Rectal prolapse is the condition in which the rectum of a pup protrudes out of the body via the anus. It is possible for it to happen only once (acute rectal prolapse), on occasion, or it might become a chronic problem that persists over the dog’s whole life. Young dogs who are suffering from diarrhea as a result of intestinal worms will strain. This can lead to rectal prolapse.
Rectal prolapse can be cured easily by vets in the majority of cases.
Rectal prolapse is often treated by reduction or resection methods, which can range in price anywhere from $400 to $2200. Due to its simplicity and ease of repair with one purse-string suture, manual prolapse reduction costs less than resection. Additionally, incomplete rectal prolapse can cost around $400 to $800, while complete rectal prolapse can cost around $600 to $2200.
More about rectal prolapse treatment in dogs
In order to treat the rectal prolapse, the veterinarian will need to gently clean the region before repositioning it to where it was before the condition occurred. If the prolapse is bloated, different drugs or treatments may have to be used in order to get it back into place. Because a prolapse can be uncomfortable, mainly if it develops infected, it is often necessary to utilize sedation or anesthetic during the procedure.
If the prolapse can be repaired, the veterinarian may perform a procedure known as “purse-string suturing” on the anus to maintain a tiny hole and prevent the rectum from prolapsing once more. This is only a temporary remedy until your pet fully recovers. It is imperative that you do not allow your pet to chew the region around the suture until the suture has been removed, as this will reduce the risk of the suture coming loose before it can be removed. To guarantee that the rectal tissue recovers correctly, the patient may be discharged with an electric collar, antibiotics, and pain medicines.
Sometimes a rectal prolapse cannot be repaired because the tissue is in too poor of a condition or has been injured beyond repair. In these circumstances, surgery will be required to either remove the damaged tissue (which is medically referred to as a resection) or to tack the rectum into the abdomen wall (called a colopexy).
Factors affecting the cost of rectal prolapse dog treatment
Let’s take a more in-depth look at the components contributing to the total expense of treating a dog’s rectal prolapse.
1 – Rectal Prolapse Type:
- Incomplete rectal prolapse: This condition occurs when the rectum merely protrudes out of the anus at its most superficial level. An incomplete protrusion of the rectal sac can happen on an occasional basis and is more evident while the pup is defecating or making an effort to defecate. Poor rectal prolapse treatment should cost around $400 to $800.
- Complete rectal prolapse: This condition occurs when the whole rectum slides out of its normal position and protrudes through the anus. A dog with complete rectal prolapse will appear to have a red, inflamed tube protruding from their anus. Because it might prevent feces from passing, complete rectal prolapse poses a significant risk to a dog’s health. This is a difficult situation requiring immediate medical attention, costing around $600 to $2200.
2 – Your Location
The prices that a veterinarian in your region will charge for consultations, procedures, and other services will determine how much money you will have to pay for your pet’s veterinary care. It is reasonable to assume that the cost of veterinary care will be more expensive if you reside in a region with a higher overall cost of living.
3 – Pre-surgical procedures and preparatory actions
A diagnosis needs to be performed before you can make arrangements for your dog to undergo any surgical procedure. You will need to take your dog to the vet for an initial check-up for rectal prolapse, preliminary diagnostic testing, and bloodwork to get a complete picture of the overall condition of your dog’s health.
Does pet insurance cover the rectal prolapse dog treatment cost?
Certain insurance companies for pets could pay for the treatment of rectal prolapse; however, this will rely on several factors, including whether or not the pet has a pre-existing ailment or a chronic condition.
If your pet insurance doesn’t cover the full cost, or if you don’t have dog insurance, count on paying the full price, which can be $400 to $2200.
The most common treatments for rectal prolapse are reduction and resection; the cost of these procedures can range anywhere from $400 to $2200. In addition, an incomplete rectal prolapse can range anywhere from $400 to $800, while a complete prolapse can range anywhere from $600 to $2200.