If your dog has been diagnosed with a heart murmur and you don’t have adequate insurance in place, then the costs of dog heart murmur treatment can soon mount up. My friend was recently in this exact same position where they didn’t have pre-existing insurance and so had to pay out large amounts of money to treat the condition.
I asked my friend how much the dog heart murmur treatment cost and also did some research in both the UK and United States to find out what you can expect to pay. Here’s what I discovered.
How much does dog heart murmur treatment cost? The cost of treatment for a dog with a heart murmur will vary wildly depending on factors such as the dog’s age, health, grade of heart murmur and recommended treatment. It could be a few $100 dollars or thousands.
So why the disparity in cost?
Well it all boils down the diagnosis and testing, followed by the actual treatment itself.
Dog heart murmur testing costs
For example, the dog will first need to be tested for a heart murmur. This can either be done using a stethoscope or medical imaging using equipment such as MRIs, X-rays, or ultrasound.
Here are some sample prices for both the UK and United States that I found.
- Blood test: £90 in the UK / $120 in the US
- Heartworm test: £80 in the UK / $100 in the US
- Chest x-ray: £400 in the UK / $500 in the US
- Electrocardiogram (ECG): £300 in the UK / $380 in the US
- Echocardiogram (ultrasound exam): £300 in the UK / $380 in the US
- Blood pressure tests: £60 in the UK / $80 in the US
Dog heart murmur treatment costs
Once your dog has been diagnosed with a heart murmur, the next cost will be the actual treatment itself if that has been recommended by your vet. And this is where it gets hard to put a cost on the treatment; the reality is, the cost will be dependent on the type of drug your vet prescribes and how often it will need to be administered.
For example, in the UK I found that Tesco Insurance said heart murmur treatment could cost £246.23 – and I assume that was a monthly fee although it wasn’t completely clear.
In the United States I found a vet’s blog which quoted the following:
“An echo in my area of the Baltimore Washington area is about $600. Heart medications for my sister’ dog is about $20 a month.”
As you can see, there’s a huge disparity in cost here.
My friend was paying £100 a month for her dog’s heart murmur treatment, and her boy was on medication for a grade 4 murmur.
Here’s an overview of the different grades:
- Grade 1: This is a very soft and quiet murmur that is almost undetectable.
- Grade 2: This is a soft murmur that can be easily heard by a vet.
- Grade 3: This is a low to moderate noise.
- Grade 4: This is a moderate to loud noise.
- Grade 5: This will be loud enough to make your dog’s chest vibrate.
- Grade 6: This can be heard without listening directly on the chest wall.
In conclusion there is no set cost that you can expect to pay for dog heart murmur treatment. I wish I could have given you something more accurate, but it’s entirely down to how serious the condition is and what medication is prescribed.
My advice would be to make sure you have adequate insurance in place before the event. You cannot insure a dog with a heart murmur as it’s a pre-existing condition.