The first dog surgery in the UK could cost as little as £3.25, according to a new report from the UK’s biggest dog hospital.
The Royal Veterinary College (RVC) said that the surgery, which is currently being conducted in the city of Plymouth, was costing around £3 per procedure.
This could save a dog’s life, the charity said.
The NHS, which covers around 30,000 animals and has a fleet of more than 200,000 surgical instruments, has said that dogs could soon have the ability to undergo a more cost-effective surgery.
In a statement, RVC said: “The number of dogs currently undergoing surgery is set to exceed 1 million by 2020.”
A number of studies are currently underway into the safety and effectiveness of surgical techniques to improve the health of dogs.
“However, the cost per operation is not yet clear and it is likely that it will be between £3 and £3 to £4 per operation.”
There are currently over 500,000 dogs undergoing surgery in Britain, and it would be unrealistic to expect to be able to cover the entire cost of this procedure.
“The hospital, which has a long-term contract with the NHS, is in talks with veterinary surgeons to increase the number of surgeries it performs, according the BBC.”
We believe this is an achievable target and are working closely with our partners in the veterinary sector to make sure that this is possible,” RVC chief executive Mark Williams said in a statement.
The RVC, which was set up by the late Sir Alfred Northrop Fryer in 1891, is the largest provider of surgery in England.
Its patients include more than 2,000 breeds including Labradors, Shetland Sheepdogs, Chihuahuas, Bull Terriers, Cattle Dogs, Dobermans, Irish Setters, Pinschers, Golden Retrievers, Bulldogs and Yorkshire Terriers.”
With our extensive network of specialist vets and our world-class equipment, we are proud to be a leading veterinary surgical centre in the country,” the statement added.