Like cancer care for people, cancer diagnosis and treatment for pets has made remarkable advancements through the years. Today, new diagnostic and treatment protocals in the hands of highly trained veterinary cancer specialists are improving the outcomes for pets. As with any life-saving treatment, this level of advanced care has its cost. Fortunately, the capabilities, science, and expertise now available in the world of specialized veterinary medicine, the cost is still considerably less than one would find in a human healthcare environment.
Balancing Care and Costs
As with human cases of cancer, surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy are the standards when it comes to treating a pet. To put all these costs into proper perspective and understand the true value associated with them, it helps to understand key factors related to veterinary cancer care.
Health Insurance - When a person faces cancer, there are numerous costs associated with care and treatment. of which are covered indirectly through health insurance premiums. In veterinary medicine, less than 5% of our pets have health insurance. Until that number changes, a majority of these costs are carried by the pet owner.
Diagnostic and Treatment - As in human cancer treatment, many of the costs to deliver cancer therapies can be quite high. The equipment and therapies we use are often the same used for cases of human cancer. For example with chemotherapy; most, if not all, of the drugs used in cases of pet treatment are the same as those developed to fight human cases of cancer. In fact, there are very few treatments that are created exclusively for animals. Safeguards required for both the equipment and therapies add another layer of cost and complexity when providing this level of advanced care.
Helping patients and their owners - Our number one priority is to help achieve the best outcome possible for you and your pet, while doing whatever we can to help you manage the costs of care needed to make this level of care possible. We accept most credit cards and CareCredit, and will assist with any medical forms required by your pet insurance policy.