Length of Treatment and Costs for Anemia in a Dog
The length of a course of treatment for anemia depends on the cause and severity of the condition. According to Dr. Denish, many cases of anemia are acute; that is, they come on suddenly and once the underlying problem is addressed, the anemia will resolve.
“The only cases that are usually treated long term occur with the destruction process or with production problems,” says Dr. Denish. “Some animals definitely have these issues and we treat them with medicines for three to six months. In cases of cancer or kidney failure, the animal doesn’t produce enough red blood cells. So there are diseases that have long term implications and animals might become chronically anemic.”
Treatments for severe or chronic anemia can be very costly. Transfusions are done in a hospital—a single treatment can cost several hundred dollars. Often, such treatments can involve an extended hospital stay or surgery with a cost that may run into the thousands.
If the anemia is acute, and caused by something like an ingestion of rat poison, then it often can be treated with medicine for a few hundred dollars. Costs will vary depending on the severity of anemia, where you live, and whether you had to take your dog to a late night emergency vet (amongst other potential factors).