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Kevin Mueller said:

Why are the carboplatin treatment costs so widely variable...

Good question. Not sure ... aside from the  dosage (based on each dog's weight) varying costs may be determined by each facility's capabilities. We presume cancer centers that administer chemo regularly will offer better pricing for the drugs (which they probably stock in-house) than those which must special order chemotherapy mixes for each treatment.

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Amputation Costs

  • What city/state/country/date did your Tripawd have the amputation?  – Wilkes-Barre, PA, 9/8/10
  • Total cost of surgery?  – $2740 (including x-rays, 2-night hospital stay, and meds)
  • Private practice or teaching hospital?   – Private – Plains Animal Hospital

 

Chemotherapy Costs

  • What size is your dog?  – 67 lbs after having leg removed
  • Type of chemo given?  – Adriamycin
  • # of sessions?   – 6 planned
  • Total cost of treatments? – First treatment was $625, but that inlcuded chest x-rays/ultrasound, and meds.  Future sessions should be between $200-$300 each.
  • Private practice or teaching hospital?  Private – Plains Animal Hospital

 

We did not hesitate to make the choice for amputation, but laying awake the night before the surgery worried about how he'd do, there was a very,very, very small voice inside of me that wondered if spending almost $3000 on a dog over 13.5 yrs old was a fiscally responsible decision.  But, someone very wise said the following to me – After the 13 great years that Zack provided, he deserves it.  And, that put it all in perspective – he is worth every penny we spent/will spend and more!  And, seeing him come through the surgery and thrive is, as someone in a prior post said, priceless!

Zack, King of Dogs, 1996 to 2010

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The joy and memories he provided us will last a lifetime.

Surviving him is his sister, Izzy, a 12-year-old boxer mix quadpawd.
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Regarding chemotherapy costs it just depends on how much the drug is marked up as well as cost of supplies like IV catheters, etc.  It also depends if blood work is sent out or done in-house (CBC).  In general you would expect to pay a little more at the oncologist since you are paying for a specialist's time and experience.  My Tazzie was 185 pounds and I took her to the oncologist for her first carboplatin treatment since I had not used that drug before.  Even with a professional discount that first treatment cost $720 (she warned me it would be pricey!!).  When I did subsequent treatments myself they cost about $100 for drugs plus supplies.

It is well worth the extra cost to see a specialist if your private vet has not had experience giving chemo injections since you must know each drug and the possible side effects.  Some private practitioners do a lot with chemo so feel okay giving it so it never hurts to ask!

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tazziedog said:

Regarding chemotherapy costs it just depends on how much the drug is marked up as well as cost of supplies like IV catheters, etc.  It also depends if blood work is sent out or done in-house (CBC).  In general you would expect to pay a little more at the oncologist since you are paying for a specialist's time and experience.

That is excellent feedback Doc, thanks for the enlightenment, that totally makes sense.

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Amputation Costs

  • What city/state/country/date did your Tripawd have the amputation? San Mateo, CA July 21, 2010
  • Total cost of surgery? About $4000
  • Private practice or teaching hospital? Private

Chemotherapy Costs

  • What size is your dog? 80lbs
  • Type of chemo given? Carboplatin
  • # of sessions? 4 pre-amp, 1 post (every 4 weeks)
  • Total cost of treatments? About $4500 – Chemo $766/dose, Aredria (bone strengthening – preamp) $366/dose
  • Private practice or teaching hospital? Private

Honey's nickname "Honey Monster" changed to "Money Monster" – worth very penny.

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Thanks for the info! Keep 'em coming pawrents!

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Amputation Costs
  • What city/state/country/date did your Tripawd have the amputation?      Mill Valley, CA USA
  • Total cost of surgery?     $3500 (including medications, two nights care, etc) This is after a number of xrays, a needle biopsy & a tumor removal 6 motnhs or so earlier
  • Private practice or teaching hospital?    Private practice.

Chemotherapy Costs - I

I opted not to do chemo - Abby celebrated her 1 year ampuversary earlier this month...

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Amputation Costs

  • What city/state/country/date did your Tripawd have the amputation? Atlanta, GA
  • Total cost of surgery? $3,500?
  • Private practice or teaching hospital? Georgia Veterinary Services

Chemotherapy Costs

  • What size is your dog? 60 pounds (Golden Retriever)
  • Type of chemo given? Vinblastin drip, cytoxin pill
  • # of sessions? 8 - one a week for 8 weeks
  • Total cost of treatments? $1,400. ($175.00 each week - included blood work)
  • Private practice or teaching hospital? Hospital
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Amputation Costs

  • What city/state/country/date did your Tripawd have the amputation? Chicago, Ill  08/24/10
  • Total cost of surgery? $4000 (1 night in hosp/including pre-op abd US, no post op visits–removed staples/sutures at home)
  • Private practice or teaching hospital?  Private surgical practice
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Kirkland, WA

Total cost for rear leg amputation $3600 ( 1 night stay and 1 post-op visit)

Private practice

 

no chemo necessary

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Amputation Costs

  • What city/state/country/date did your Tripawd have the amputation?  Ft. Collins, CO
  • Total cost of surgery?                                                                            About $1800 (see notes below)
  • Private practice or teaching hospital?                                                      Colorado State University Teaching Hospital

Chemotherapy Costs

  • What size is your dog?                          86 pounds
  • Type of chemo given?                           Don't know yet if chemo will be needed.
  • # of sessions?
  • Total cost of treatments?
  • Private practice or teaching hospital?

Note: Dakota got into a clinical trial that discounted us more than $500. Also, the initial diagnostic cost would have been much higher if we had allowed a biopsy right off the bat. We declined since the hospital confirmed that the biopsy results would not change the treatment (amputation regardless). Keep in mind everyone already knew this was not osteosarcoma but rather a soft tissue sarcoma. Then, after getting into the trial, a biopsy was done without charge. I believe that many teaching hospitals (especially) are so used to pet owners wanting to do everything possible, and when we asked them to take a step back and explain what purpose the biopsy would serve, they really had no answer. This taught me that sometimes it's really quite all right to say "no" to some things. If chemo is advised, we may decline that as well. Dakota's happiness and joy in living are very important to me, and I'm not sure he would retain either if he had to do chemo. But I guess we will wait and see.

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Amputation Costs

  • What city/state/country/date did your Tripawd have the amputation?  Mount Pleasant , Iowa/10-26-2010
  • Total cost of surgery?                                                                            900.00 this was for two surgeries
  • Private practice or teaching hospital?                                                      private practice

Chemotherapy Costs

  • What size is your dog?                         117 pounds
  • Type of chemo given?                           Cooper is not having chemo.
  • # of sessions?
  • Total cost of treatments?                       
  • Private practice or teaching hospital?

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Amputation Costs

  • What city/state/country/date did your Tripawd have the amputation?  San Luis Obispo, Ca.    January 27, 2011
  • Total cost of surgery?   Amputation $ 3,200.00      Prescreening etc...... $ 1,500.00
  • Private practice or teaching hospital? Private -  Dr. Greg Marsolais, MS, DVM, DACVS came in from northern California to perform surgery as we do not have veterinary surgeons in our area.

 

Chemotherapy Costs

  • What size is your dog?  85 lbs.
  • Type of chemo given?   Do not have biopsy results back so no decision has been made.
  • # of sessions?
  • Total cost of treatments?
  • Private practice or teaching hospital
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  • What city/state/country/date did your Tripawd have the amputation?  Clinton, Tennessee Sept. 1 2010
  • Total cost of surgery?  $250 for amputation, $35 for x-rays, $50 pain meds and antibiotics (I work at the vet office, that is why I got such a good deal)
  • Private practice or teaching hospital?  Private

 

Chemotherapy Costs

  • What size is your dog? - Did not do chemo.
  • Type of chemo given?  
  • # of sessions?   
  • Total cost of treatments? 
  • Private practice or teaching hospital? 

I am very lucky to work at the clinic with wonderful vets that I have pretty much on call 24/7 and get a 50% discount.  But even without the discount it looks like surgery here is much cheaper than most other places.  Of course I am in the south so vet care is cheaper here in general.

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Amputation Costs

  • What city/state/country/date did your Tripawd have the amputation? Rohnert Park, CA, USA
  • Total cost of surgery? $6147 (Amputation $4338 (2 night stay) ; bone biopsy, cytology, xrays etc  $1809)
  • Private practice or teaching hospital? VCA Animal Care Center, Dr Lisa Alexander (we knew it would be expensive at this hospital but the surgeon is wonderful)

Chemotherapy Costs (TBD - will update if we go this route)

  • What size is your dog?
  • Type of chemo given?
  • # of sessions?
  • Total cost of treatments?
  • Private practice or teaching hospital?

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