The cost of treating a dog’s injuries–the kind from exercise — is not the least bit cheap.

It’s advised that you have a “dog injury fund” in a second bank account!

When it comes to how much it costs to treat dog injuries, it depends on several factors, says Dr. Jules Benson, BVSc, chief veterinary officer with NationwideDVM, a pet insurer company.

  • what diagnostics and treatment your veterinarian considers appropriate for the circumstance
  • whether there is any follow-up care, pre- or post-operative rehabilitation or complications
  • how large your dog is (larger dogs can cost considerably more for medications and surgical procedures)
  • and where you live – veterinary prices vary depending on state/area, and some procedures may only be available if you have a specialty veterinarian in your local area.”

Pet Insurance

Dr. Benson points out that a pet insurance plan will reimburse a percentage of the veterinay bill,  “minus a deductible – both of which are selected by the policyholder.”

The costs below reflect an average reimbursement for these conditions as of 2012.

Injuries in Dogs–How Much They Cost

Lameness: $478.80
Cruciate ligament tears: $2,107.31
Luxating patella: $1,262.61
Broken nail: $220.52
Lacerations/cuts: $314.99
Heat stroke: $1,168.43

When your dog is getting exercise, it can be difficult to prevent injuries.

Your dog can be bounding out in a field and step on something that sprains its leg or deeply cuts into a paw. It’s something that just might happen no matter how careful you are.

However, one of the injuries on that list can be prevented: heat stroke. Unless you and your dog are unexpectedly stranded in a desert, there is no reason for a dog to develop heat stroke.

For any physical activity on a hot day, bring plenty of water, and give it to your dog frequently throughout the activity, especially if it’s strenuous like a hike.

In the event that your dog sustains any of these injuries or some other injury via exercise (or some other origin), you should put aside some money every month for a treatment fund.

Even if it’s just $20, this will cover a broken nail in two years.

Dr. Benson is regularly consulted by many media outlets including ABC, NBC, FOX, The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times to provide pet health advice to pet parents nationwide. pupp
Lorra Garrick has been covering medical, fitness and cybersecurity topics for many years, having written thousands of articles for print magazines and websites, including as a ghostwriter. She’s also a former ACE-certified personal trainer.