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Costs of Amputation and Chemotherapy for Dogs: What Did You Pay?
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Caveat: Sadie lost her leg to a an SUV, not cancer. Also, her surgery required a blood clotting test, because it was unknown is she, as a Doberman, had von Willibrands, a bleeding disorder (thankfully, she does not).

Amputation Costs

  • What city/state/country/date did your Tripawd have the amputation?  Eden Prairie, MN
  • Total cost of surgery?   $3,100, which included surgery, blood clot test and one overnight at the hospital.
  • Private practice or teaching hospital?    Private veterinary practice 
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Thank you for sharing this helpful info 🙂

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Thank you for sharing this helpful info 🙂

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Thank you for sharing this helpful info 🙂

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Thank you for sharing this helpful info 🙂

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Amputation Costs
What city/state/country/date did your Tripawd have the amputation? Fairfield NJ (June 10th 2016)

Total cost of surgery? $4,025, which included surgery, bone biopsy, meds and one overnight at the hospital. No complications. Was given an estimated range of $4200-$4800 before surgery.

Private practice or teaching hospital? Private practice – animal emergency and referral associates in Fairfield NJ. Very good, 24 hour care and extremely thorough. I got more detailed discharge information for my dog than i did for myself the last time I had surgery. 

Chemo decision will be made pending biopsy results. 

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Amputation Costs

  • What city/state/country/date did your Tripawd have the amputation? Nr Cambridge/Cambridgeshire/UK/ 03/16
  • Total cost of surgery? £2,200 ($2850 approx) Inc 1 night pre op and 3 nights after as well as initial consultation and blood tests. No X-rays etc., as already done elsewhere. Right foreleg and scapula removed.
  • Private practice or teaching hospital?  Both. It’s a private, specialist referral hospital but also teaching.
Meg, Mutt, aged around 11, adopted 31/12/2009. Sudden explosive right elbow fracture 06/12 (caused by IOHC), diagnosed with End Stage Arthritis 03/15, Total Elbow Replacement 08/15, problems with healing leading to skin graft & skin flap surgery, Chronic Infection leading to implant breakdown. Became a Tripawd 9th March 2016. 
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I am getting ready to shred “the packet,” which is a big step for me, but wanted to provide this info. in case anyone in our community finds it helpful.   Otis broke his leg, so spent two nights in an emergency vet before his amputation.   The first night and transfer to the facility where he had surgery are not included below. 

Amputation Costs

  • What city/state/country/date did your Tripawd have the amputation?   Downers Grove, Illinois (suburb of Chicago)
  • Total cost of surgery?  $5346.60, inclusive of take-home medicines (Tramadol 50 mg tablets; Simplicef 200 mg tablets; Rimadyl 100 mg tablets and Fentanyl patch).   This includes costs related to the one night prior to surgery after he was transferred to the facility.  Does not include x-rays, which were completed at prior emergency vet facility. 
  • Private practice or teaching hospital?   Private practice, a VCA facility

Chemotherapy Costs

  • What kind of cancer does your dog have?   Osteosarcoma
  • What size is your dog?  96 pounds immediately post-amp
  • Type of chemo given?  carboplatin – 375, 372, 372 and 369 mg per treatment
  • # of sessions?   4
  • Total cost of treatments?   $709.64 (inclusive of oncology check and CBC).   Cerenia was an additional $50.17 for a box and Metronidazole was an addition $32.54 for 14 500 mg tablets.   He was on Palladia for about a week – the cost of that was $262.42 for two weeks supply – 14 50 mg and 14 10 mg tablets.   Xray rechecks were $327.15.
  • Private practice or teaching hospital?   Private practice – a VCA hospital

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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Just found this thread again, and wanted to bring it up for our new members.

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.  

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Thanks so much!

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Amputation Costs

  • What city/state/country/date did your Tripawd have the amputation?  East Greenwich, RI 10/14/16
  • Total cost of surgery? $3,413.19 – includes several x-rays, 3 night stay (admitted on 10/12), meds, bone biopsy, exit visit, return visit for staple removal and review.  $48.50 for Gabapentin refill when staples removed.
  • Additional costs from two different vet practices prior to admittance to Ocean State  – emergency visits – $288.00 total.
  • Private practice or teaching hospital? Ocean State Veterinary – privately owned but is a training facility also, open 24 hrs.  The techs and doctors were very helpful and patient with my nervous follow up calls post surgery and after she came home.

Chemotherapy Costs

  • What kind of cancer does your dog have?  Osteosarcoma
  • What size is your dog?  17 lb Cairn Terrier.
  • Type of chemo given?  none – diagnosed after amputation. 
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Pulling the thread up again, for the benefit of a new member.

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.  

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Thanks Christine!

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Amputation Costs

  • What city/state/country/date did your Tripawd have the amputation?  Appleton, WI June 17, 2014
  • Total cost of surgery? The amp surgery was $2600.00, not including the diagnosis stage which included 4 biopsies.
  • Private practice or teaching hospital? Fox Valley Animal Referral Center, private practice – 24 hour care/ER facility

Chemotherapy Costs

  • What kind of cancer does your dog have?  Osteosarcoma
  • What size is your dog?  80# Doberman
  • Type of chemo given?  6 rounds of carboplatin, averaging $280.00 per visit

Paula

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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"Be good, mama loves you".....run free my beautiful Warrior

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Thank you Paula, this is so helpful.
By the way, I never realized Nitro’s surgery was in Appleton. We were there with Jerry long ago!

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