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Costs of Amputation and Chemotherapy for Dogs: What Did You Pay?
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Thanks for the info! Much appreciated.

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Amputation Costs

  • What city/state/country/date did your Tripawd have the amputation? – Marietta, GA.  8/24/11
  • Total cost of surgery?  Actual amputation, 2 nights at vet (one night before, one night after) and all meds was just over $1,100.  there had also been just over $700 spent the week before for an overnight stay, surgery to see if the tumor could be removed (it couldn't) and for the biopsy, one set of traditional x-rays day before the biopsy (day we first saw the tumor) and then digital x-rays the day before amputation.  We shall see how much more it costs for future stuff…
  • Private practice or teaching hospital?  Private
We don't know yet if we are going to do chemo.  Discussing it with the vet tomorrow; but I think we aren't going to do it…
Also, in case it matters – he had a level 3 fibrosarcoma on his left shoulder.  Amuputation included scapula and quite a bit of muscle.  Lymph nodes came back as clean.
Editing to add chemo information:
Spencer is around 75 lbs.  
First time:
Type of chemo:  15 weeks, once per week, in 3 week cycles.  Week 1 was originally adria and cytox and then weeks 2 and 3 vincristine.  But he ended up having some heart issues, so we only did the one dose of adria and swapped instead to mytox for weeks 1 of each cycle.  Mytox weeks were just under $400, Adria weeks were right around $175.  This covered the IV, the meds, the bloodwork and also antibiotics for mytox weeks.  The one week he did the adria and cytox I think it was like $350.
He handled all of it well; but the cancer still moved to his lungs.  We are trying to buy him some more time, so he is now doing carboplatin, once every 3 weeks.  That is just under $400 for the chemo/IV, bloodwork and 2 weeks of antibiotics each time.

Jac and Angel Spencer.  Spencer was 5.25 years old. He fought a grade 3 fibrosarcoma, started on his shoulder.  Left front leg amputated in August 2011.  15 weeks of chemo finished 12/22/11 (mytox and adria).  Lung mets found on x-rays 12/28/11.  Started carboplatin 1/6/12. Went to Heaven on 2/27/12. I miss him like crazy every day.  See his blog here:  http://spencer.tripawds.com/

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Thank you so much for taking the time to answer this, I know future Tripawd pawrents will find it helpful. way-cool

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I'm way late on this.

Amputation Costs

  • What city/state/country/date did your Tripawd have the amputation?  Grayslake, IL, USA on March 15, 2011
  • Total cost of surgery?   $3500 for the surgery, which was a hemipelvectomy (more extensive than most), 3 nights and the follow-up visit with the surgeon.  But don't forget to add in x-rays, ultrasound, bloodwork, biopsies, meds, second opinion…
  • Private practice or teaching hospital? Private

Chemotherapy Costs

  • What size is your dog?  60 lbs.
  • Type of chemo given?   CCNU, then metronomics with cytoxan
  • # of sessions?  4
  • Total cost of treatments?  Each CCNU treatment was about $100 but it was pills not an IV.  Blood work was $60 to $125.  He had blood work about a week after each treatment, then again on the day of.  The cytoxan is about $70/month because it has to be compounded, and he needs a monthly blood test.
  • Private practice or teaching hospital  Private

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I'm late too….Ooops!

 

Amputation Costs

  • What city/state/country/date did your Tripawd have the amputation?  Aurora, IL, USA on July 29, 2011
  • Total cost of surgery?   $2,600 for the surgery, 1 overnight, pain meds after surgery and 1 follow-up visit with the surgeon.  But don't forget to add in x-rays, ultrasound, bloodwork, and pain meds before surgery and that was all about $1,100.00 additional.
  • Private practice or teaching hospital? a Specialty Animal Hospital

Chemotherapy Costs

  • What size is your dog?  46 lbs before surgery.
  • Type of chemo given?   Carboplatin
  • # of sessions?  1 so far
  • Total cost of treatments?  $81.00 for primary chemo consult and then $472 per treatment of Carboplatin. The first treatment was $525 because they gave you anti-liquid poop meds and anti nausea meds just in case. 
  • Private practice or teaching hospital  The same Specialty Animal Hospital

Cadence Faye: Born 10/30/04, stepped into our hearts 12/23/2004. Rear leg tumor found 7/24/11 by mom and dad, Xray on 7/25/11, Osteosarcoma suspected 7/26/11, amputation 7/29/11, Carboplatin started 8/23. Met free so far! 

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Amputation Costs

  • What city/state/country/date did your Tripawd have the amputation?  York UK 25th may 2011
  • Total cost of surgery?  £782  approx 2080 us dollars including xray and overnoght stay
  • Private practice or teaching hospital? Private practice

Chemotherapy Costs

  • What size is your dog?  roughly 44 lbs  20 kgs in english
  • Type of chemo given? carboplatin
  • # of sessions?  4
  • Total cost of treatments?  £1272  approx 1270 us dollars
  • Private practice or teaching hospital?  private same vets as where she had surgery 

Dizzy diagnosed with osteosarcoma 24 may 2011 amputated same day doing fine hopping around on three legs giving the neighbourhood cats what for

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■What city/state/country/date did your Tripawd have the amputation?  

Liberty, MO just outside Kansas City  Feb. 2012

■Total cost of surgery?

$1608 to include overnight stay, post op medication and phone support as needed.

■Private practice or teaching hospital?

 Private practice.  Shoal Creek Animal Hospital

Chemotherapy Costs  N/A

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We live in the Oklahoma City, OK area.  Scout's amputation (1/11/11) was performed at a (private practice) specialty surgery center by a board certified surgeon.  Total cost for amputation, one night stay, all pain meds, and follow-up was $1500. An MRI at this same practice was also $1500– I thought it strange that an MRI was the same price as a major surgery/overnight stay.

Scout: January 31, 2002 to November 7, 2011

Scout's diagnosis was "poorly differentiated sarcoma"; amputation 1/11/2011.  Scout enjoyed 9 fantastic years on 4 legs and 9 glorious months on 3 legs.  If love alone could have saved you…

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  • What city/state/country/date did your Tripawd have the amputation? – Smithfield, NC – July 14, 2011
  • Total cost of surgery?  Actual amputation, 1 night at vet and all meds was $1600.  Also included xrays to check for any spreading of cancer before surgery and 2 follow up visits with vet.
  • Private practice or teaching hospital?  Private
  • No Chemo was done
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What city/state/country/date did your Tripawd have the amputation?   State College, PA  –  December 1, 2011

Total cost of surgery: Biopsy $500; CT Scan of lungs $1100; Amputation (w/another biopsy of entire leg, one night hosp. stay and pain meds) $2000

Private practice or teaching hospital?  Private practice

Chemotherapy Costs: 6 rounds of Carboplatin at $400 each (includes CBC at each visit to check WBC count)

Follow up x-rays at 2 months from amp: $500.00

Zeus was a Husky mix diagnosed with Osteosarcoma at age 11.  A visible lung met and suspicious spot on his liver meant a poor prognosis-six weeks was our vet's best guess. We decided to fight for our boy and his right front leg was amputated on 12/1/11. We did six rounds of chemo, changed his diet and spoiled him completely rotten. We were blessed with 10 great months after diagnosis. Against the odds, the lung met remained a single met and grew very little over those months. A wonderful furbaby with the most gentle spirit, he fought with a strength that we never imagined he possessed. We have no regrets...
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Wow it looks like we got off fairly lightly with the cost of Kaylas surgery.

 

Where? Little old New Zealand

Total cost? Xrays, pain meds iv, 3 nights at vets, follow up app, take home meds and amputation $900.

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Daisy and I got off lightly, too.  Her amputation, overnight stay and all the meds that went along with it was $433.  The xrays prior to surgery and needle aspirate of her joint was $155.  The leg was sent to the local vet school for pathology and it cost $49.  Grand total $637.

My normal vet practice did the surgery (Columbia, MO).

Marla and Daisy

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Amputation Costs

  • What city/state/country/date did your Tripawd have the amputation?  Radford, Virginia 4-15-11
  • Total cost of surgery?  approximately $1500 (after discount) including 8 x-rays total (also wanted to make sure hips, etc looked ok before surgery), bloodwork, meds, IV cath, biopsy after amputation
  • Private practice or teaching hospital? private practice (got a 20% discount because I worked there)

Chemotherapy Costs

  • What size is your dog?  52 lbs post surgery
  • Type of chemo given? carboplatin
  • # of sessions? 5
  • Total cost of treatments?  approximately $1000 with discount, including CBC, IV catheterization, anti-nausea meds  
  • Private practice or teaching hospital? private practice where I worked

Ruckus is a 10 year old pit bull mix (9 at diagnosis) and will celebrate his 1 year ampu-versary in just a few weeks!  Doing great! 🙂

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This is valuable information, thank you for taking the time to share it. 
Hoppy Ampuversary Ruckus, you are simply pawesome!  May you continue beating the odds and have many, many more!!!

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Amputation Costs

  • What city/state/country/date did your Tripawd have the amputation?  Fairfax, VA 3/21/2012
  • Total cost of surgery?  everything excluding x-rays $3400
  • Private practice or teaching hospital? private practice

Chemotherapy Costs

  • What size is your dog?  68lbs
  • Type of chemo given? carboplatin
  • # of sessions? 5
  • Total cost of treatments?  each one is $1100
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