Poor Sid Vicious! He's a mixed breed dog that needed an emergency visit to the vet for gastroenteritis. Here are the costs involved with a 3 day, 2 night stay in the intensive care unit.

DATE ITEM COVERED CHARGES
4/2/2011 Emer Exam $72.44
4/2/2011 ER Nova Stat Profile $24.66
4/2/2011 Emer Services $15.41
4/2/2011 Rads -Abdomen $109.94
4/2/2011 Emer Services $41.10
4/2/2011 Primary Care Giardia Snap Test $31.85
4/2/2011 US/SA Abdomen $205.50
4/2/2011 Emer Services Special Procedures $51.38
4/2/2011 Parvo Test Kit $25.69
4/2/2011 A/C Drugs and Supplies $38.63
4/2/2011 Metronidazole x 4 $4.88
4/2/2011 Maropitant Inj $23.78
4/3/2011 ER Hosp Services $20.55
4/2/2011 ICU Hosp $72.70
4/3/2011 Waste $5.65
4/3/2011 Venipuncture-Proc/Supplies $11.30
4/3/2011 IV Pump $6.17
4/3/2011 Drugs and Supplies $13.10
4/3/2011 US/SA Abdomen Recheck $165.43
4/3/2011 Emer Services Special Procedures $51.38
4/3/2011 Rads -Abdomen Recheck $89.39
4/4/2011 ER Hosp  $25.69
4/4/2011 ER Hosp Services $20.55
4/4/2011 ER Level 1 $30.00
4/4/2011 Fluid Pump $6.17
Total   $1,163.34

You can see the veterinarians had to rule out a variety of conditions using various diagnostic tests, some of which had to be repeated:

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A large proportion of the Embrace Pet Insurance gastrointestinal claims are classed as colitis, which means inflammation of the large intestine (aka colon).

What does colitis look like?

  • bloody or “slimy” diarrhea with mucus 
  • abdominal pain
  • vomiting (especially in cats)
  • weight loss (especially in cats)
  • dehydration (especially if the diarrhea is very watery)
  • lethargy (tiredness)

Colitis is the result of a condition, not the cause of it, so when veterinarians are faced with a case of colitis, she'll treat the cause as best she can, not just the symptoms.

For example, colitis caused by parasites such as whipworms is treated with parasiticides, whereas colitis caused by eating something a dog shouldn't such as garbage is treated with antibiotics and a bland diet.

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Here's a guest post from Dr. Rex Riggs on the topic of dog chews - the ones sourced from animal body parts that aren't used for other purposes. Dr. Rex Riggs is the owner of Best Friends Veterinary Hospital in Powell, Ohio. He is a veterinarian, and an Advisory Board member of Embrace Pet Insurance.


>622002_hair_of_the_dog Bully sticks, pig’s ears, cow hooves, marrow bones, rawhides and antlers.  Sounds like a yummy smorgasbord for your dog, doesn’t it?  I bet many of you use these treats to satisfy your dog’s chewing and keeping them occupied; but should you?  Have you ever given deep thought to these animal “pieces parts” that we give to our pets??

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Pepe-WilliamScheibner1 Yup, it's that time again to talk about tummy rumbles, digestive mishaps, and even a bit of diet advice.

As a cat mom, I always think of that awful gagging sound a cat makes when she coughs up furballs oh-so-politely on your best cushion or worse. And there's that regurgitated recently-eaten mouse presented at the foot of your bed for your admiration...

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