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Costs of Amputation and Chemotherapy for Dogs: What Did You Pay?
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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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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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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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Amputation Costs

  • What city/state/country/date did your Tripawd have the amputation? Pullman, WA
  • Total cost of surgery? $2,700 (included radiographs, blood work, surgery, first acupuncture/rehab appointment and 36 hours in the ICU after surgery) 
  • Private practice or teaching hospital? Teaching hospital 

Chemotherapy Costs

  • What kind of cancer does your dog have? Osteosarcoma
  • What size is your dog? 50 kg 
  • Type of chemo given? Carboplatin 
  • # of sessions? 4-6 depending on progression 
  • Total cost of treatments? $260 per chemotherapy 
  • Private practice or teaching hospital? Teaching hospital 
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Thank you for sharing! Those are great prices compared to larger institutions and private practices in cities. So glad you got a break on the costs!

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Amputation Costs
What city/state/country/date did your Tripawd have the amputation? Sandwich, New Hampshire 7/2/19
Total cost of surgery? Amputation of right rear leg with a one night stay $1200 X-ray to diagnose tumor and medication $375. Chest x-ray, blood work and more medication $350 Total cost $1925.
Private practice or teaching hospital? Private practice

Chemotherapy Costs
What kind of cancer does your dog have? Osteosarcoma in right rear leg
What size is your dog? 130 pounds
Type of chemo given? None
# of sessions?
Total cost of treatments?
Private practice or teaching hospital?

         Hugs ❤ Bev, nurse Moe cat, Autumn's Angel Roane & Angel dog Gypsy 🐾

My sweet soulmate Roane was diagnosed with osteo in June of 2019. Had a rear leg amp on July 2nd & crossed the rainbow bridge to be with her sister Gypsy on the first day of Autumn Sept 23 2019.

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Thanks for sharing! Always so helpful!

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Houston TX

Private Pratice,

Xray, blood work, pain medications 725.00, includes sedation.

Medication refills before amputation for fetinal patch, 225.00.  I found you can go online and they have coupons that Walgreens except. Two patches was 105.00, but with coupon brought it down to 35.00.

Amputation of front leg 2,200.00, two night stay and includes medication

Follow up chest xray 225.00

Consultation at oncologist 150.00

For Hollostic treatments, including ozone therapy, laser treatment for pain, supplements, and rehab, right at 1500.00

Total so far – 5,025.00 and worth every penny!

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Treatment for Ginger, 11 years old.  Fibrosarcoma in rear leg on a Labrador mix.

Suburbs of Los Angeles in 2019.

Private practice.

Discovered when it was already very large so urgency was important (if it had grown significantly larger, the surgeon would have had difficulty getting a successful surgery with sufficient margins).  Identified as grade II in the initial biopsy but upgraded to grade 3 post-amputation.  So, our interest in getting it attended to quickly turned out to be important.

We spent very little time waiting for test results or doctor’s appointments (I was making the next appointment based on assumptions of what we would want to do moving forward even before we got the test results at each stage so I could minimize the wait time for appointments).

We had an excellent recovery – no complications – couldn’t have hoped for anything better.

Note that Ginger had no lameness prior to the surgery (didn’t appear to have any pain – was using her limb normally).  The doctor said that dogs who have pain in their limb prior to the surgery sometimes adapt more easily because they have gotten used to not putting much pressure on that leg or not even using it.  But, Ginger didn’t appear to have any difficulty in that regard even though she effectively had to adapt from 4 legs to 3 literally in one day. 

Rough Costs for diagnosis and treatment of fibrosarcoma. ($5800)

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$500 fine needle aspiration and initial x-rays

$700 biopsy

$800 surgical consultation and additional x-rays

$400 abdominal ultrasound (to confirm no other health issues that might influence long term prognosis or ability to tolerate the surgery)

$3100 surgery and related expenses (medication, hospitalization, etc.)

$300 miscellaneous (ramp plus other miscellaneous things that we bought to be prepared for her recovery – not counting time off work)

Timeline

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8/30 Discovery and fine needle aspiration plus initial x-rays. (needle aspiration was inconclusive)

9/4 biopsy

9/11 surgical consultation

9/16 ultrasound (couldn’t be done on 9/11 because this was a small practice, and the doctor who performs the ultrasounds was on vacation until 9/16, but the earliest surgery opening was 9/19 anyway so we scheduled the surgery even before we had the ultrasound results).  Note that getting an ultrasound in Los Angeles was more difficult than I expected.  We couldn’t find anyone that would simply do an ultrasound that had been ordered by another doctor and give us the results.  Everywhere we called required that we schedule a consultation and allow that doctor to determine whether they wanted an ultrasound (essentially getting a second opinion).  The practice we went to had a doctor in house who would do an ultrasound even though she wasn’t our primary doctor, but she happened to be on vacation.  We didn’t want to put Ginger through more exams and visits to another doctor just to get an ultrasound that we weren’t guaranteed they would provide anyway.  So, we waited for this doctor to get back from vacation.

9/19 surgery

9/20 home from surgery about 25 hours after the surgery ended – walked to the car (sedan) and hopped in/out but was carried into the house (we have a few steps)

evening of 9/20 walking in/out of the house to pee (up/down two steps)

9/22 redness deepened and spread across the abdomen

9/22 a short walk

9/23 first post-surgery bowel movement

9/23 walked about 200 yards

9/24 most of the redness is nearly gone or significantly diminished

9/28 walked around the block (typical residential neighborhood block – about 10 minutes – she seems to be walking faster than before the surgery, in general – maybe that’s due to how she’s learning to balance – and she really didn’t stop to sniff like she usually does)

9/29 reduced pain medication by half

10/2 walked around the block for the second time – about 15 minutes (stopped more often to smell the flowers and is starting to walk at a more normal pace)

Two weeks post-surgery 10/3:

10/3 digging in the dirt!  (I mention this because it takes a lot of balance for her to be able to stand on two legs and dig with the third, so I consider it a major milestone)

10/3 stopped pain medication

10/3 walked about 3/4 mile (up a relatively steep hill for part of the walk) – this is her normal nighttime route (she led the way – this is where she wanted to walk) – I think she was a little tired by the time we got back but was not in any distress

10/3 sutures removed

Julia and Ginger

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This is SO helpful Julia! Thank you for sharing all that incredible detail, I know that many people will find it useful.

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