Wouldn’t it be great if we could look into a crystal ball and see into the future?
Our pets are family and if they break as owners, we need to be aware that it can be very expensive. https://www.rspcapetinsurance.org.au/pet-care/pet-ownership/cost-of-pet-ownership
Cost constraints and the ability to pay can sometimes determine the level of care your dog receives. As a guide, the average cost* of IVDD surgery including aids & therapies for an IVDD hound can be up to an eye-watering $15,000!
So, let’s break it down and help you be prepared for the unknown.
- Pet Insurance – Comprehensive policy https://ivdd.org.au/owners-pet-insurance/
- Self-saving– popping a set amount away each month in an untouchable account.
- Payment Plans – when an emergency occurs you can spread the cost out over time. (See links below)
- Having cash on hand – e.g.: re-draw on the mortgage.
It is heartbreaking hearing the stories from owners and also vets/specialists when their hounds are faced with uncertain futures. Ultimately, it’s up to you how you manage the medical care of your Dachshund, but please remember statistically their backs are fragile and 1:4 is affected at some stage during their lifetime.
*Data taken from a survey of owners on DISA’s Support Forum 2021. Prices do vary from State to State.