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How much should it cost for a dog autopsy

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How much should it cost for a dog autopsy ?
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Gen B. replied 6 years ago.
Hello and thanks for researching your question.

Costs for necropsy depends a lot on what the vet needs to look for, how long it takes to find a suspected cause of death, and cost-of-living considerations where you live.

A visual inspection of the internal organs may take anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours to perform...the cost for this then type of exam might run twice-to-four times the vet's usual office examination. This basic examination of the internal organs might cost $90-300, depending on how long it takes for a probable cause of death to be identified.

But if samples of tissue or fluids need to be surgically obtained and sent to a laboratory or university for microscopic examination, analysis for toxic substances or culturing of infectious agents, additional charges for these inspections would be included in the final bill.

Your vet's office receptionist should be able to give you a printed estimate of charges for this service, so do not hesitate to ask. Giving estimates is a normal part of an office routine.

A pet's body should be refrigerated and never frozen before a necropsy is done...freezing the body damages organs and makes it impossible to say for sure what happened to cause a pet's death.

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