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Updated 2/24/08

Any of these signs warrants a call to us for discussion.  Your horse’s diet and management may be modified according to our recommendations.  

PAYMENT OPTIONS & DEPOSIT REQUIRED  

A $3500.00 deposit is required before we place your horse on the surgery table.

The balance owed is due following surgery, but no later than when the horse is discharged.   

If your horse is covered by Preventicare, you are still required to make a deposit of $3,500.00 and pay your colic surgery bill as you would normally.  Preventicare reimburses you later.

We accept cash, personal checks, Visa and MasterCard. We also accept CareCredit, a line of credit extended to pre- approved clients to finance their veterinary bills.  Ask us for details.

WHY IS COLIC SURGERY SO EXPENSIVE?

Colic surgery requires a team of highly trained staff working in unison. Often colic surgery is performed at night or on weekends and holidays, which means that staff must be compensated extra for after hours and overtime wages.

Colic surgery requires a very large investment in equipment and medications up front by the hospital. Equipment such as gas anesthesia machine, mechanical ventilator, a specialized hydraulic surgery table, electric hoist to lift the horse onto the table, padded recovery room, and numerous smaller equipment, disposable supplies such as sterile drapes and gowns and large volumes of medications all add up to a huge investment by the hospital which must be accounted for and passed onto you.  

Colic surgery requires tremendous post-operative care 24-hours monitoring for several days following surgery. Typically horses are kept on 40-80 liters of IV fluids per day at a cost of $600-$1000.00/day. In addition, horses that are very ill following the recovery from more severe conditions may require plasma at a cost of $200-$300.00/ liter. This follow up care also requires numerous late night hours from trained staff and veterinarians.

For the reasons we have described, colic surgery is very expensive no matter where you go. Our prices are comparable to most other similarly equipped equine clinics across the country.

If you have any questions about colic surgery, please communicate with us. Good communication is paramount to mutual understanding and successful outcomes.

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