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    Default Animal Autopsy (necropsy) Cost for a Large Dog

    Hi, would anyone know how much an animal autopsy (necropsy) would generally cost for a large dog(Rottweiler)?

    and would it be reliable 2-3 days after death (he was frozen a couple of hours after he died) to determine if he was poisoned. I'm located in Adelaide.

    Thanks

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    I cant help, but I give you my best regards, and may your angel rest in peace

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    Every vet differs in their pricing structure.

    You could be looking at a low amount of around $100 if it is a straight-forward autopsy with the results found by the verterinarian performing the autopsy.

    However, if the laboratory needs to do testing of any sort, the price goes up, determined on what tests required etc.

    Your best bet is to call your local vet, or several, and get a quote but also make sure you converse with them re the frozen body etc.

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    I'm no help at all. Just very sorry to hear of your loss.

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    I paid just under $200 for a snake last year and from what I am told it is actually better to place the deceased animal in a fridge not a freezer.
    Sorry I couldnt be of more help, maybe ring around to find out pricing?

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    Cheers guys, might call around tomorrow and see how it goes.
    Thanks also for the condolences

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    That's horrible. No idea what an autopsy costs either. They might be able to detect some poisons via blood sample which might cost less, so be specific with the vet about what you want to look for first - I guess - and any limit on how much you want to spend. They might say something like if it's ratsack - bloodtest will show, if it shows clear - then what do you want to do - not that this is the case - I'm just guessing. Do you want to look for natural causes too? also discuss with vet.

    Do you have some reason for thinking your dog may have been poisoned? Had you received threats or complaints? Is it something has happened to other people you know in the area?

    I'm in Adelaide too, and my back fence is on a laneway that anyone could walk down so I sometimes worry that some dog hating person would do that to us.

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    I gave some local vet receptions a call and got quoted up to $1000 for an autopsy. They also mentioned that most of the time it might not be possible to find a cause. When I got a receptionist to ask my vet, he mentioned around $300 but the price would rise per hour and he was unsure of how long it would last. A number of receptionist also mentioned it would also be difficult to collect blood samples as the blood had already pooled.

    My initial reaction when I found him was that he was poisined since we found him laying on the pavement and he had some blood coming out from one eye. The day before he was very puppy like and playful and didn't show any signs of weakness or being ill. I suspected one of my neighbours at first since they weren't very fond of dogs barking. Another neighbour had kids who often teased our dogs and I thought about the possibility of them feeding him chocolate since he would eat just about anything thrown at him.

    He also showed some slight signs of being ill but they were very subtle. A week earlier I found him shaking on a warm sunny day for a few hours, but he soon became better that night. I remember at one stage he didn't want to eat which was strange since he always had a healthy appetite. This was a few weeks ago. Another time I recalled finding a thick sticky blood like substance in the front yard but was unsure if it belonged to my dog or someone else's a couple of months earlier. He was also vaccinated every year. I'm also wondering if he fell asleep on the pavement since sleeping on the ground can draw out body heat pretty fast on a cold night. Rottweilers like all other dogs rarely show you any pain, even when they are hurting inside. I guess its a natural survival instinct.

    In the end I opted for a private cremation without any autopsies done as the thought of him being dissected was too much at the time. When he passed away he was around 10 years and one month old which I later found is quite old for a Rottweiler.

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    Thanks for the update.
    May he RIP.
    My thoughts are with you.

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    I understand your pain, I understand your want for answers.

    I felt very similar when I woke up to find my dog of all dogs dead, curled up in her bed.

    There had been no evidence that she was ill or had been ill. Just the night before she had been for a walk, eaten her tea and had stood at the gate and watched me as she usually did when I drove SD to her dance thingy.

    When I phone my ex-husband to let him know she'd died I said I was going to get an autopsy done, and something he said stopped me. "What if you find out it was something you did or missed, how long are you going to beat yourself up about it".

    So I didn't.

    When some months later I spoke to a vet they told me for it to be that sudden it was either the heart or the brain. And the autopsy could of gone on cost wise to get the right answer because they didn't have a starting point (a prior illness).

    It's not to say I wouldn't consider it again if another dog died suddenly but...

    I hope you'll be ok and I'm terribly sorry for your loss.

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