Thursday, October 3, 2013

1174. $7,000 for the surgery of perineal hernias in a Yorkshire Terrier

"Are you sure you have heard correctly?" I asked the owner of this 8-year-old Yorkshire Terrier with two backside swellings called bilateral perineal hernias. Her dog was constipated and Vet 1 quoted $7,000 to repair the perineal hernias.

"Yes, I am sure," she said. "My husband is not happy."
"Perhaps it is $700 for one perineal hernia?"
"No, no," she was adamant.
"$7,000! Vet 1 had stuck her finger into my dog's rectum to remove the constipated stools . "

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