The Cost of Having a Dog with Diabetes
How much does dog diabetes treatment cost?
Having a dog with diabetes requires significant care, attention and planning. A larger emotional and financial burden than owning a healthy dog, proper treatment will ensure that your furry friend lives a happy, healthy life. When it comes to the cost of diabetic dog supplies, there is more to consider than simply the price of insulin.
Per month, the cost of insulin for dogs can range from $20 to $90, depending on the brand. The monthly cost of syringes for administering the insulin is an additional $8 to $16. Insulin prescriptions must be renewed every three to four months, and a diabetic dog may have more routine and emergency visits to the veterinarian due to complications related to the condition. On average, vet visits can cost between $50 and $80 a month.
Some dog owners may want to monitor their dog’s glucose levels at home. Glucose meters cost anywhere from $20 to $500, and additional supplies such as lancets and test strips can cost from $5 to $15 a month.
A final added cost of canine diabetes is dog food. Diet plays a key role in effectively managing diabetes, which means that many dog owners spend more on higher quality brands of food that they otherwise may not purchase.
How to save on the cost of treating diabetes in dogs
While there’s no doubt that the cost of diabetic supplies makes caring for a dog with diabetes more expensive, there are ways to save on these items. As insulin is the most significant cost, finding cost-effective insulin for dogs is the best way to save.
A great way to do this is to look for a generic brand. Generic versions of brand name drugs contain the same active ingredients and provide the same benefits. However, they are much less expensive.
Additionally, you can cut costs by purchasing insulin for your dog from an online pharmacy instead of from your veterinarian, who may charge between 100% and 160% more than the wholesale cost. Most clinics also charge a dispensing fee, which could range from $5 to $15. Another way to save on the cost of treating diabetes is to consider a pharmacy benefits plan. These plans typically cost a monthly or yearly fee, and in return you can save up to 75%.
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