As dog owners, it is a constant worry that our dogs will get sick. Veterinary care can be expensive and for the dog, the treatment can be stressful and invasive.
How much does a dog tumor removal cost?
Surgery to remove tumors will average $1,500 but the price can vary between surgeries and the area you live.
The cost of surgery depends on several factors such as the severity of the required surgery, the number of tumors being removed, any pre-surgery consultations or treatment and any aftercare.
If the tumor is cancerous, your dog may require additional treatment such as chemotherapy or radiotherapy.
Chemotherapy is usually priced based on the number of cycles needed. A 6-month course of treatment may cost from $1,500 to $2,000.
Radiotherapy is not used as often but it is much more expensive, prices generally starting from $2,000.
Should I get my dog’s tumor removed?
There are several things to consider here. Firstly, is the tumor cancerous or benign? If the tumor does not contain any cancerous cells, then you only need to think about any symptoms the tumor may be causing.
If the tumor is not growing and the dog is not experiencing any other symptoms, then surgery may not be necessary.
Tumors that are still growing can put pressure on the surrounding organs, so this needs to be factored into your decision-making. Generally, a growing tumor should be removed to prevent further complications.
In the case of cancerous tumors, they should be removed provided the tumor is operable and it will give the dog a better quality of life. If the tumor is advanced or there are several tumors, the best option may be to manage the symptoms to keep your dog comfortable or to consider euthanasia to prevent further suffering.
How can I help my dog with a tumor?
The most difficult part of having a tumor is the actual treatment. Surgery is an invasive procedure and your dog will be in pain for a few days afterward. To keep him comfortable, keep up with his scheduled pain medication and keep him calm and still.
Refrain from any strenuous exercise or playtime, as this can slow the healing process and worsen the pain your dog is experiencing.
If your dog is having chemotherapy or radiotherapy, he will likely feel sick and tired. You can help him by feeding him regular small portions and encourage his appetite by warming the food or adding a little chicken or beef gravy for additional flavor.
Vomiting is a common symptom and it can be tempting to fuss your dog, but this will only make him nervous about vomiting again. When he vomits, leave him be for a few minutes before you give him pets or cuddles.