FAQ's: Canine Cancer Treatment Costs

How much will treatment cost?

Cost will vary according to the type of treatment required, the type of cancer they have, the number of extra tests that need to be conducted and your particular vet’s fee schedule. Even the size of your dog can be a factor in cost, as the bigger the dog, the more drugs that need to be administered for chemotherapy or other procedures. 

For instance, removing a small mast cell tumor may cost a few hundred dollars, while a Bone Marrow Transplant to treat lymphoma can cost around $16,000.  

Generally speaking, you should be prepared to spend several thousand dollars in the course of your dog’s treatment.  If you have pet insurance, they will likely reimburse you for some of the costs of treatment.  Your vet clinic may also offer a payment plan program such as Care Credit, which can help to spread out the costs and make them more manageable for you and your family.

One thing to keep in mind with chemotherapy, which is a common treatment option, is that although it is expensive over the course of treatment, you do pay per appointment, not in a lump sum, this amount is spread out over several months. 

And, if money is a major concern, talk with your vet about alternatives. See which tests are absolutely necessary and which are optional (sometimes diagnostic test can provide a more accurate prognosis but may not affect the treatment options).  Also, ask if there is a less expensive treatment option available which may not be "optimal" but could still help your dog live a high quality life for as long as possible. Rarely is there only ONE way to approach cancer treatment.

This website is not intended to replace the advice of a veterinary professional, and is for informational purposes only.   Please seek the advice of your veterinarian or a veterinary specialist before giving your dog any supplements or pursuing any alternative cancer therapies. 

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