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Costs of Amputation and Chemotherapy for Dogs: What Did You Pay?
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22 April 2017 - 4:36 pm
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Amputation Costs

  • What city/state/country/date did you Tripawd have the amputation? Cart, North Carolina 3/24/17
  • Total cost of surgery? $900 pre-op biopsy, xray and diagnosis at oncologist & $2,000 for surgery to remove left rear leg. All meds, 1 night stay and on call support for post op. Total – 2,900.  (Quotes from oncologist and teaching hospital were 3,500-5,000 for surgery alone). 
  • Private Practice or Teaching Hospital? Private Practice- Quartet Veterinarian Referral Specialists and emergency hospital.

Chemotherapy Costs N/A

  • What size is your dog? 46 pounds period
  • Age: 11 years and 10 months.  Goal is 12 + years on 5/25/17. 
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30 June 2017 - 2:03 pm
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Amputation Costs

  • What city/state/country/date did your Tripawd have the amputation? Washington, D.C.
  • Total cost of surgery? 1,509.00
  • Private practice or teaching hospital? Private Practice: Friendship Hospital for Animals

Chemotherapy Costs

  • What kind of cancer does your dog have? Mast Cell Tumor
  • What size is your dog? 50lbs before amputation, about 44lbs now
  • Type of chemo given? Palladia (oral 3x a week for 6 months)
  • # of sessions? 72
  • Total cost of treatments? $7,650 ($1,250 each month to get full body scans, e.g., xrays, ultrasounds, etc. and re-up on chemo); We still go for scans once every 3 months, even though he’s no longer on chemo. I did not include that in the total above–but it costs roughly the same for each visit.
  • Private practice or teaching hospital? Private Practice: Friendship Hospital for Animal
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2 August 2017 - 3:05 pm
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Amputation Costs

  • What city/state/country/date did your Tripawd have the amputation? Los Angeles, CA. 
  • Total cost of surgery? $2,279.00 Includes all the fees related to surgery, no complications encountered. Personal vet did initial biopsy
  • Private practice or teaching hospital? Animal Specialty Group (referral facility)

Chemotherapy Costs

  • What kind of cancer does your dog have? Melanoma third digit right foot subungual
  • What size is your dog?  75 lbs
  • Type of chemo given? Not decided…will be Oncept (immunotherapy vaccine)
  • # of sessions? 4 plus booster
  • Total cost of treatments? $3500
  • Private practice or teaching hospital? Animal Specialty Group
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2 August 2017 - 6:53 pm
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Amputation Costs – 
What city/state/country/date did your Tripawd have the amputation?       Aurora, Illinois  in June 2017
Total cost of surgery?      $3200 (included 2 nights in ICU, did not include pain meds, antibiotics or gabapentin)

Private practice or teaching hospital?     Private practice
Chemotherapy Costs –     Avg. $450 per treatment (includes ECG, blood tests and chemo, does not include nausea or diarrhea meds or chest X-rays at #3 and #6)
What kind of cancer does your dog have?      Osteosarcoma
What size is your dog?       17 lbs (18 lbs prior to surgery)
Type of chemo given?      Adriamycin (doxorubicin)
# of sessions?      4 to 6 treatments (2 completed as of 8/2/17)
Total cost of treatments?      $3200 (6 chemo sessions, 1 zoledronate treatment prior to amputation)
Private practice or teaching hospital?       Private practice

Wyoming, NY
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3 August 2017 - 7:48 am
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Amputation cost:    

Rochester, NY / July 2017

Private Practice

$1700 included 2 night hospitalization,  go home meds with exception of meds needed from Human pharmacy

$400 Diagnostics

60# dog

Chondrosarcoma 

No Chemotherapy 

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3 August 2017 - 10:30 am
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Amputation Costs

  • What city/state/country/date did your Tripawd have the amputation?  Brooklyn, NY 
  • Total cost of surgery?  $4,000 (incl 2 night stay and first round of meds to take home)
  • Private practice or teaching hospital?  V.E.R.G. (Veterinary Emergency and Referral Group)

Chemotherapy Costs 

– n/a

– Fibrosarcoma

– 45 pounds

– 11.5 years old

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7 September 2017 - 7:38 pm
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Amputation Costs

  • What city/state/country/date did your Tripawd have the amputation? Denver, Colorado, USA; August 2016
  • Total cost of surgery? $2,100 (plus another ~$1,500 for diagnostics, labs, consults with specialists, pre-surgery abdominal ultrasound, etc)
  • Private practice or teaching hospital? Private practice

Chemotherapy Costs

  • What kind of cancer does your dog have? Mast cell tumor
  • What size is your dog? 40 pounds
  • Type of chemo given? None
  • # of sessions?
  • Total cost of treatments?
  • Private practice or teaching hospital?
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7 September 2017 - 8:04 pm
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Hello and welcome, your future posts will not have to wait for approval.

Thank you for contributing your information to this thread.

Please consider starting another thread to introduce you and your pup.  As you can see from my signature my Pug Maggie battled mast cell cancer.  Are you now a year post amp?  We would love to hear your story!

Karen and the Spirit Pug Girls

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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8 September 2017 - 8:48 am
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Neiman’s Experience

Amputation Costs

  • What city/state/country/date did your Tripawd have the amputation?  Grand Rapids, MI
  • Total cost of surgery?  Can’t remember exactly, but around $3,000
  • Private practice or teaching hospital? Private practice – done by oncologist, not regular vet. This included a 2-night stay and all follow-up visits.

Chemotherapy Costs

  • What kind of cancer does your dog have? Osteosarcoma
  • What size is your dog? 118 lb at time of surgery (overweight), became a svelt and healthy 83 lbs in the months after surgery
  • Type of chemo given? None – treated holistically based on a book I bought (was cancer-free for 4 years, then lived another 7 months after osteosarcoma came back in ribs)
  • # of sessions? N/A
  • Total cost of treatments? N/A
  • Private practice or teaching hospital? N/A
Steve Auletto
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2 October 2017 - 3:05 pm
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Amputation Costs

  • What city/state/country/date did your Tripawd have the amputation?    Mullica Hill, NJ   USA
  • Total cost of surgery?        $ 875 est.
  • Private practice or teaching hospital?     Large private practice

Chemotherapy Costs

  • What kind of cancer does your dog have?       Hemangeosarcoma
  • What size is your dog?       75 lbs.  big medium
  • Type of chemo given?   Not sure
  • # of sessions?    3 was scheduled for 4 but I could not afford the 4th one.
  • Total cost of treatments?       Aprox. $300 each session plus  Blood work in between
  • Private practice or teaching hospital?    Large private practice
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30 October 2017 - 3:12 pm
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Amputation Costs

  • What city/state/country/date did your Tripawd have the amputation? Newark, DE USA; October 2017
  • Total cost of surgery? $4,613, which included two nights at the hospital and antibiotics to come home with.   Did not include any pain meds.  Additional $2,325 for pre surgery diagnostics, CAT Scan, lab tests, consults with surgeon, etc)
  • Private practice or teaching hospital? Private practice

Chemotherapy Costs

  • What kind of cancer does your dog have? Osteosarcoma
  • What size is your dog? 155 post amputation 
  • Type of chemo given? carboplatin (this will start in the next couple weeks)
  • # of sessions? they expect 5
  • Total cost of treatments? Estimate $4000
  • Private practice or teaching hospital? Private Oncologist

Bobbi & Maddie a/k/a ManiacMads

Front leg amputation 10/17/17 due to Osteosarcoma

She's Madeline, She's Madeline

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30 October 2017 - 3:22 pm
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Thank you for sharing, this is so helpful!

Tripawds Founders Jim and Rene
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19 July 2018 - 4:12 pm
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Amputation Costs

  • What city/state/country/date did your Tripawd have the amputation? Austin, TX, 5/7/18
  • Total cost of surgery? $2,500
  • Private practice or teaching hospital? Private practice: Central Texas Veterinary Specialty Hospital

Chemotherapy Costs

  • What kind of cancer does your dog have? Osteosarcoma
  • What size is your dog? 70 pounds post-op
  • Type of chemo given? Carboplatin
  • # of sessions? We’re aiming for 6, one every 3-4 weeks; 2 down so far.
  • Total cost of treatments? ~$2,000 (6 x $300, but plus $120 for testing on weeks when his WBC turned out to be too low for treatment)
  • Private practice or teaching hospital? 
  • Private practice: Central Texas Veterinary Specialty Hospital (with their internal medicine team; no oncologist on staff)

There have been a few other miscellaneous refills of meds, scans, etc. that don’t fall into these buckets, but even adding those in, it sounds like we got off easy. 

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19 July 2018 - 5:09 pm
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Casey

Amputation Costs
What city/state/country/date did your Tripawd have the amputation?  Manassas Virginia, 29 December 2017
Total cost of surgery? Pre-op workup and BW, $170, Surgery, $700, Pathology, $135 for $1,005 total.  Left arm and shoulder, outpatient.
Private practice or teaching hospital?  Private practice, Anicira Vet Center

Chemotherapy Costs
What kind of cancer does your dog have? Osteo
What size is your dog?  61 pounds before surgery, 53 now.
Type of chemo given?  Carboplatin, 
# of sessions? 5 sessions, gradually increasing dosage to maximum for last two sessions
Total cost of treatments?  Probably $2,500 with bloodwork and X-rays
Private practice or teaching hospital?  Private, Valley Veterinary Oncology

Vaccine Study Costs, Evaluation and X-rays, $457, one round listeria vaccine, $1,292 or $1,392 (I forget).  The Oncology Service, Springfield VA.  Casey tolerated the vaccine poorly, and we just didn’t have the $3,000 plus completing the study was going to cost.

Jet

Amputation Costs (Actually mass removal)  
What city/state/country/date did your dog have the surgery? Manassas Virginia, June 2018
Total cost of surgery? Pre-op workup and BW, $170, Surgery, $550, Pathology, $135 for $855 total. Outpatient.
Private practice or teaching hospital? Private practice, Anicira Vet Center

Chemotherapy Costs
What kind of cancer does your dog have? Hemangiosarcoma
What size is your dog? 71 pounds 
Type of chemo given? Doxorubicin 
# of sessions? 5 sessions
Total cost of treatments? Probably $2,200 with bloodwork and X-rays.  3 sessions so far.
Private practice or teaching hospital? Private, Valley Veterinary Oncology

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29 January 2019 - 6:49 pm
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Amputation Costs

  • What city/state/country/date did your Tripawd have the amputation? Redwood City, CA (nr San Francisco). 12/4/2018
  • Total cost of surgery? approx $6,800 (including preliminary visits and x-rays, surgery, one night stay, meds)
  • Private practice or teaching hospital? Private practice

Chemotherapy Costs

  • What size is your dog? 49 lbs (post surgery)
  • Type of chemo given? Carboplatin
  • # of sessions? 2 so far. 
  • Total cost of treatments? Projecting four treatments will total about $3,000
  • Private practice or teaching hospital? Private Practice

We did this a SAGE, a private veterinary hospital chain in the SF Bay Area. It was crazy pricey. But, they have been awesome. They are responsive, they care about the dogs, and they seem wonderfully professional. They took her quickly and know what they are doing.

Samba: 10 year old female Australian Shepherd. Smart, loving, loyal, bossy.
Front left leg amp for osteosarcoma: Dec, 2018
Gary, Laurie, Xander, and Julius: owners
San Francisco, CA

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