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Costs of Amputation and Chemotherapy for Cats: What Did You Pay?
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Since Tuxedo’s amputation was due to trauma and he sustained numerus additional injuries I can’t easily break down the initial bill as to exactly what was for the amputation vs his other injuries, but in case it helps others who might find themselves in a similar emergency situation know what to expect cost wise …

What city/state/country/date did your Tripawd have the amputation?  Wichita, KS on May 11 2017

Total cost of surgery?  Emergency stabilization & pain management , initial amputation surgery, xrays, ultrasound, various lab tests (blood urine etc), various wound treatments, blood transfusion & IV fluids, 2 day hospitalization, & after care medications $1671

Private practice or teaching hospital? Private practice – emergency care clinic after midnight admission (there is an extra $150 surcharge after midnight here)  Though all things considered, I believe their fees were very reasonable, likely less that what a standard private vet might charge.


Due to post surgical infection, Tuxedo also had a second surgery for wound debridement followed by 4 weeks worth of 3x a week debridement/bandage changes done each time under anesthesia coupled with cool laser treatments.  Total cost of this portion $1427.  This portion of his treatment was done at a specialized wound care vet also in Wichita KS.

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VERY helpful, thank you so much. Tuxedo is getting great care!

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Hi Tripawds community,

these are the ball park figures we have been estimated… we are only 3 weeks past surgery and one chemotherapy session in the bag! Only 5 more to go…! These are only approximate figures as the bill is still ongoing… these are Canadian funds.

Amputation Costs $2000
What city/state/country/date did your Tripawd have the amputation? Nakusp, British Columbia, Canada.
Total cost of surgery? Same as above, inclusive.
Private practice or teaching hospital? Private practice.
Chemotherapy Costs $700/session
What kind of cancer does your dog have? Osteosarcoma 
What size is your dog? 110lbs
Type of chemo given? Carboplatin 
# of sessions? 6
Total cost of treatments? $4000
Private practice or teaching hospital? Private practice.

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Fuzz initially was diagnosed by local town vet through a manual exam and poor xray and  who was not able to provide information to settle my unease ( cost was $150) so I reached out to Metropolitan Veterinary and pursued second opinion with actual oncologist. Below is that break down:

Amputation Costs

  • What city/state/country/date did your Tripawd have the amputation? Metropolitan Veterinary Hospital Akron, Ohio Amputation occurred on 9/20/19
  • Total cost of surgery?  Initial oncology consultation, labwork, xrays and initial medication was $702 at which point amputation was recommended- returned for surgical consultation for $127 and scheduled the amputation which totaled $3,219 for the pre-op testing/xrays and prep, amputation, 3 level step down hospital/icu care for 24 hours- itemized bill listed 1.5 pages of every detailed expense including things such as anesthesia, suture packs, warming iv lines, etc.  Returned 2 weeks after surgery on 10/4 for follow up and to have staples removed- no cost for follow up however, got a refill of gabapenting for $27.  Scheduled to return in 2-3 months for xrays as prevention for microscopic spread and determination of further treatment if warranted
  • Private practice or teaching hospital?  State of the art Teaching Hospital with 24 Hour emergency care and Various Specialty Departments

Chemotherapy Costs

  • What kind of cancer does your cat have?   Scapular Osterosarcoma-Osteoblastic, productive
  • What size is your cat? weighs approx 4.7 kg or 10.36 pounds
  • Type of chemo given?   none at this time- return in 2-3 months for xrays to determine if microscopic spread has occurred in chest wall
  • # of sessions?
  • Total cost of treatments?
  • Private practice or teaching hospital?
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