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Nitro 11 1/2  yr old Doberman; right front amp June 2014. Had 6 doses carboplatin, followed by metronomic therapy. Rocked it on 3 legs for over 3 years! My Warrior beat cancer, but couldn't beat old age. He crossed the Bridge peacefully on July 25, 2017, with dignity and on his terms.  Follow his blog entitled "Doberman's journey"

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Sessy is 11 and was 54 lbs before amputation.

UC Davis quoted me $3500-$5500 for amputation of her leg.  Not sure if there is a difference between front or back legs..... Sessy's was a back leg.  Unfortunately they couldn't get me in for three weeks, and I was to scared to wait that long.  I ended up going to a wonderful private animal hospital called Sage that has several hospitals in the San Francisco Bay Area.  Sage was able to get Sessy in for surgery in 2 days.  Unfortunately the cost of amputation at Sage was $6200. This was the midrange of their quote and included 2 nights.  I think they usually only keep them overnight one night, but Sessy is a greyhound and they are prone to bleeding problems after surgery, so I requested an additional night.

For Sessy's chemo I went back to UC Davis since it is 15 mins from my house.  Sessy has had four chemo treatments,and I plan on doing 2 more.  Her chemo is every 4 weeks instead of 3 due to low WBC on the 3 week mark.  Her treatments depending on what other tests they run are $400-$600.

I decided to not look at any of other miscellaneous bills to slightly lower the chances of giving myself a heart attack.😬🐶🐶❤️

I would do it all again!!

Gayle - mom of beautiful greyhound Sessy.  Sessy diagnosed with osteosarcoma on 12/26/16, left back leg amputated on 1/2/17.  Feline siblings Mooshe, Tinkerdude, Odie and Bean

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Thanks for sharing these details Gayle, it's so helpful. What a difference in price from when Jerry had his amp at UC Davis. It was around $1800 if I recall correctly. SAGE is a great clinic though, we always hear great things about them. 

And I agree, do whatever it takes to keep your stress level low and everypawdy's hoppy.

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Amputation Costs

  • What city/state/country/date did you Tripawd have the amputation? Cart, North Carolina 3/24/17
  • Total cost of surgery? $900 pre-op biopsy, xray and diagnosis at oncologist & $2,000 for surgery to remove left rear leg. All meds, 1 night stay and on call support for post op. Total - 2,900.  (Quotes from oncologist and teaching hospital were 3,500-5,000 for surgery alone). 
  • Private Practice or Teaching Hospital? Private Practice- Quartet Veterinarian Referral Specialists and emergency hospital.

Chemotherapy Costs N/A

  • What size is your dog? 46 pounds period
  • Age: 11 years and 10 months.  Goal is 12 + years on 5/25/17. 
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Amputation Costs

  • What city/state/country/date did your Tripawd have the amputation? Washington, D.C.
  • Total cost of surgery? 1,509.00
  • Private practice or teaching hospital? Private Practice: Friendship Hospital for Animals

Chemotherapy Costs

  • What kind of cancer does your dog have? Mast Cell Tumor
  • What size is your dog? 50lbs before amputation, about 44lbs now
  • Type of chemo given? Palladia (oral 3x a week for 6 months)
  • # of sessions? 72
  • Total cost of treatments? $7,650 ($1,250 each month to get full body scans, e.g., xrays, ultrasounds, etc. and re-up on chemo); We still go for scans once every 3 months, even though he's no longer on chemo. I did not include that in the total above--but it costs roughly the same for each visit.
  • Private practice or teaching hospital? Private Practice: Friendship Hospital for Animal
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Amputation Costs

  • What city/state/country/date did your Tripawd have the amputation? Los Angeles, CA. 
  • Total cost of surgery? $2,279.00 Includes all the fees related to surgery, no complications encountered. Personal vet did initial biopsy
  • Private practice or teaching hospital? Animal Specialty Group (referral facility)

Chemotherapy Costs

  • What kind of cancer does your dog have? Melanoma third digit right foot subungual
  • What size is your dog?  75 lbs
  • Type of chemo given? Not decided...will be Oncept (immunotherapy vaccine)
  • # of sessions? 4 plus booster
  • Total cost of treatments? $3500
  • Private practice or teaching hospital? Animal Specialty Group
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Amputation Costs - 
What city/state/country/date did your Tripawd have the amputation?       Aurora, Illinois  in June 2017
Total cost of surgery?      $3200 (included 2 nights in ICU, did not include pain meds, antibiotics or gabapentin)

Private practice or teaching hospital?     Private practice
Chemotherapy Costs -     Avg. $450 per treatment (includes ECG, blood tests and chemo, does not include nausea or diarrhea meds or chest X-rays at #3 and #6)
What kind of cancer does your dog have?      Osteosarcoma
What size is your dog?       17 lbs (18 lbs prior to surgery)
Type of chemo given?      Adriamycin (doxorubicin)
# of sessions?      4 to 6 treatments (2 completed as of 8/2/17)
Total cost of treatments?      $3200 (6 chemo sessions, 1 zoledronate treatment prior to amputation)
Private practice or teaching hospital?       Private practice

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Amputation cost:    

Rochester, NY / July 2017

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$1700 included 2 night hospitalization,  go home meds with exception of meds needed from Human pharmacy

$400 Diagnostics

60# dog

Chondrosarcoma 

No Chemotherapy 

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Amputation Costs

  • What city/state/country/date did your Tripawd have the amputation?  Brooklyn, NY 
  • Total cost of surgery?  $4,000 (incl 2 night stay and first round of meds to take home)
  • Private practice or teaching hospital?  V.E.R.G. (Veterinary Emergency and Referral Group)

Chemotherapy Costs 

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- Fibrosarcoma

- 45 pounds

- 11.5 years old

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