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I'll be happy to provide this. I have the info at home, so will fill it in later on today.

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I never filled this out so here is my info for Mackenzie:

 

Amputation Costs

  • What city/state/country/date did your Tripawd have the amputation? Vetinarian Cancer Group, Culver City CA (Los Angeles) on Nov 3, 2009
  • Total cost of surgery? $4200 range
  • Private practice or teaching hospital?  Private Practice

Chemotherapy Costs

  • What size is your dog? 80lbs
  • Type of chemo given?  Carboplatin
  • # of sessions?  5 sessions
  • Total cost of treatments? Est. $700 per treatment = $3750 total
  • Private practice or teaching hospital? Private Practice

     If you would like to know the costs of the cytaxin and palladia (very expensive!) just let me know.

Kami

My sweet golden Mackenzie.  She became my angel on Dec 29, 2010 at the age of 8 1/2  although she was always my angel from the time we brought her home.  She was diagnosed with osteosarcoma in Sept 2009 and officially became a tripawd (front leg) on Nov 5, 2009.  She will be forever in my heart and now she's running free with all of our other tripawd heroes.  I love you Mackenzie!

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Amputation Costs

  • What city/state/country/date did your Tripawd have the amputation? Wesley Chapel (North Tampa), FL
  • Total cost of surgery? Biopsy and pathology: $1,000, Amputation: $2400, Total: $3500 + extra for pain meds, NSAIDs, x-rays, etc...
  • Private practice or teaching hospital? Private practice... Wesley Chapel Veterinary Hospital

Angel Jake and Wolfie's Mom

Jake, 10yr old golden retriever (fractured his front right leg on 9/1, bone biopsy revealed osteosarcoma on 9/10, amputation on 9/17) and his family Marguerite, Jacques and Wolfie, 5yr old german shepherd and the newest addition to the family, Nala, a 7mth old Bengal mix kittie. Jake lost his battle on 11/9/2009, almost 8 weeks after his surgery. We will never forget our sweet golden angel… http://jakesjou.....ipawds.com ….. CANCER SUCKS!

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Amputation Costs

  • What city/state/country/date did your Tripawd have the amputation?  New Albany, IN  March 2, 2010
  • Total cost of surgery?

           - Initial biopsy ("Punch" biopsy) - $95 (original vet)

           - Blood work/buffy coat analysis and chest x-rays - $300 (new vet)

           - Abdominal ultra sound and biopsy of spleen and liver - $750 (overly priced clinic in Louisville, KY way-confused)

           - Amputation - $850 (new vet)

           - Misc pain meds, prednisone, etc  from time of diagnosis to present (5 months) - about $200-300 (new vet)

  • Private practice or teaching hospital?  All private practices

No chemo, doing a homeopathic cancer protocol.  Total Cost over 5 months - about $350.  Expected cost over next year - about $250 (high estimate). 

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Amputation Costs
  • What city/state/country/date did your Tripawd have the amputation?  New York City, NY July 19, 2010
  • Total cost of surgery?  

           – Initial aspiration and leg xrays approx.  and blood work $600 (local vet)

           -  Biopsy and chest xrays approx. $800 (local vet)

           –  CT scan and abdominal ultrasound and consultations with specialiist at teaching hospital approx $3000

           --  Follow up CT and minimally invasive surgical remove of thymoma -- teaching hospital approx. $3000 with 2 night stay

           –  Amputation, 2 night/3 day hospital stay, follow up visit for stitches removal, all meds   – $3500

           Private practice or teaching hospital?  Both. 

 

Surgery "curative" no follow up chemo or radiation.  Estimate for definitive radiation was approx. twice the cost of amputation (though not the basis for our decision)

 

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Amputation Costs

  • What city/state/country/date did your Tripawd have the amputation? St. Paul, MN at the University of Minnesota (Skol Vikings and Go Gophers!) on June 11, 2010.
  • Total cost of surgery? $2,365 included two nights, harness and pain meds. Getting to that point (x-rays and exams) was another $1,000.
  • Private practice or teaching hospital? Teaching hospital (part of the pre-surgery costs was at a private practice)

Chemotherapy Costs

  • What size is your dog? 108 lbs at surgery, 98 lbs after surgery, 93.6 lbs right now.
  • Type of chemo given? Carboplatin
  • # of sessions? 3 so far, looking at doing 6.
  • Total cost of treatments? About $400 a session (would be about $500 at the U of M). This includes exam and CBC (does NOT include any of my constant neurotic requests for x-rays, aspiration of existing lumps, or medication for nausea, antacids, NSAIDs, antibiotics).
  • Private practice or teaching hospital? Private practice.

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Amputation Costs

  • What city/state/country/date did your Tripawd have the amputation? West Salem, Ohio  April 7, 2010
  • Total cost of surgery? 2 sets x-rays $125, Biopsy w/meds $425, Surgery w/meds $450,  4 extra months with Gus, PRICELESS 
  • Private practice or teaching hospital? Private 

Chemotherapy Costs

  • What size is your dog? 110 lbs
  • Type of chemo given? cytoxin w/doycyline and mushrooms, prednisone
  • # of sessions?
  • Total cost of treatments?  $200
  • Private practice or teaching hospital? private                                                                                          

My buddy Gus had a left front amputation on April 7, 2010 and lived a great life until July 26,2010

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For Chloe
  • What city/state/country/date did your Tripawd have the amputation? Manhattan Beach, CA 7/29/10
  • Total cost of surgery? $2500 (2 night stay and meds)
  • Private practice or teaching hospital? private

Note: pre diagnosis cost was $350 bringing total cost to ~$2850

-Chloe's mom

Chloe became a rear amp tripawd on 7-29-10. Another tumor was removed on front leg 2-20-14. Found 3rd tumor on neck 2-2015, but she's still kicking cancer's butt at age 14. Chloe's blog

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Amputation Costs

    •    What city/state/country/date did your Tripawd have the amputation?  Singapore, Singapore 04 October 2008

    •    Total cost of surgery?  USD$3400 including 4 nights stay,post-op xrays and biopsy sent to UK cancer unit for 2nd opinion,

Pre-amputation costs: $1700 for tests, xrays and initial biopsy

    •    Private practice or teaching hospital?  Private Practice (Companion Animal Surgery)

 

Chemotherapy Costs

    •    What size is your dog?  84lbs

    •    Type of chemo given? Carboplatin

    •    # of sessions? 6

    •    Total cost of treatments? $4000 ($640 per treatment)

Lab work every week between treatments is $110. Chest xrays every 2-3 months– $140

    •    Private practice or teaching hospital? Private practice

"A dog is the only thing in the world that loves you more than he loves himself."

OSA in left hind leg–30 August 2008. Ampuversary–4 October 2008.

Titus earned his wings on 15th July 2010.

He is dearly missed and our love lives on.

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Amputation Costs

  • What city/state/country/date did your Tripawd have the amputation? July 23, 2010 -  Puyallup, Washington
  • Total cost of surgery? $1463.10. Pre-Amp diagnosis and x-rays and meds  $566.10 so....about  $2000
  • Private practice or teaching hospital? Private

Chemotherapy Costs

  • What size is your dog? 90+ pounds
  • Type of chemo given? Carboplatin
  •  *****New Pawrents please note Carboplatin is now generic and the price has dropped significantly!!!!****
  • # of sessions? one so far 5 more to go?
  • Total cost of treatments? 1st treatment was ONLY $142.00
  • Private practice or teaching hospital? Private

 

JD

One Tough Girl

(1999-2010)

-Diagnosed with osteosarcoma of her left front leg –

-Amputation July 23 2010 –

-The cancer didn't get her, but she is gone-

-She fought the cancer and loved life till bloat brought her down August 29th, 2010-

Now she watches over her mom and two new sisters, the Quad-Paws Serena and Maya

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Amputation Costs

  • What city/state/country/date did your Tripawd have the amputation? August 4, 2010 –  Seattle, Washington
  • Pre-Amp diagnosis, leg x-ray (digital), and meds (regular vet)  – $258.05
  • Pre-Amp consultation with oncologist, chest x-rays, and fentanyl patch – $594.44
  • Total cost of surgery - $1,261.99.
  • Private practice or teaching hospital? Private

Chemotherapy Costs

  • What size is your dog? 8.5 pounds
  • Type of chemo given? Carboplatin
  • # of sessions? one so far
  • Total cost of treatments? 1st treatment was $278.10 (included CBC blood draw)
  • Weekly CBC blood draw (regular vet) – $71.16
  • Private practice or teaching hospital? Private

James the poodle had his left front leg amputated due to osteosarcoma on Aug. 4, 2010.  He is currently doing chemo.

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Initial Diagnosis & Consultation

  •  What city/state/country/date did your Tripawd have this initial diagnosis & pre-treatment consulation/tests? –  Maple Valley, Wa 8/23/10
  • Total cost? – $2000.00 + 1200.00 for hospitalization for 3 days after leg fractured.
  • Private practice or teaching hospital? – Private practice

Amputation Costs

  • What city/state/country/date did your Tripawd have the amputation? –Kirkland, Wa 8/30/10
  • Total cost of surgery? – $3400.00
  • Private practice or teaching hospital? – Private Practice

Chemotherapy Costs

  • What size is your dog? – 100 lbs pre-amputation
  • Type of chemo given? -  Carboplatin
  • # of sessions? –6  
  • Total cost of treatments? $200.00 per session

Diagnosed with osteosarcoma in the right front leg 8/23/10,

leg fractured 8/27/10,

leg amputated 8/30/10

http://sammyand.....pawds.com/

 

I couldn't begin to say how special Sammy is to us.  Living and laughing with and loving this wonderful boy is priceless.

Zaks mom
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Those seem to be pretty avg costs. Each situation is a little different. It's btwn $2500- 4000 all together down here in pricey Southern Cali at the place we went to.. w/ a top notch surgeon. (private facility)

I opted to not have a leg pathology done since I had a biopsy performed. I would not do a biopsy in the future tho. It only caused Zak pain & it was uneccasary. Xrays were enough to diagnose the cancer. I still feel horrible that I put Zak thru that.

Jenna & Zak

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Amputation Costs

  • What city/state/country/date did your Tripawd have the amputation?  - Salt Lake City, Utah.  September 2010
  • Total cost of surgery?  - $3400 (including pathology on leg and growth on ear that turned out to be nothing)
  • Private practice or teaching hospital?   - private.  http://www.avcslc.net

 

Chemotherapy Costs

  • What size is your dog?  - Circa 68 lbs after amputation.
  • Type of chemo given?  - Carboplatin
  • # of sessions?   - 4 to 6.  6 sessions planned if all is going well.
  • Total cost of treatments? - Session #1 is less than 2 days from now, but they estimate cost to be $410 - $425 "per visit" ($2,500 total predicted cost for 6 carboplatin sessions)
  • Private practice or teaching hospital?  private.

I have a question: Why are the carboplatin treatment costs so widely variable from location to location (excluding dog size)?

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