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1 August 2022
WOOF! Canada seems really expensive! We weren't recommended for chemo or radiation; however, I did talk to an oncologist re: radiation before we got our histopathology report back, and it was quoted at $25,000. Yes. $25,000.
- What city/state/country/date did your Tripawd have the amputation? - Calgary, Alberta, Canada
- Total cost of surgery? - $7000 CAD which included the one-night ICU stay, all drugs taken during the stay, and the histopathology report (+$4k for the MRI and ultrasound, few hundred on meds, $2K on various consultation fees, $1k on a few different sets of x-rays)
- Private practice or teaching hospital? - private practice
Chemotherapy Costs - N/A
9 November 2022
My 7 year old Labrador, Bo just underwent left front leg amputation and came home from the hospital on 11/30. These are the costs I incurred in South Florida:
fine needle aspiration(inconclusive) and X-rays(suspected soft tissue sarcoma) $829
biopsy and CAT Scan(including chest to confirm lungs are clear) $2100
amputation surgery(board certified surgeon), including overnight care and one day hospital stay, IV meds and fluids - $4123 ( he is very scared at the vet and didn’t want to go outside to pee. He needed his bladder emptied by catheter and IV fluids. This price also includes pain meds for home).
Breed - Labrador Retriever( 7 years old)
Type of cancer - soft tissue sarcoma
Facility - private practice
Location- South Florida
Total Cost -$7100
My 7 year old Labrador, Bo just underwent left front leg amputation and came home from the hospital on 11/30. These are the costs I incurred in South Florida
Thank you so much for sharing! It never ceases to amaze me how expensive veterinary care has become since our Jerry had his amputation at UC Davis. Yikes!
18 November 2022
Hi - as suggested by Jerry:
5 year old Mastiff x, 170lbs. Diagnosed with front-leg osteosarcoma 2022-11-27; all treatment rendered in BC, Canada (Vancouver, Langley, and Victoria)
- Initial exam/sedation (he's a dink)/xrays of initial site and chest staging/radiology consult: $2100 (private vet, Port Coquitlam)
- Meds (gaba/onsior) $214 every 2 weeks (ongoing)
- Fine needle aspiration for confirmation of diagnosis: $890 (Boundary Bay Vets, Langley BC)
- Surgical consult $340; quoted $8900-$9300 for amputation at Boundary Bay
- CT scan evaluation ability to undergo amputation: $1420 (VCA) - ultimately ruled out amputation
- Initial oncology consult (with a vet we did not like/go with): $320 (Canada West)
- SRT treatment (CT, 3 days of treatment - 27Gy total; 9Gy x3) $13480
- Biphosphinate infusion: $1300
- Oncology consult with the oncologist we ended up going with: $180
- Chemotherapy (carboplatin; 4-6 treatments; with sedation.. because Boone is a dink): $2,248/ea ($8,992-$13,488) + bloodwork every 10-14 days post treatment ($240/ea; $960-$1,440)