Affordable pet MRI
August 5, 2012 4:09 PM Subscribe
How to afford MRI/Spinal Tap procedure for a dog (in northeast US). Need to make decision in next 12 hours.
posted by lapidus to pets & animals (28 answers total)
Our loved dog (4 yrs old, king charles spaniel) has had multiple seizures since this morning. We have her in a relatively stable condition at an animal hospital in NYC, however, tomorrow we will have to decide between two very difficult choices: either to go through with an MRI/Spinal Tap procedure which will require several days of hospitalization and will cost at least $5,000 to start - or to put her to sleep.
The emotional side of this decision notwithstanding, we are trying to get as much information as possible. While we do not want her to suffer more than she needs to, she is still relatively young for her breed, this is her first seizure, so we also want to make sure we have done everything we could before making this decision.
In an ideal world, we would at least have the possibility of running these tests, which according to our doctor will allow them to decide if this is caused by an infection that could be handled with antibiotics and other treatment - or if this is an inflammation affecting the brain, in which case the condition has much lower possibility of treatment or recovery.
So we approach the hive mind with the following question - are there places in NYC, Boston or the US Northeast that can possibly offer an MRI or Spinal Tap procedure for a dog at an affordable cost? So far, through the Humane Society in New York, we were referred to ASPCA, which we will call tomorrow morning. Some googling also came up with the possibility of doing the procedures at a medical school or lab, but so far we have been unable to get any specifics.
Will appreciate any response.