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Thanks all so much, this has been very helpful. I know we have to make a decision sooner rather than later, but its been very difficult and exhausting.  I’ll keep you all posted.  Thanks again for all the support. I love this dog, and don’t want to see him in pain.

Thanks again

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There is a what did you pay thread somewhere on this site – the prices vary a lot based on where you live, what type of facility you go to, how long the dog stays at the facility, etc.   Maybe run a search to find it?

Otis - 106 pound lab/Dane mix, lost his right front leg to osteosarcoma on Febuary 9, 2016.  Four rounds of carboplatin completed in April, 2016.  Lung mets August 25, 2016.  Said goodbye too soon on September 4, 2016.   Lost his adopted sister, Tess, suddenly on October 9, 2016. likely due to hemangiosarcoma.  

Wherever they are, they are together.

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Here is the thread Christine mentioned: Costs of Amputation and Chemotherapy for Dogs, What Did You Pay?

The thread was started in 2010 but has been updated periodically, obviously the more recent posts will be more applicable for comparison.


Tri-pug Maggie survived a 4.5 year mast cell cancer battle only to be lost to oral melanoma.

1999 to 2010


              Maggie's Story                  Amputation and Chemo

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Murphy was 7 when he had his surgery, he’s 10 1/2 now.  It was about $2500 at a Michigan State University.  There’s not a day that goes by that we regret having the surgery.  He was limping for over 5 months before he had it.  Everyone who meets Murphy comments that he seems like the happiest dog!  He always looks like he’s smiling big-grin And, actually, there’s a few members on here who can attest to that since they just met him in person last weekend.


Donna, Glenn & Murphy

Murphy had his right front leg amputated due to histiocytic sarcoma at 7 years old.  He survived 4 years, 2 months & 1 week, only to be taken by hemangiosarcoma at 11 1/2 years 6/12/17  


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Hi Miles and family❤️🐾

My girl Eurydice is a Great Dane who lost her right front leg to osteosarcoma 4 1/2 months ago.

Like you, we were devastated at the thought of her loosing her leg but we moved forward within less than a week from initial diagnosis because osteo is horrendously painful and her cancer is extremely aggressive. 

No regrets whatsoever.

She is doing really well and has surprised us with her resilience and determination to keep being happy no matter what.

The first couple of weeks were very difficult but after stitches came out she got better and better every day.

Sending you a cloud ☁️ of pawsitive energy and big cuddles to Miles 🐶🐾🐾🐾

Eurydice 77kg/170lb Great Dane limping end of April 2016, amputation (right front leg/osteosarcoma) 4 May 2016 6 courses of carboplatin followed by metronomic therapy, lung mets found 30 Nov 2016. 3 courses of doxorubicin, PET scan 26 Jan 2017 showed more mets so stopped chemo. Holistic route April 2017. Lung X-ray 5 May 2017 showed several tennis ball size mets, started cortisone and diuretics. Miss Cow earned her XXL silver wings 12 June 2017, 13 months and 1 week after amputation and 6 1/2 months after lung mets, she was the goofiest dawg ever and is now happily flying from cloud to cloud woof woofing away :-) 

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