Sunday, March 11, 2007

FLUTD Related Veterinarian Bill - Night One

Male Cat Urinary Blockage Treatment
Due to Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disorder
..... Emergency Clinic - First Night - Catheterization
$ 55.45 .......... Catheterization-Urinary
$ 82.00 .......... Emergency Room and Exam
$ 84.85 .......... Injections (3)
$ 59.70 .......... Inpatient Care (10 hours)
$ 21.65 .......... Inpatient Care Initial Set Up
$ 49.60 .......... IV Fluid Therapy (Catheterization)
$ 51.15 .......... IV Fluid Therapy (Fluids 1st Liter)
$ 24.75 .......... IV Fluid Therapy (Infusion Set)
$ 59.85 .......... Sedation
$ 39.70 .......... Urinalysis W/Sedimentation
$ 26.85 .......... Vet Test 1st Slide
$ 34.00 .......... Vet Test Each Additional Slide (2)
$ 85.55 .......... Radiograph 1 View Only
$675.10 .......... Total For March 7th, 2007 (Animal Hospital)
This bill is for the initial visit and overnight stay at the Animal Hospital - which is the only place to take a cat after your Veterinarian Clinic is closed for the evening.

More Bills To Go

If untreated FLUTD is fatal in male cats between 24 and 36 hours. Essentially you have three choices pay up front to catheterize the cat with no assurance that you won't end up needing to catheterize again, euthanasias the cat, or take the cat home to die a painful death.

If you don't have the money or the credit your cat dies. If you have the money, and the credit veterinarians can pretty much charge whatever they want. If you stop paying at any point your cat dies - it's that simple.

Other Billing Pages For Same FLUTD Incidence

$ 675.10 ..... Page One
$ 133.25 ..... Page Two
$ 136.70 ..... Page Three
$ 779.23 ..... Page Four
$ 135.25 ..... Page Five
$1859.53 ..... Grand Total (Not Including $1500 For Same Cat & Problem 11/2006)
Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disorder is a real money maker for Veterinarians. It's a life or death condition for male cats. Companies which produce popular brands of cat food still include too much phosphorus, and magnesium in their formulas.
Despite switching to a prescription only cat food our cat's urethra was so badly scarred from being catheterized twice in November of 2006 that he still ended up being blocked again by March of 2007, and needed surgery to prevent further episodes of FLUTD by having his penis amputated.

Photos and Description of the catheterization of a cat's penis

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Last night, I noticed that my 14 year old male cat was making multiple trips to the litterbox and licking himself excessively. I suspected that he may be having trouble urinating - and my fear was confirmed when he squatted on the bathroom floor, producing only a few drops of blood tinged urine. I took him to an emergency pet hospital - as our regular veterinarian is closed on Sunday.

After a very brief physical exam, which included feeling his abdomen to check the size of his bladder (which, thankfully, was small and relatively empty) The vet suggested several tests, including blood screening, a urine test and possibly an X-ray to check for stones. The estimated cost for the visit, plus tests was $693.

I was dumbfounded. I brought with me $300 in cash, which I had fully expected to spend. When the veterinary assistant saw the look of surprise on my face, he suggested an alternative - antibiotics and a pain reliever for 48 hours. An effective treatment if the problem is a UTI.

I LOVE this cat - he is my child, my friend, my constant companion. Losing him is not an option. If it is something more serious, I will find a way to foot the bill.

I asked the vet if stones or a blockage could just happen overnight - as less than 24 hrs earlier, he was in the litterbox while I was in the bathroom and he sounded like a firehose - he always has.

Aside from the afore-mentioned symptoms, my cat is behaving quite normally. His pee-pee problem has not affected his appetite or his spirit. He is alert, bright-eyed and as super-affectionate, as always.

He has always been in excellent health - he drinks plenty of purified water and has had no prior urinary tract problems.

I work at home so I'm able to keep a close eye on whether he shows any sign of improvement. He will be back at the vet's office if nothing has changed by morning.

Anyway, I wanted to thank you for sharing your experience. I hope that your kitty is doing well! =^..^=

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