When people think of what it takes to begin treating diabetes in dogs, they never know the full scope of the financial burden they are undertaking. But of course, this is about our beloved dogs, so cost in the end doesn’t matter to many of us. There are various factors that will influence the amount of money you will be spending in long-term treatment. We will give you a better idea of what kind of cost you can expect in this article.
Treating Diabetes in Dogs: Cost Breakdown
Most of the dogs diagnosed with diabetes are typically prescribed insulin injections, given once or twice a day. These injections are a method used to help control blood sugar levels and keep these levels from spiking dangerously. This is going to be the most expensive cost associated with treating your dog’s diabetes.
With this in mind, you will want to make sure you plan to spend between $50 to $160 a month to maintain daily insulin injections. This of course, depends on the severity of your dog’s disease, the size of your dog and where you purchase the insulin.
Needles and Syringes
Just having your dog’s insulin on hand isn’t the end of their treatment cost. Once you have the insulin, the next cost you are going to have to keep in mind is the cost of needles and syringes. While this cost may not set you back, you still have to plan to spend upwards of $20 monthly just for them. If you have the chance, don’t hesitate to buy these in bulk.
Monitors and Testing Strips
Just as it is important to have blood sugar monitors and test strips for humans suffering from diabetes, the same holds true for dogs who suffer from the disease as well. The problem is, there are a variety of blood sugar monitors available on the market, and each one can vary in price depending on the brand. The same holds true for testing strips. Most of the time testing strips must match the brand of the blood sugar monitor in order to properly monitor blood sugar levels.
The cost for each of these items can range between $50 to upwards of $100 just for a monitor. The testing strips can also range between $10 to $20 a month, depending on the number of strips included in the package.
Diabetic Dog Food
The best way to manage canine diabetes aside from regular medication, is going to be diet. This handy post by PetFoodio.com breaks down what are the best diabetic dog food brands on the market today and offers a variety of choices, all meant to be beneficial for dogs who suffer from diabetes.
With that said, it is important to feed your dog a brand of food that has a high fiber content, while having low fat content. You also want to make sure the food is free from harmful grains and low in carbohydrates to avoid dangerous blood sugar spikes. Depending on the brand of diabetic dog food, you could be looking at a monthly cost ranging from $30 to $80 a month.
Routine Veterinary Visits
This is going to be the most expensive cost to treating your dog’s diabetes. With a diabetes diagnosis, you are most likely going to be visiting your veterinarian more often than you are used to. The importance of these visits is to ensure your dog’s blood sugar levels are under control and to ensure their medications are being administered at the appropriate dose.
Luckily, most vets offer discounts for frequent visits. It is always best to talk to your vet to see if they are willing to give you an exclusive discount since you will be paying them a visit more than usual.
Being the owner of a diabetic dog can be stressful enough without worrying about the cost associated with it. Don’t get me wrong, the cost of treating diabetes in dogs can add up quickly. However, with the proper planning and knowing exactly what to expect, you can better manage your dog’s diabetes diagnosis without worrying about running out of money in the process.