauma). All hernias are repaired by replacing the tissue back where it belongs and closing the hole in the muscle. We repair all hernias except diaphragmatic and perineal hernias.
HERNIA REPAIR (INGUINAL) – $455
HERNIA REPAIR (UMBILICAL) – $255

Lateral Ear Canal resection – $705

LATERAL EAR CANAL RESECTION (to aid in chronic ear infections) – $705
Medial Patella Luxation (MPL) – $995

The patella is the medical name for the knee cap. A luxating patella occurs when the knee cap slips in and out of the groove it normally resides in. Most often in pets it slips medially (towards the other leg). The type of repair needed is determined by the amount of lameness your pet is exhibiting and how far the knee cap slips out of the joint. We will utilize the best procedure(s) to repair your pet’s knee and return them to full function. We repair Grade 1 through Grade 3 luxations. Grade 4 luxations require cutting and moving of bone (tibial crest transpositions). Therefore, we are unable to repair Grade 4 luxations. Crate rest for the first 2 weeks is mandatory. It is the only way we can ensure your pet will not place any jumping or jarring motions on the knee during the recovery period. Physical therapy through your regular full service veterinarian, may be needed to help these pets regain full function of the leg.
Nasal Fold Resection (Removal of Excess Skin b/w Eyes & Nose) – $655

Excessive skin folds around the nose can lead to chronic skin and eye irritation. Removing this excess skin allows air to circulate and keeps debris from getting trapped between skin folds that leads to irritation and infection.
NASAL FOLD RESECTION (removal of excess skin between eyes and nose) – $655
Nasal Stenosis (Opening Nasal Passages to Aid in Breathing) – $255

Having nasal stenosis (narrowing of the nasal passages) makes breathing difficult and noisy. Opening these passages makes for a happier dog who can breathe easier and more quietly. This is a common finding in brachycephalic (short nose) dogs, such as pugs, bulldogs, etc. Often nasal stenosis goes along with elongated soft palates and tracheas that are more narrow. The three together is called brachycephalic dog syndrome. Often the soft palate should be shortened if it is elongated along with the opening of the nasal passages. There is no good repair for a narrow trachea, so repairing the other 2 parts of the syndrome helps compensate for the narrow trachea.
NASAL STENOSIS (opening nasal passages to aid in breathing) – $255
Nephrectomy (Kidney Removal) – $855

A nephrectomy is removal of the kidney. Animals, just like humans, have 2 kidneys, but can safely live with only one as long as it functions well. The most common reason for removal of the kidney is cancer or damage to the ureter (the tube that empties the kidney into the urinary bladder).
NEPHRECTOMY (removal of kidney) – $855
Neuter – $25 – $225 (only in addition to other procedures)

Neuter is the term used for removing the testicles in a male pet. The scrotum is retained and will usually shrink on its own over time. This procedure is recommended for young pets as a preventative measure, not only to prevent pet overpopulation, but for many behavioral and medical reasons as well. Retained testicles, testicular cancer, testicular torsion, prostate cancer, benign prostatic hyperplasia, perineal hernias (due to straining from an enlarged prostate), and increased incidence of UTIs and urinary bladder stone formation. This list is not all inclusive. It only lists the most common medical concerns in unneutered males that we see on a daily basis.
NEUTER – CAT (in addition to other procedure) *- $25
NEUTER – DOG (in addition to other procedure) * – $55
NEUTER – CRYPTORCHID – $225
Perineal Urethrostomy (PU) – (to Treat Urinary Blockage in Cats) – $855

A PU is the medical term, in cats, for removing the penis to make a larger opening for your cat to be able to urinate through preventing future urinary blockage. In dogs, the penis is not removed but the urine is rerouted to empty through a different and larger opening. Learn more about Perineal Urethrostomy.
PERINEAL URETHROSTOMY (to treat or prevent urinary blockage) – $855
Pyometra (Infected Uterus) – $455

Pyometra is a life threatening infection of the uterus. Having your pet spayed is the only effective treatment. If left untreated, the uterus can rupture and your pet will die. Early spaying is recommended to prevent this life threatening condition. Pyometra most commonly occurs within a few weeks of a pet being in heat.
PYOMETRA (infected uterus) – $455
Salivary Gland / Mucocele / Ranula – $655

Salivary glands are removed when the drainage ducts get blocked and swelling under the tongue (ranula) or neck (mucocele) occurs due to buildup of trapped saliva. There are several glands that produce saliva, but only 2 main salivary glands, one on each side of the jaw. The main salivary gland, on the side of the swelling, is removed with the hopes that the other remaining glands on that side produce enough saliva to prevent dry mouth, but not enough to cause recurrence of the swelling. In rare cases, the ranula/mucocele can re-form or form on the other side, necessitating a second surgery. Even with both main salivary glands removed, ranulas and mucoceles can recur from the smaller salivary gland tissue throughout the neck region. This is very rare, but possible.

Our fee includes removal of the associated salivary gland and repair/drainage of the ranula and/or mucocele on one side.

Spay – $105 to $225 (only in addition to other procedures)

Spay is the term used for removal of the uterus and ovaries. This procedure is usually recommended for young pets as a preventative measure, not only to prevent pet overpopulation, but for many medical reasons as well. Pyometra (infected uterus, a life threatening condition), uterine and ovarian cancer, prolapsed uterus or vagina, distochia (puppies trapped in the birth canal requiring emergency c- section), and breast cancer (85% higher incident in unspayed females). This list is not all inclusive. It only lists the most common medical concerns in unspayed females that we see on a daily basis.
SPAY – CAT – $105 * (in addition to other procedure)
SPAY – DOG – $225 * (in addition to other procedure)
Splenectomy (Removal of the Spleen) – $855

Splenectomy is removal of the spleen. Animals and people can live safely without their spleen. The spleen is an abdominal organ involved in the production and removal of blood cells and forms part of the immune system. Other organs take over these functions if the spleen is removed. The most common reasons we remove spleens are due to trauma (splenic rupture), cancer, and splenic torsion (twisting of the spleen cutting off blood supply).
SPLENECTOMY (removal of the spleen) – $855
Stomach tacking (to Prevent Stomach Twist/Bloat) – $255

Stomach tacking is a preventative pet surgery procedure to prevent bloat. Bloat is a surgical emergency to untwist the stomach that has been distended with gas and fluid. It occurs when a deep chested dog’s stomach fills with fluid or food and then twists and begins to distend with gas. When the stomach twists, it pulls the spleen along with it and can cause shock and then death. When the stomach is tacked preventatively, it will be unable to twist, therefore preventing a life threatening emergency.
STOMACH TACK (to prevent stomach twist/ bloat) – $255
Third Eyelid Flap (Eye Patch to Treat Ulcers and Scratches) – $205

THIRD EYELID FLAP (“natural eye patch” to treat lacerations or ulcerations) – $205
Thyroidectomy (Removal of the Thyroid Gland, to Treat Hyperthyroidism in Cats) – $405

Pets and people have 2 thyroid glands in their neck. Most often only one needs removal, but even if both require removal, thyroid hormone can be supplemented by medication. The most common reasons to remove a thyroid gland is cancer or hyperthyroidism in cats. In dogs, cancer is the most common reason to remove a thyroid gland.
The thyroid and parathyroid glands are anatomically close together and when diseased, occasionally cannot be distinguished from one another. The parathyroid is responsible for calcium balance and manipulating/removing it can lead to a drop in calcium levels that can be life threatening. Therefore, after thyroid surgery in any pet, calcium monitoring for 24 hours post-op is required. We do not provide this service, so plans should be made ahead of surgery for transfer post-op to any 24 hour facility for calcium monitoring.
THYROIDECTOMY (removal of the thyroid gland, to treat hyperthyroidism in cats) – $405
Vaginal Fold Resection – $655

Excessive skin folds around the vagina can lead to chronic skin irritation and urinary tract infections. Removing this excess skin through pet surgery allows air to circulate and keeps debris from getting trapped between skin folds. This makes for a much happier pet.
VAGINAL FOLD RESECTION (removal of excess skin around vagina to help prevent chronic UTI’s) – $655
Vaginal Prolapse – $550

Most often the vagina will prolapse when a dog is in heat due to swelling of uterine tissue or the presence of a mass. It is required to spay these pets to bring them out of heat faster so that the swelling will subside and not recur.
Wound Repair – $125 to $325

Wounds have many causes, sizes, and locations. They are usually treated by cleaning, debriding (removal of damaged tissue), and closing/suturing the wound. A drain may be placed in a wound if there is concern for fluid build-up under the skin. Instructions for care will be sent home with you.
WOUND / LACERATION REPAIR – LARGE (greater than 5 inches) – $325
WOUND / LACERATION REPAIR – MEDIUM (2 – 5 inches) – $225
WOUND / LACERATION REPAIR – SMALL (less than 2 inches) – $125

Watch the video below to learn about the type of ACL procedure we offer.

Watch the video below to learn about the importance of dental care.

Watch the video below to learn about Cystotomy care.

Please Call or Email us to inquire about any procedures not listed.(804) 355-3500 / info@affordablepetsurgery.com

*all routine spays and neuters are referred to Prevent A Litter, (804)359-6369, The Loving Spay Neuter Clinic at RAL(804)379-9725 and the Jessica Beath Spay Neuter Clinic at the Farrington Firehouse(804)752-7729
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