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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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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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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?

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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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